Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


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Job overview

Highly Specialised Applied Psychologist (Clinical / Counselling Psychology) Preceptorship full-time Band 7 - 8A depending on experience.

Enhanced CMHT Walsall

Following a recent merger, the Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer an opportunity to deliver high quality person-centred psychological contribution to the Older Adult Enhanced CMHT [ECMHT] in Walsall. The post offers active links with, and support from, psychological and multi-disciplinary professionals within other BCHFT Older Adult Services based at Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Dudley.

The post-holder will be a valued colleague in a community based team, committed to a multi-disciplinary approach with older adult community based clients who present with highly complex mental health, clinical and social needs.

Main duties of the job

  • Clinical Responsibilities, Patient Contact
  • Supervisory/Professional Responsibility
  • Multi-Disciplinary Training and Development
  • Involvement in Service and Organisational Development
  • Facilitation of Service Redesign and Cultural Change
  • Facilitation of Service Redesign and Cultural Change

About us

Please access the following link to find out more about working as a psychologist within our Trust


We take pride in supporting, developing and engaging with our workforce. Staff engagement, recognition and wellbeing are vital to the success of our organisation, and we strive to provide a setting in which our staff can showcase their skills, innovative solutions and dedication to healthcare.

By joining our Psychology Team, we can offer you:

  • An opportunity to join a welcoming and friendly network of Psychologists
  • Interesting and varied clinical work and opportunities to develop/consolidate your skills

Job description

Job responsibilities

Band 7-8A preceptorship Job Description

Post Title: Highly Specialised Applied Clinical/Counselling PsychologistDepartment: Older Adult Mental Health

Location: ECMHT and TALCS- Walsall

Directorate: Older Adult Mental Health

Band: 7/8A preceptorship

Hours: 37.5

Contract Type: Permanent

Responsible to: Lead Psychologist Older Adult Mental Health [Dudley/Walsall]

Responsible for: (Staff Responsibility): assistant psychologists

Job Purpose

  • Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of specialist psychological care to clients with complex mental health conditions and dementia include challenging behaviours.
  • 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 dementia.
  • 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 Contact1.1. Provides specialist psychological assessment of clients with complex conditions including dementia and associated challenging behaviour 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 service users who may be at risk.1.3. Undertakes risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.1.4. Formulates plans for 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 specialist psychological therapies for individual clients, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations as required.1.6. Evaluates individual and group therapy options and makes decisions about treatment.1.7. 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. Contribute to clinical supervision of Assistant Psychologists under the guidance of their Applied Psychologist line manager. Provide supervision for qualified staff in the Therapy and Liaison Service.

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

2.3. 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 Psychology and Counselling service and HPC requirements.

3.0. Multi-Disciplinary Training and Development

3.1. Provides psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other direct care staff in MDT.

3.2. Provides clinical supervision to other direct care staff in MDT.

3.3. Provides training to other staff in MDT under the guidance of a more senior Applied Psychologist.

4.0. Service and Organisational Development

4.1. Participate in CQUIN and QIP projects, NICE benchmarking and compliance requirements as required within MDT

5.0. Service Redesign and Cultural Change

5.1. Bring an understanding of psychological change processes to own role within MDT

6.0. Service Evaluation and Research

6.1. Participate in clinical audits as required within MDT

6.2. Undertake service evaluation and research in MDT

7.0. Confidentiality

7.1. Patient and/or staff information is confidential. It is a condition of NHS employment that you will not use or disclose any confidential information obtained unless disclosure is expressly authorised by your employer. Misuse of or a failure to properly safeguard confidential data will be regarded as a disciplinary offence and will be dealt with in accordance with the Trusts Disciplinary Policy.

8.0. Data Quality

8.1. The post holder should ensure any data/information prepared for either internal or external analysis is fit for purpose i.e. that it is accurate, valid, reliable, timely, relevant and complete.

9.0. No Smoking

9.1. The Trust has a no smoking policy. Smoking is not allowed on any Trust premises.

10.0. Health and Safety

10.1. The post holder will take personal responsibility for any Health & Safety issues and obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act. The post holder should also be aware of and comply with other relevant legislation and policies e.g. Fire Regulations.

11.0. Infection Prevention & Control

11.1. Infection prevention & control is everybodys responsibility, it is a requirement for all Trust staff to comply with all Trust infection control policies and procedures.

11.2. All Trust staff should ensure that they fulfil their responsibilities for infection prevention and control, that they provide leadership where appropriate in infection control matters and that they challenge poor infection control practice in their workplace.

11.3. All staff must adhere to the Trusts Hand Decontamination Policy

11.4. All staff are expected to behave in a manner which protects patients, public and colleagues from infection risks within the scope of their role.

11.5. All staff should have infection control training at induction and annual infection control updates as required.

11.6. All clinical staff will have annual infection control objectives set and these will be reviewed at appraisal.

12.0. Safeguarding Adults

12.1. All members of staff have a responsibility to ensure that vulnerable adults are safe from abuse or harm. Employees must follow the Vulnerable Adult Protection Procedures and the Trusts Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Guidance. A vulnerable adult is a person who is, or may be, by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness, unable to take care of himself or herself, or unable to protect himself or herself against significant harm or exploitation. All instances of concern should be reported using the latest relevant form. It is an employees responsibility to comply with all current legislation, breaches of which may lead to an employee being subject to disciplinary action.

13.0. Safeguarding Children

13.1. All members of staff have a responsibility to ensure that children and young people are safe from abuse or harm. Employees must comply with the Local Safeguarding Board Child Protection Policy and Procedures and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Child Protection Policy. In any instance of concern, staff can contact the Trust Named Nurse for Safeguarding Adults & Children or a member of the Safeguarding Children Team for advice and support. It is an employees responsibility to comply with all current legislation, breaches of which may lead to an employee being subject to disciplinary action.

14.0. Professional / Managerial Codes of Practice

14.1. The post holder is expected to abide by the relevant codes of practice of the registering body for healthcare professionals, and, where applicable, the NHS Code of Conduct for managers.

15.0. Policies and Procedures

15.1. The post holder is required to abide by all policies and procedures of the Trust.

16.0. Pandemic / Other Emergencies

16.1. In the event of a pandemic being declared, the post holder may be required to adjust their days of work, hours of attendance, work base, and duties to support the delivery of services.

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.

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Person Specification



  • 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.
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development
  • oHCPC registration as an Applied Psychologist
  • experience/interest in oWorking with mental health and older adults (depending on designated service area)


  • oExperience of CBT, DBT, psychodynamic therapy, systemic therapy and other modalities of therapies appropriate for use within Older Adult mental Health including experience of facilitating groups

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Walsall Blakewell Village Centre

Blakenall Village Centre



Employer's website


For help with your application, contact:

Viba Pavan Kumar



Date posted

21 June 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7





Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Walsall Blakewell Village Centre

Blakenall Village Centre



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