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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 for part time
Closing date
21 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. We are a pilot site for the Transformation Model working in the community considering local need and linking with the community services. The NMHS teams have integrated psychological pathways for individuals with moderate/severe, severe/enduring, psychosis/bipolar and emotionally unstable presentations.

The post holder will deliver Clinical or Counselling Psychology core values and clinical practice, will work with a diverse service user group with a range of complex mental health needs and encourage empowered service users with trauma informed service delivery. We provide both in person and virtual interventions.

We welcome applications for full or part time working. This post is also being advertised as a Band 7, preceptorship post, leading to a Band 8a (see separate advert).

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.

They will provide psychological assessments, formulations, and individual/group interventions for service users with severe/enduring presentations.

They will contribute to the development of community based AMH services. This includes delivering applied psychological ways of working, such as audit, psychological consultation, facilitating supervision and reflective practice groups and delivering be-spoke training. This work will endeavor to include more co-produced psychological and trauma informed service delivery.

They 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
  • Use their initiative, be responsible and accountable for providing a systematic psychology service, specialist psychological interventions, clinical and research supervision and training for trainees and other Trust staff as agreed with the service lead
  • Work with managers and team leaders to develop services and improve quality in consultation with the service lead and be involved with associated meetings and seminars

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

Person Specification



  • 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


  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level

Additional Criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post


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



  • 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 of strategic planning and service development
  • Experience of teaching and training psychologists in a Clinical/Counselling Psychology doctorate training course



  • Knowledge required specific to the role and clinical area
  • Advanced theoretical and applied knowledge of psychological approaches for people with psychological problems including specialised psychological assessments and interventions for patients with complex and psychological presentations and physical health difficulties
  • Well-developed psychometric assessment skills
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis, as practiced within the field of Clinical/Counselling Psychology

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Worcester City Neighbourhood Mental Health Service Locality Team

Studdert Kennedy House, Spring Gardens



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