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Applied Principal Psychologist

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an opportunity for someone who is keen to use their psychological knowledge and skill set in a fast paced MDT environment and who is committed to putting patient care and recovery at the centre of their practice, to join a growing Urgent Care psychology team in the Black Country.

Taking a Principal Psychology role across 2 hospital sites (Sandwell and Wolverhampton) your role will be to offer day to day leadership to Senior psychologists, Assistants and Trainees who work across these 2 settings. Offering your own clinical skills into one of the wards at Hallam Street Hospital will allow you to exercise your skills in assessment, formulation, care planning and risk mitigation within the context of an MDT. Working closely with nursing, AHP and medical colleagues you will begin to develop the psychological offer within these 2 locality areas and will work with the Urgent Care Consultant Psychologist in this endeavour.

We have the following opportunity:

0.8 WTE Principal Clinical/ Counselling / Forensic Psychologist
Main duties of the job

Based at Hallam Street Hospital in Sandwell you will join a team of dedicated urgent care psychologists (clinical, forensic and counselling) and Assistant Psychologists working across inpatients, PICU, Liaison and Crisis Home Treatment settings. Your role on the inpatient wards would be varied and diverse, covering both individual client work (assessment, formulation and brief interventions) and systemic MDT work (e.g. activities such as care planning, reflective practice group provision and teaching and training). Working closely with OT, nursing and psychiatry colleagues this post will allow you to take a key role in further developing and enhancing the psychological offer within the inpatient setting, in line with LTP ambitions. If successful in your application you will oversee a number of the 8a psychologists within the service, offering you opportunities to strengthen your own supervisory and leadership skills, under guidance from the Consultant Psychologist in urgent care.

About us

BCHFT is a relatively new organisation having formed in 2020 from two legacy Trusts (Black Country Partnership and Dudley and Walsall MH Trusts).

The psychology Divisional leads embrace regional and national professional support networks such as the PPN, the ACP and BPS and encourage engagement of staff in these fora also. We have a strong Consultant leadership team pan Trust who support strategic developments across the Trust as well as offering support to the family of psychological professional staff.

Job description
Job responsibilities

We are looking for a psychological practitioner who is keen to apply their knowledge and skills in an inpatient setting and is flexible and adaptable in their approaches to psychological work. Good team working skills is essential.

Support to the post holder will come from within the urgent care psychology team which is well established, having existed in various iterations of the Trust since 1998. Beyond the urgent care psychology team lies a wider Mental Health Divisional team of community based psychological practitioners, Physical Health Psychologists and specialist services such as perinatal mental health and early intervention.

Person Specification
Essential and Desirable
  • Post-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
  • HCPC registration
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Working 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 the full range of care settings.
  • Liaison and joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Research and development experience
  • Experience of training and teaching others
  • Active participation in quality improvement and service governance initiatives
  • Experienced in risk assessment and management
  • Demonstrable evidence of Trust behaviours
  • Demonstrable evidence of good communication skills

  • BPS / ACP membership
  • Project management work

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