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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Worcester/Droitwich

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Pro rata for part time
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like to work in a service with national leaders and award-winning psychologists to develop and deliver cutting edge interventions for older people with mental health problems? We have a full-time position in our Worcester and Droitwich team at a Band 8a or 7 development post (advertised separately). Psychology is highly valued, both in terms of complex client work and supporting teams in formulating care, delivering training and leading service development. The role includes working with older people with complex mental health problems, including dementia and providing neuropsychological assessment. You could be involved in a range of ground-breaking projects and we are able to offer financial support and study leave to undertake training and a relocation package if you meet the criteria. See attachment for more details. To informally discuss this position please contact Dr Natasha or Dr Andy Ashley (; Consultant Clinical Psychologist)

Main duties of the job

  • Providing assessments and interventions for older people with complex health needs, including neuropsychological assessment. Interventions may involve family members and carers and include liaison and consultation.
  • Active contribution to MDTs: providing case discussion and care planning with an emphasis on sharing formulations and evidence based care
  • Developing an area of specialist expertise, as part of our programme of evidence-based therapies for older people. We have recently supported training and accreditation in EMDR, MBT, Narrative Therapy and the QICN
  • Contributing to audit, research and development work
  • Working towards providing formal and adhoc supervision to other staff, including trainees aswell as providing teaching and learning opportunities.
  • Providing clinical expertise and leadership in the psychological needs of older people and their families and contributing to a culture of support and collaboration both in the service and with partner agencies.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community nursing services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

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 Additional Criteria Essential
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post
  • Previous publications in either peer reviewed academic or professional journal and/or books
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge required specific to the role and clinical area
  • Well-developed psychometric assessment skills
Skills & Abilities Desirable
  • Able to think strategically; to consider the wider picture for developing specialist services long term and planning developments, which may impact across agencies
Qualifications Essential
  • 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
  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level
Experience Essential
  • 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

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