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Applied Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

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

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are pleased to offer this development role to an enthusiastic, committed psychological therapist/psychologist to contribute to the development and delivery of psychological services in the Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder Pathway in Herefordshire. This will be based at the inpatient rehabilitation ward in Hereford (Oak House), with close links with the other parts of the pathway (EIPS and AOT primarily).

Herefordshire is at the forefront of Community Transformation, and Oak House forms part of a highly performing Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder Pathway.
  • Part time working.
  • There is opportunity for some blended working (on site/from home).
  • The post is also offered as a development role (Band 7 to Band 8a). Please see separate advert to apply. Copies of both job descriptions are included in the supporting documents.

We welcome enquires so please contact the recruiting manager (details at the top right-hand side of the advert) for informal discussion. Interviews are currently planned for 19th January 2024.

We are concurrently advertising for a band 7/8a development role in a separate advert.

Main duties of the job

This post is integral to the provision of NICE recommended psychological therapies for people with diagnoses of psychosis or bipolar disorder. You will work alongside the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, as well as inpatient rehabilitation team colleagues.

The post holder will provide specialist individual interventions (CBTpbd and Family Interventions), alongside other models. The post will involve offering individual and group psychological therapies, individual and group supervision/reflective practice and consultation within the team. There are many opportunities for providing (and receiving) training, as well as working with colleagues across the pathway more broadly. You will be actively supported to develop service initiatives and trauma informed practice, as well as engaging in audit and research as appropriate, in line with key national and local priorities and with local partners.

We offer a variety of evidence based psychological models and invest in model specific supervision. As a development role, your personal and professional development will be key, fostered within a culture of strong, compassionate working relationships.

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

  • Behave consistently with and promote the values and beliefs of the organisation.
  • Use their initiative, be responsible and accountable for providing a systematic psychology service, specialist psychological interventions, clinical and research supervision and training to other health and care staff as agreed with the service lead/manager.
  • Receive and actively participate in regular clinical supervision in accordance with good practice.
  • Participate in national and regional professional speciality meetings and seminars as appropriate.
  • Meet and maintain targets within the Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder Pathway.
  • Undertake assessments, formulation, interventions, group, individual and indirect work with clients, staff teams, and families/carers.

For full details 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
  • Experience of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research/audit/service evaluation
  • Significant experience of supervised practice
  • 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


  • Some prior experience of supervising



  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and national guidance and their implication for clinical practice



  • Post Graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent Applied Psychology qualification), as accredited by the B.P.S
  • Registered as Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC
  • OR equivalent e.g. a recorded / registered qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy
  • Plus Further post graduate qualification OR training and experience in a relevant model of psychological therapy that meets accreditation training standards
  • Significant experience working as a psychological therapist in mental health services with people over the age of 18 years and demonstrating the required competencies
  • Is a member of a professional body, such as BABCP, BPS, NMC upon commencement of the post
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Is in the process of acquiring/has acquired clinical experience of an increasingly specialist nature

Skills & Abilities


  • Highly developed and effective communication skills, both oral and written, including ability to communicate complex, highly personal and sensitive information

Additional Criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post.

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Oak House

45 Barton Road



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