Clinical or Counselling Psychologist in Critical Care Rehabilitation

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year PA Pro Rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Physical Health Psychology, Critical Care Rehabilitation


0.3 WTE (11.25 hours)

We are pleased to offer this exciting opportunity to develop your career within our friendly and dynamic Physical Health Psychology Service. The Physical Health Psychology Service is a team of psychologists, psychotherapists, and counsellors who aim to assist people in adapting to and developing creative solutions for living with physical health problems. The Black Country Healthcare Physical Health Psychology Service currently operates across 3 geographical areas (Dudley, Wolverhampton and Sandwell and West Birmingham) with a number of contracts in each area. Due to service developments and staff promotions a number of vacancies are available and we would welcome conversations with those who would like to consider a single vacancy or combination of roles.

Main duties of the job

We welcome applications from experienced clinicians as well as newly qualified (or soon to be qualified) psychologists. The successful applicant will be banded according to their experience and offered an individualised and structured programme of professional development within the role as part of a preceptorship if necessary. Experience of working in a physical health setting is desirable, but we are also keen to hear from applicants who have been working in other specialties, who feel they have transferable skills. The most important qualities are good communication skills, working co-operatively and thinking creatively.

The post holders will benefit from joining a supportive and enthusiastic team of practitioner psychologists and other psychological professionals who utilise a varied range of therapeutic approaches. There are opportunities to engage in CPD and supervision across a range of models, including EMDR, psychodynamic, attachment, humanistic and 3rd wave approaches. In each role you will be working alongside a Principal Psychologist and other applied psychologists and psychological professionals, with support from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. A robust leadership and supervision structure is in place, alongside operational management.

About us

0.3 WTE Critical Care Rehabilitation - Dudley

This post involves close working with the Critical Care Rehabilitation Team at Russell's Hall Hospital. This is an MDT which is passionate about ensuring patients who have spent time on Critical Care have thorough follow-up of their varied rehabilitation needs during their inpatient stay. The role offers a mix of attending MDT ward-rounds to screen patients psychological needs following Critical Care admission, 1:1 therapeutic input with inpatients who have spent time in Intensive Care, liaising with and/or making referrals/recommendations to local services including GP's and community Mental Health Teams, to ensure patients continue to be appropriately supported in the community following hospital discharge. Alongside the varied clinical work there are opportunities to provide consultancy to the MDT and hospital Ward Teams.

Job description Job responsibilities

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The Dudley Pain Management Service is an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, pain consultants, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists and occupational therapist. The Psychologists in the Pain Management Team are fully integrated and highly valued members of the MDT in this well-established service, and the Post-holder will join a team of supportive and experienced psychologists. The post holder will undertake detailed clinical assessments of patients to determine their psychological needs and treatment within and beyond the service as part of MDT pain clinics. They will plan and provide interventions including individual therapy, joint working with colleagues in the multidisciplinary team and will facilitate an MDT Pain Management Programme. The post-holder will be involved in offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to nonpsychologist colleagues, and will also support the Principal Psychologist in the continuing development and improvement of the service.


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1.5 WTE LONG COVID (0.5 WTE Dudley; 0.5 WTE Wolverhampton; 0.5 WTE Sandwell)

Due to a recent service development 3 posts are available focusing on developing psychology provision within Long-COVID services across the trust. As well as holding a small clinical caseload, the post holder will have the opportunity to disseminate psychologically-informed care through attendance at multidisciplinary clinics and meetings. As an emerging area there will also be opportunities to contribute to service design, development and evaluation.

This is what our staff have said about working in the Physical Health Psychology service:

The psychology team provided a number of opportunities for broadening experiences, and the roles are varied in nature. For example, there are opportunities to provide supervision, training, reflective practice, team development and individual client work.

Thank you for helping me grow I wouldntt be the psychologist I am today...

My experiences enabled me to develop skills in consultation, which in turn helped me to support the development of psychological thinking in the team in which I was working.... in the development of psychological thinking across team meetings, trust wide discussions and broader forums where clinical decision making was involved.

For informal discussions please contact:

General Medicine & Post-ICU Louise Dodd

Chronic Pain Parneet Purewal

Palliative Care: Eva Matussek

Long COVID Sam Oakley

Person Specification Education/ Qualifications Essential
  • oPost-graduate doctoral level training in applied Psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • oPost-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • oHCPC registration as an Applied Psychologist with Chartered Status
  • oTrained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development
Experience Essential
  • oWorking as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • oExercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • oTeaching, training, consultancy and clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses.
  • oResearch and development
  • oQuality and service improvement and evaluation.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of: oEvidence-based practice relevant to the role
  • oRisk assessment and risk management
Skills/ Personal Qualities Essential
  • oProvide effective teaching, training, consultancy and clinical supervision for the multidisciplinary team
  • oWork effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake care co-ordination/lead practitioner responsibilities

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