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Inpatient Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Acute Adult Inpatient Psychology
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time: 37.5 hours per week (Over 5 days)
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Dudley & Walsall
£44,606-£50,819 per annum pro rata
25/10/2020 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 is Dudley

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved 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 3,000 members of staff 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: 

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

‘Thank you for helping me grow – I wouldn’t 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.”

‘My experiences enabled me to develop skills in consultation, which in turn helped me to support the development of psychological thinking in the team in which I was working.... in the development of psychological thinking across team meetings, trust wide discussions and broader forums where clinical decision making was involved.’

‘The psychology team provided a number of opportunities for broadening experiences, and the roles are varied in nature. For example, there are opportunities to provide supervision, training, reflective practice, team development and individual client work.’


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. With staff with national reputations in organisational change, skills and service development, and therapy there is no shortage of support for developing your career. 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.

Our Urgent Care psychology service (inpatient and crisis home treatment services) has a reputation for its cutting-edge, innovative practice. 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 highly regarded by colleagues of all professions within our services and are the ‘go to’ people for complex problems and creative ideas to make a difference to our staff and service users.


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.

So if you are ready for a new challenge and are looking for the opportunity to grow as a psychologist, if you want to be at the cutting-edge of urgent care psychology practice, and if you are committed to co-production, recovery and multi-disciplinary working, there’s a place in BCHFT for you.


We have the following opportunity:


1.0 WTE Senior Clinical/ Counselling / Forensic Psychologist

Adult Inpatient Services – Dorothy Patterson Hospital – Walsall



For discussions about this post and the service contact:

Dr Louise Glover on 07920871554, Principal Clinical Psychologist



We also welcome interest for our 8A posts from people completing their clinical training with previous urgent care experience.


Closing date: 25th October

Interview date: 2nd November



If a similar vacancy arises within the recruitment period of this post or up to 3 months afterwards, the Trust may chose not to re advertise, but to select a suitable candidate from this interview pool. The new post may differ in terms of the base, hours available (full or part time) or contract type (permanent or fixed term) and therefore you are encouraged to apply for advertised posts but specify on your application form your preferences.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Please see the job description and person specification for further information. Please contact either Louise Glover (Principal Clinical Psychologist - Inpatients) on 07920 871554 for further discussion or to arrange an informal visit to the service.