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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist - Development Post

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
Ruckhall Lane
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
4 May 2024

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We have a great opportunity for a psychologist to join our Herefordshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Learning Disability Team. This is a part-time role (22.5 hours), offering a hybrid model of working combining virtual and in-person working, with a clinical base in Hereford.

This is a development role with progression to the band 8a upon successful completion of a preceptorship programme. It is expected that this will be achievable within a period of up to 2 years and will be dependent on the experience of the successful candidate.

In the event that the elements of the development plan are not fully achieved the role will remain as a band 7. This will be further discussed as part of the interview process and with the preferred candidate as appropriate.

In this role you would be mainly focused on providing clinical assessment and interventions to children and young people with learning disabilities and their families, offering a range of interventions including opportunity to offer consultation to families and their network of support. You would be working closely with other psychologists, managers and CAMHS clinicians and be supported to have a manageable job plan.

Herefordshire CAMHS has strong links with the Worcestershire CAMHS teams, both sitting in the same Trust, and the service has an excellent track record for supporting staff with CPD and working in specialist areas within CAMHS.

Main duties of the job

CAMHS LD sits within our core CAMHS service, alongside Eating Disorder and Duty team.

The cultural values and social ideologies at the core of the CAMHS LD Team are about shifting perspectives towards the social model of disability. Thinking about the child in the context of their support networks requires CAMHS LD Clinicians to always hold in mind broader environmental, formal networks and services. As such, the team has established strong connections with schools across the county, as well as, the Local Authority, enabling greater opportunity for joined up care and support to children and their families.

You would be offering assessment, formulation, consultation and intervention with an emphasis on child-centred and evidence-based care using a range of psychological interventions that best meets the needs of the young person. This can include direct work with the young person, family work or consultation/liaison with the network surrounding the child.

You would provide clinical leadership supporting the MDTs, providing supervision to other staff including trainee/assistant psychologists and contributing to audit, research, teaching/development work.

There are good links with local clinical training courses in Birmingham and Coventry & Warwick Universities, and regular opportunities to supervise trainee psychologists and contribute to training on the training courses.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer

27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service

Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours

Flexible and agile working opportunities

Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support

Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)

Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes

Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Highly developed and effective communication skills, both oral and written, including ability to communicate complex, highly personal and sensitive information
  • Advanced ability to develop and maintain a therapeutic relationship and manage transference appropriately
  • Able to communicate effectively within the team and build good sound working relationships
  • Good presentation and teaching skills, able to use multi-media materials for both formal large group situations and small informal settings
  • Ability to use IT equipment including the use of internet to carry out literature searches for research purposes
  • Able to prioritise own work and deal with competing demands to work effectively
  • Committed to promote patients right, independence and choice e.g., through informed consent for interventions



  • Experience required specific to the role and clinical area
  • Experience of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research
  • Significant experience of supervised practice including working with families and care organisations
  • Experience of assessing and providing a wide range of psychological interventions to a wide range of patients presenting with a full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for a patients psychological care and treatment



  • BSc/BA Honours degree at 2:1 or above in Psychology
  • Post graduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Evidence of regular continuing professional development through further professional training and experience, as required by the
  • HCPC and the BPS
  • Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) by the BPS
  • Registered with HCPC as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Additional Criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post



  • Knowledge required specific to the role and clinical area
  • Advanced theoretical and applied knowledge of psychological approaches and assessment for people with psychological problems, including specialised psychological assessments and interventions
  • Evidence of regular professional training and experience as required by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to maintain exceptionally specialist skills in psychotherapy
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and national guidance and their implications for clinical practice

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust



Benet Building

Ruckhall Lane



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