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Consultant Clinical/Counselling Psychologist-Service Lead-AMH

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£79,592 to £91,787 a year
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an enthusiastic consultant psychologist with excellent leadership experience, to lead Psychological Services in Adult Mental Health for Herefordshire.

The role is based in Herefordshire but provides psychological leadership to relevant Trustwide Service Delivery Units (MH Acute and Community).

Combining professional leadership and line management (including budgetary control) for all adult Psychological Services and CENS.

The post holder will continue to support, develop and integrate clinical services within community transformation. Key areas of leadership:

Workforce Development; PT:SMHP

Trauma Informed Care

Compassionate Leadership

Staff well being


West Midlands Supervision Hub

Alignment of AMH Psychological Services across Herefordshire & Worcestershire

We are offering a hybrid model combining virtual and in-person working.

There will be scope for direct clinical work based on area of expertise and service need.

The successful applicant will join a thriving psychological community, with excellent peer support, close working relationships with senior operational and psychological leads. Opportunities for professional development, innovation and research are supported.

This post has been deemed by the Trust as eligible for relocation expenses which will be applicable for suitable successful candidate(s).

Main duties of the job

The post holds professional responsibility for all adult mental health psychological services in the Community (Neighbourhood Mental Health Service): Specialist Teams (EIPS; AOT; EDS; Perinatal; CENS) and Mental Health Acute Services in Herefordshire.

Psychological staff: clinical, counselling and forensic psychologists; art psychotherapists; CBT and DBT therapists; CAPS and MHWBPs, trainees and assistant psychologists.

Maintaining a robust, confident and cohesive staff group has been and remains a priority.

Working alongside the relevant associate directors and senior management teams to provide clinical leadership, operational management, support and direction in the delivery and integration of psychological interventions and psychologically informed care to adults over the age of 18 years.

Key role supporting general workforce development and ensuring meaningful governance; extending the reach of psychological services and psychologically informed care across all disciplines and service areas.

Pivotal role co-ordinating training, (including PT: SMHP) and informing Trust strategic direction. They will represent the Trust at regional and national forums (such as the West Midlands Supervision Hub Steering Group).

Herefordshire has well developed initiatives around co-produced Trauma Informed Care and championing Compassionate Leadership. The new post holder will continue to support and develop such commitments.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health 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

Be responsible for the professional management /leadership of Working Age Adult Psychological services across Herefordshire, including community and inpatient mental health services.

In addition, be responsible for defined pathways across both counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire as agreed with the Associate Directors and Trust Lead for Psychological Interventions.

Responsible for the systematic governance of the psychological resources available to the client-group. This includes line management and professional leadership of qualified staff, trainees and assistants, and the psychological materials employed in the assessment and treatment of patients.

Report directly to the Trust Lead for Psychological Interventions and nominated Associate Director for one of the two mental health Service Delivery Units. They will work closely with colleagues to deliver high standards of professional leadership, high professional standards, high quality psychological care and positive outcomes.

Take responsibility for the training and development of staff in delivering informed and robust psychological therapeutic interventions, in collaboration with the Psychological Professionals working directly with patients.

Be responsible for psychological aspects of service and policy development across the client-group. To advise on the nature/level of the resources necessary, and to ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality psychology service is maintained across all sectors of care.

Provide leadership, take clinical responsibility and coordinate the provision of psychological interventions within a defined service area, across all professionals providing those interventions.

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

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Effective work at highly specialist level. This will include effective work in a multi-disciplinary context and having successfully held responsibility for systematic delivery of a service
  • Previous line management/ leadership role in a professional and/or operational capacity
  • Excellent time and workload management
  • Experience of maintaining working relationships and a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical aggression
  • Effective team player as demonstrated by outcomes of work and maintenance of professional working relationships
  • Evidence of maintaining effective communication when there are barriers to understanding and in circumstances where hostility, manipulation, conflict and antagonism are present
  • Proficiency in the manipulation of complex psychological test equipment for use in formal testing situations
  • Experience of acting as a highly specialist clinician proving care for people with highly complex psychological needs
  • Significant evidence of clinically supervising qualified staff. Either experience of successfully carrying out delegated professional management responsibilities or operational management experience, managing/supervising other psychologists, assistants and trainees and/or other staff, supporting the psychological work of other clinical staff who provide psychologically based care and treatment, recruiting qualified staff, conducting appraisals and monitoring performance of staff, interpreting and implementing clinical and professional policy and standards and impacting positive service/policy change for the client group, influencing both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/ or wider organisational matters need addressing, contributing to the planning and development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service, Holding/advising on the level of resources necessary and ensuring the systematic provision of a high-quality psychology service is maintained across all relevant sectors of care
  • Minimum 420 hours post qualification CPD with at least 280 hours while working at highly specialist level in an area of direct relevance. The CPD must be of a nature acceptable to the BPS and it would be typical to have gained such experience over a period of about 6 years
  • Receipt of extensive clinical supervision working as a qualified clinical psychologist of which at least 50 hours would be while working at highly specialist level with responsibility for entirely autonomous and systematic provision in a service area delegated to them
  • Evidence of service development, evaluative work, lecturing and R & D activities. Examples of developing new practices, services and policy for benefit of the client group
  • Significant post qualification experience some of which should be at highly specialist level
  • Knowledge of doctoral professional training programmes and contributing to course development
  • Experience managing both senior and junior staff
  • Significant experience working at senior management level
  • Experience preparing business cases and negotiating for resource
  • Experience of managing/controlling a budget and familiarity with financial issues
  • Experience of coordinating R&D activities of other staff
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-graduate level or above training and qualification in NHS leadership/management or equivalent leadership/
  • management experience
  • Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) by the BPS
  • Membership of the BPS
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a
  • Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
  • Additional formal qualifications demonstrating specialist clinical/managerial expertise relevant to post
  • Accredited membership of an appropriate psychological professional body, e.g., UKCP/BABCP/Division of Neuropsychology
Knowledge Essential
  • Advanced specialist knowledge/training/experience. This may have been developed in a variety of ways. Appropriate evidence could include relevant research, publications, additional qualifications or outcomes of previous work in the Specialism.
  • Evidence will include Formal training sufficient for the supervision/professional management of psychologists and other professional as relevant, Leaning acquired through participation in relevant specialist courses/training & Extensive post-qualification CPD while working at highly specialist level in an area of direct relevance. The CPD must be of a nature acceptable to the BPS.
  • Receipt of extensive clinical supervision working as a qualified clinical psychologist.
  • Highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models for psychopathology, psychometrics, up to date practice with client group and two or more psychological therapies. Care coordination or equivalent role with people with highly complex psychological needs.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory, practice and application of psychological principles to interventions and treatment approaches in this specialist field.
  • Knowledge of coordinating and conducting R&D activities in service settings. Knowledge of writing up R&D activity for a variety of purposes and audiences including publication.
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