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Principal Applied Psychologist NHS AfC: Band 8b

Black Country Healthcare NHS foundation
Sandwell / Wolverhampton
£58,972 - £68,525 Per annum
Closing date
16 Feb 2024

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Clinical, Counselling
Contract Type
Full Time, Part Time, Flexible, Permanent

Job Details

Main area Psychology
Grade NHS AfC: Band 8b
Contract Permanent

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
  • Compressed hours

Job ref 285-8353-MH
Site Black Country Healthcare
Town Sandwell/Wolverhampton
Salary £58,972 - £68,525 Per annum
Salary period Yearly
Closing 16/02/2024 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

To act in a lead role for the development and provision of Psychological Therapies within the Early Intervention in Psychosis Services; providing professional management, guidance, and clinical supervision to Psychologists (at Band 8a below); and clinical supervision to Psychological Therapists, and taking a lead role for the recruitment of psychology staff .

To promote psychological thinking and working within the team by offering psychologically informed perspectives on client care and consultancy.  To contribute towards staff/team development of skills and knowledge through offering teaching and training.  Conducting or supporting research, audit and service development activities within the service, taking a lead role where this is appropriate.  

To provide specialist and highly skilled psychological assessments, formulations, interventions and evaluations of outcome for clients with complex mental health issues, social and emotional difficulties, their carers and/or families, and groups, with the aim of maximising well-being, social, emotional and occupational functioning, to improve relationships with self and others, and reduce risk to self and/or others.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will take a lead role for Psychology within the Early Intervention in Psychosis Services, working to develop psychological provision for clients under the care of the service, through service development and the recruitment of psychology staff, and to provide professional management, support, guidance and clinical supervision to psychology staff within the service; as well as supporting the psychological thinking and interventions of non-psychology staff.

The post-holder will be an integral part of the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, who work with clients with a diagnosis of, or who may be developing, a First Episode of Psychosis, and who often present with complex mental health, social and relational difficulties.  The post holder will be expected to contribute fully, as an autonomous clinician, offering highly specialist psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation to individuals, families, and groups, as well as offering specialist advice and consultation to the team and other professionals.  They will be responsible for maintaining accurate and up to date records of their clinical activity and for collecting statistics relating to their work; and taking a lead role in developing audits, research and service evaluation activity. 

Working for our organisation

Employees, workers, and / or contractors will be expected to uphold the values of the Trust and exhibit the expected Trust behaviours aligned to the Trust’s values.  Individuals have a responsibility to ensure that they display the Trust values and behaviours in carrying out their job and that individuals feel able to challenge (or raise a challenge) when other colleagues’ behaviours breach the spirit of Trust values.

BCHFT are committed to investment in our Psychology staff so you will have access to a psychology specific dedicated CPD budget to support your professional growth. This includes postgraduate diploma training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For a full list of responsibilities, please refer to Principal Clinical Psychologist job description.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Honours degree in psychology (at level of 2:1 or above) with eligibility for Graduate Membership of BPS.
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS; including highly developed knowledge of models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, life span developmental psychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies (one of which must be Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and doctoral level research design and methodology.
  • Post-doctoral training in the supervision of Trainee Clinical Psychologists and sufficient experience to be recognised by the Division of Clinical Psychology as able to offer training placements to Trainee Clinical Psychologists undertaking doctoral training.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in an Early Intervention in Psychosis service
  • Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Psychosis (CBTp)


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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