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Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

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

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We are pleased to offer this development role to an enthusiastic, committed psychologist to contribute to the development and delivery of community adult mental health services in Herefordshire.
  • We welcome applications for full time/part time working
  • There is opportunity for blended working (on site and from home).
  • The post is also offered as a development role (Band 7 to Band 8a). Please see separate advert to apply.

Herefordshire is at the forefront of Community Transformation. We have an integrated and inclusive psychological therapies pathway, offering a range of standalone psychological interventions as well as delivering care to those with more complex presentations. We are central to the development of Trauma Informed Care and promoting Compassionate Leadership across the Trust and pride ourselves on supporting and developing our staff. This role will develop to be the link psychologist for one of the Neighbourhood Mental Health Teams, supporting the team to provide psychologically informed care, discussing referrals and providing individual and group interventions.

We welcome enquires so please do contact the recruiting manager for informal discussion.

Interviews are currently planned for 8th August 2024.

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

Main duties of the job

You will be a welcome member of a small but diverse team of psychological professions within Herefordshire Neighbourhood Mental Health Service. The team consists of applied psychologists, psychological therapists and art psychotherapists. New roles include CAPs and MHWBPs.

We prioritise psychological assessment, formulation and consultation early within a service-users journey. You will also:

Offer specialist individual interventions and contribute to our extensive group programme.

Help to create and sustain more co-produced psychologically and trauma informed systems of care.

Be actively supported to develop service initiatives in line with key national and local priorities and with our local partners.

Be a valued member of our highly respected psychological service.

Across the service we offer a variety of evidence based psychological models and invest in model specific supervision. We value strong, compassionate working relationships and will prioritise your 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

The post holder will:
  • 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.
  • Work with managers and team leaders to develop services and improve quality in consultation with the service lead.
  • Participate in national and regional professional speciality meetings and seminars as appropriate
  • Meet and maintain targets within the adult mental health service
  • 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.

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

Person Specification

Skills & Abilities


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



  • 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)
  • Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) by the BPS
  • Registered with HCPC as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
  • Evidence of regular continuing professional development through further professional training and experience, as required by the HCPC and the BPS
  • Post qualification training in specific, evidence-based techniques for use with clients with complex psychological presentation and/or physical health difficulties, across the age span.



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

Additional criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post



  • 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
  • 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
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist within the relevant area.
  • Training and experience in the application of psychological knowledge within a number of different specialities

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Rose Cottage

Belle Orchard




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