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Senior Psychologist in Eating Disorders

Black Country Healthcare NHS foundation
Black Country
£50,952 - £57,349 pro rata
Closing date
26 Feb 2024

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Clinical, Counselling
Contract Type
Part Time, Permanent

Job Details

Senior Psychologist in Eating Disorders

NHS AfC: Band 8a
Main area Psychology, eating disorders
Grade NHS AfC: Band 8a
Contract Permanent
Hours Part time - 22.5 hours per week
Job ref 285-0237B-CYPF
Site Black country
Town Black Country
Salary £50,952 - £57,349 pro rata
Salary period Yearly
Closing 26/02/2024 23:59

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
  • Mental health services for children and young people
  • Community healthcare services for children, young people and families in Dudley

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, with 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.

We currently employ over 3,500 people and just like the population we serve, we are made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Whatever your role, working in a NHS Foundation Trust, like ours, is a demanding and extremely rewarding experience. Knowing that every day you can help to make a positive difference to someone’s life is a very powerful feeling. We know that our Trust runs on this desire to help and support people, and our Trust vision expresses this. Our vision is to improve health and wellbeing for everyone, especially our colleagues to achieve the best possible work/life balance.

We proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment and flexible working policies. We have a wide range of professional services and employee networks to help our colleagues be at their best - and find support if they need it. To find more about our staff benefits, please visit our website: 

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and ethnic minority candidates are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Black Country Healthcare we recognise and value all forms of knowledge and expertise, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification or criteria in the job description/person specification, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

For further supporting information to help you apply for this role please see documents attached under ‘Additional documents’.

Job overview

Band 8a senior psychologist (7-8a developmental post)

 All Aged Eating Disorder Service

Band 8a (7-8a developmental post)

0.6 wte


Across the Black Country 

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join our team and contribute to shaping this aspirational service.  We are able to offer this as an 8a post or for the right candidate a developmental post from band 7 to 8a.The post holder will provide highly specialist psychological work and contribute to the assessment, formulation and delivery of evidence based psychological treatments for people with eating disorders and their families, a s part of an MDT approach. A core part of this role is to promote a trauma-informed, psychological perspective and support the wider team through supervision, training, and consultation. They will show an aptitude for leadership skills and ensure that a psychological perspective is brought to service redesign and cultural change. The post holder will also take a key role in supporting the team leader/principal psychologist with research and clinical governance activities. Whilst prior experience of working with eating disorders is of course beneficial, we would be keen to hear from anybody with transferable skills and enthusiasm for the field.

Working for our organisation

We are in the process of delivering our all age model across the whole of the Black Country and are looking for a clinical or counselling psychologist with a special interest in eating disorders to join our team and contribute to the delivery and development of this growing service. The service is part of the FREED network to deliver care for early intervention in the treatment of eating disorders and we are ensuring all of the service will deliver on prompt access and waiting times across the service regardless of age. The service is multidisciplinary and psychologically informed, building its existing pathways around severe enduring eating disorders, ARFID, outreach and physical health care. Our most recent CQC inspection of the service rated us Good in all areas and Outstanding in responsiveness and our vision is to work as a team to continuously improve. We positively welcome applications from people who represent diverse communities.

Please see our videos about working in our service and the Trust Psychology video.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The All Age eating Disorder Service is the perfect place to be part of a team that is passionate about patient care and working together. Our Psychologists utilise their skills for the benefit of the team development and ensuring excellent standards. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered with HPC
  • Qualified counselling or clinical psychologist
  • Significant post qualifying experience
  • Passion and interest in ED
  • Works in line with trust and team values
Desirable criteria
  • cpd in eating disorders
  • experience in eating disorders


Join Black Country's lead provider for mental health, learning disabilities and autism services

The Black Country, a vibrant and diverse region in the West Midlands, near Birmingham. It’s known for its strong community spirit and rich heritage

At Black Country Healthcare, we empower you to provide exceptional care and services. Psychology is a vital and influential field, represented at every level in our Trust, including the role of our Executive Director of Therapies, a Consultant Psychologist.

To support your career with us, we provide an extensive array of support, development, and progression opportunities. This includes a dedicated psychology-specific CPD budget and benefits such as:

  • Flexible Working
  • University Links
  • Staff Benefits
  • Support Systems
  • Professional Groups
  • Support for Overseas Recruitment & Transition

Join us and be part of a Trust that values your growth and wellbeing

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