Applied Principal Psychologist

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


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Job overview

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

[BCHFT} takes multi-disciplinary working to a whole new level psychology is so valued by all of the professionals here

It is clear that a lot of work has taken place to increase the profile of psychology across the organisation, and enable other professionals to understand the way in which thinking psychologically could support and enhance the organisation.

From the quotes from previous staff above, all of whom have gone on to secure significant promotions and career development, it is clear that BCHFT Mental Health Division Psychology is known for its commitment to helping its psychologists be the best they can be. Whatever you see as your future in psychology, BCHFT Mental Health can help you get there. In your role as a psychologist here, there are opportunities in leadership, in developing others, in developing advanced therapeutic skills and in organisational development and change.

Main duties of the job

Our Urgent Care psychology service is well established and valued within the organisation. Having been one of the first Trusts nationally to employ dedicated inpatient psychologists in the late-90s, and in the development of Crisis Home Treatment teams, we strive to maintain and continually improve our excellent service and reputation through our commitment to co-production, integrated multi-disciplinary team working, and our recovery-promoting drive.

We are proud of the fact that our staff have secured significant promotions into Consultant and Principal posts across the region. These have provided the opportunity to welcome new staff into our service, staff who are equally committed to making a positive difference to our services, our staff and our service users.

We have the following opportunity:

0.8 WTE Principal Clinical/ Forensic Psychologist

Working between Wolverhampton and Walsall Mental Health Liaison Services

About us

More details about the nature of Mental Health Liaison Services can be found in the attachment associated with this advert.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Consultant Psychology Leads within the Mental Health Division to develop and embed a new branch of urgent care psychological input into liaison services.

Working with nursing and psychiatry colleagues the successful post holder will contribute towards successful outcomes for service users and their carers as well as taking a lead role in upskilling both liaison team and general hospital staff in psychosocial approaches to mental health care. Through working directly into acute hospital wards the post holders will aim to influence length of stay and readmission rates for users of the service. There will be opportunities to shape service delivery as these teams form and develop their practices.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for a psychological practitioner who is 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 successful candidate will have a working knowledge of a number of key clinical areas including mental health, substance misuse and risk. Knowledge of physical health and organic conditions would be advantageous. Robust supervision and support to the MDT will be another key aspect of this role as staff continue to work in challenging general hospital environments.

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 and Physical Health Psychologists (also based within the general hospitals). Further afield again, the MH Division operates within a close network of Lead Psychological practitioners across the Trust Divisions. This post is offered at a time when the Trust is also, for the first time, recruiting to a Director of Therapies post, thus offering Psychology and AHP staff closer and more direct ties to the Trust Board.

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

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


New Cross Hopsital

Wolverhampton Road


WV10 0QP

Employer's website

For help with your application, contact:

Carolyn Hurcom


Date posted

16 July 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8b


£53,168 to £62,001 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

New Cross Hopsital

Wolverhampton Road


WV10 0QP

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