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Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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We would like to appoint an experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to work in the Adult Mental Health (AMH) Neighbourhood Mental Health Services (NMHS) in Worcestershire to particularly work with people who present with Psychosis and Bipolar. The NMHS teams have integrated psychological pathways for individuals who present with moderate/severe, severe/enduring, psychosis/bipolar and emotional regulation difficulties. We aspire to encourage a sense of empowerment in our service users through working with trauma informed service delivery.

The post holder will deliver Clinical or Counselling Psychology core values and clinical practice, will work with a diverse service user group presenting with Psychosis and Bipolar with a range of complex mental health needs.

The post holder will input into teaching, training, research and supervision. We have excellent links with the local doctorate training courses and offering a training placement would be encouraged.

We welcome applications for part-time working but would be happy to discuss alternative working hours as necessary.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an integral member of the NMHS, working with other psychologists and mental health professionals. They will be a valued member of the psychology provision within the Trust.

The post holder would work individually, providing psychological assessments and formulations with individuals presenting with Psychosis or Bipolar with complex psychological presentations. Group work will also be provided for service users and their families. Team consultation, reflective practice, supervision, research and teaching would also be delivered by the post holder as appropriate for the working hours. We provide both in person and virtual interventions alongside applied psychological ways of working with MDT colleagues.

The post holder will receive both clinical supervision and line management. Across the service we offer a variety of supervision for evidence-based models and invest in model specific supervision. Priority will be given to wellbeing and personal and professional development.

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

Alongside the Band 8a Job Description and Person Specification. The post holder will also:

Behave consistently with and promote the values of the Trust

Adhere to HCPC practice guidelines

Implement the psychology provision guidelines and Trust policies

Evaluate referrals, undertake the assessment, treatment, and management of patients with psychological difficulties with a varying range of complexity and aetiology with reference to clinical need and service capacity

Meet and maintain targets within the psychology provision

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

Person Specification



  • Experience required specific to the role and clinical area
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working as a qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist within the relevant area
  • Sufficient training and experience to be recognised by the Division of Clinical/Counselling Psychology as a suitably qualified psychologist to offer clinical placements to trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologists
  • Training and experience in the application of psychological knowledge within a number of different specialties
  • Experience of assessing and providing a wide range of psychological interventions to patients presenting with the full degree of clinical severity and across a range of clinical mental health presentations
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research


  • Experience in appropriate and up to date methods in dealing with patients who may be very distressed, have cognitive impairment, may be aggressive, or have a history of developmental trauma
  • Experience of strategic planning and service development
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to trainees, assistant psychologists and/or other professionals



  • 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


  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including the use and limitations of complex multivariate data analysis and qualitative methods as practiced within the field of Clinical /Counselling Psychology



  • 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 British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Post qualification training in specific, evidence based techniques for use with clients with complex psychological presentations and/or physical health difficulties, across the age span
  • Evidence of regular further professional training and experience as required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the BPS
  • Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) by the BPS
  • Eligible for registration as a Practitioner member of the BPS Division of Clinical/Counselling Psychology
  • Registered with HCPC as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer

Additional Criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post


  • Previous publications in either peer reviewed academic or professional journal and/or books

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


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