Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist-Band 8B

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Oldbury, West Midlands,
Depending on experience salary is dependant on experience
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a Full-time Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist to our community based Treatment Team service, for working age adults, who have experience in secondary care services working with clients who have a complex trauma presentation and diagnosis such as Bipolar, Psychosis, & Personality Disorders.

The successful applicants will join the local based team consisting of clinical and counselling psychologists, psychotherapists and intervention practitioners .

The post holders will be supported and accountable to the team/service manager team manager, and be professionally supported by a consultant psychologist.

The successful applicant needs to be keen to apply their knowledge and skills in a new setting and is flexible and adaptable in their approaches to psychological work. Good team working skills and an ability to accommodate differing professional models is essential. The post holder will develop complex formulations, offer supervision, consultancy, reflective practice groups and training. They will lead on developing the understanding of psychological approaches to mental health recovery, building relationships with people with trauma histories and attachment difficulties and supporting the Team with training needs and guidance.

Main duties of the job

There will be opportunities to be directly involved in shaping the service model and developing the other Teams going forward. You will take a lead in developing and designing service evaluations, and will engage and empower service users and carers to continually work on improving the service.

We are linked closely to local universities and provide placements for trainees . The applicant will be expected to supervise and provide placements to such courses.

Members of our wider psychology team have wide-ranging therapeutic interests ranging from psychodynamic to systemic/narrative and cognitive-behavioural models as well as expertise in consultancy, supervision and training and form a supportive network for team and service members.

All candidates are expected to be registered with a recognised professional body for psychological therapies and evidence will be required at interview.

The interview will consist of 20 minute presentation (title will be given when successful to moving to interview stage) followed by a panel interview.

We welcome formal and informal enquiries about this post. Please email Ms Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, Consultant Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and Chartered Scientist on to discuss the post further.

About us
About Us

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country. Across the whole of the region we provide:
  • Adult and older adult mental health services
  • Specialist learning disability services

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.

As a public body, we are accountable to the people we serve. The Trust Board is responsible for determining the strategy and overall direction of the Trust in an open, honest, and transparent manner.

Trust Values and Behaviours

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has a set of Trust Values and Behaviours to improve the experience for our patients and our staff. This means that in undertaking this role the post holder is expected at all times to behave is a way that demonstrates commitment to the delivery of thoughtful patient care and continuous improvement as detailed in the table below.

You will be entitled to a number of Employment Benefits too.
Job description
Job responsibilities
Job Description
Post Title: Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist
Full time - 0.8 post (4 full days required) equivalent to 30hrs
Department: Treatment Team
Location: Quayside House, Sandwell
Directorate: Adult Mental Health
Band: 8B
Hours: 0.8 FTE
Contract Type: Permanent
Responsible to: Team/Service Manager & Consultant Psychologist & collaboratively work with the Deputy Team Leader.
Responsible for: 7 & 8a Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Trainees/Psychotherapists .
Job Purpose
  • Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of highly specialist psychological care to clients with highly complex and contentious mental health conditions or learning disabilities which include challenging behaviours and possible risk of physical aggression.
  • To be compassionate in meeting the needs of clients, their carers and families.
  • To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental ill health or learning disabilities.
  • To promote at all times a positive image of the service and the wider Trust.
  • In line with the banding of the post and its service context to:
    • Exercise supervisory/professional responsibility for other psychological therapists
    • Provide leadership in multi-disciplinary training and development
    • Provide leadership in service audit and development
    • Provide leadership in service evaluation and research
    • Ensure that a psychological perspective is brought to service redesign and cultural change

Main Duties/Responsibilities
  • Clinical Responsibilities, Patient Contact

1.1. Provides highly specialist psychological assessment of clients with highly complex and contentious conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources, which may include neuropsychological testing.

1.2. Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.

1.3. Undertakes risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides highly specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management and the high physical risks inherent in the client group.

1.4. Formulates plans for highly specialist psychological therapy and/or management of clients mental health conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice. Negotiates the implementation of such plans with clients and/or their carers.

1.5. Implements a range of highly specialist psychological therapies for individual clients, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations as required.

1.6. Undertakes highly skilled evaluations and makes decisions about treatment options.

1.7. Provides highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other staff contributing directly to clients diagnosis, formulation and intervention plan.

1.8. Facilitates decision-making by planning and mapping processes/interventions with members of the team to determine the most appropriate treatment modality or service for clients.

1.9. Leads the multi-disciplinary care team in the development and implementation of multi-disciplinary care plans where appropriate. Monitors progress during the course of multidisciplinary interventions.

1.10. To liaise with other professionals working within the NHS, Social Inclusion and Health and the voluntary sector on matters relating to client care that have implications for the service.

2.0 Supervisory/Professional Responsibility
2.1. Clinical supervision of Trainee Applied Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists and professionals within the Treatment Team.
2.2. Supervises Band 7 and 8a Applied Psychologists & CPN's.

2.3. Specialist psychological supervision and scaffolding in a care pathway/cluster

2.4. Line manage Assistant Psychologists

2.5. Will hold responsibility and accountability for their own actions, ensuring appropriate support and supervision is sought when required.

2.6. To keep abreast of current developments in this field through reading, attendance at appropriate training courses, and a range of other CPD activities, and to ensure that a log is kept of this in line with HCPC requirements.

2.7. To contribute, as appropriate, to the teaching offered on the local Applied Psychology training courses.

3.0 Multi-Disciplinary Training and Development
3.1. To work with members of the multi-disciplinary team to develop and maintain psychologically minded ways of understanding and working with clients using the services, both to promote and maintain the mental health and coping strategies of the clients and to maintain the safety of clients and staff.

3.2. Provides highly specialist advice, guidance and consultation to other direct care staff in MDT

3.3. Provide clinical supervision to other direct care staff in MDT

3.4. Ensures appropriate clinical supervision and scaffolding is in place to enable embedding of psychological skills in relation to a specific care pathway/cluster

3.5. Assesses the need for and develops a plan for training in psychological interventions for the team in relation to a specific care pathway/cluster

3.6. Devises and delivers training to staff which may include those outside immediate MDT in consultation with Consultant Applied Psychologist

4.0 Service and Organisational Development
4.1. Clinically leads MDT in development, implementation and monitoring of MD care plans/ pathways/clusters

4.2. Takes a lead role in MDT delivery of CQUIN and QIP projects, NICE benchmarking and compliance requirements as required within MDT

4.3. Able to identify service priorities and to work with Consultant Applied Psychologist and/or Team/Service Managers on developing these into action plans

5.0 Service Redesign and Cultural Change
5.1. Bring an understanding of psychological change processes to own role within MDT and to help MDT to cope with changes, in consultation with Consultant Applied Psychologist

5.2. Bring an understanding of psychological change processes to help Team/Service Managers to devise suitable plans for change

5.3. Represent a psychological perspective in regular specific Division-wide forums around governance, quality and redesign under guidance from Consultant Applied Psychologist

6.0 Service Evaluation and Research
6.1. Take a lead role in clinical audits as required within MDT

6.2. Evaluates training and competencies of staff who have been trained in psychological therapies in relation to the care pathway/cluster

6.3. Undertake service evaluation and research

6.4. Working on projects from conception to delivery

6.5. Leading projects across MDTs in agreement with Consultant Psychologist and Team/Service Manager

6.6. Engaging multiple stakeholders in project work including service users and/or carers

6.7. Developing and implementing outcome monitoring within MDT

6.8. Supervise Applied Psychology trainee service evaluation and/or research

7.0 Other
7.1. To undertake any other duties of a similar nature consistent with the responsibilities of this post in order to provide a quality Community Team service.

Job Description

This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Other duties, responsibilities and work base appropriate to this role / grade, may also be required. The manager will discuss this with the post holder where necessary.

Person Specification
20 mins Presentation and questions asked by interview Panel
  • 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

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