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Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Older Adults
NHS AfC: Band 8a
37.5 hours per week
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Bloxwich Hospital
Walsall and Dudley
£44,606-£50,819 per annum
28/08/2019 23:59

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust employs around 1,100 staff based at 28 locations across Dudley and Walsall. This includes three hospitals: Bushey Fields Hospital in Dudley, Dorothy Pattison in Walsall and Bloxwich Hospital for older adults in Bloxwich, Walsall

The Trust provides the following range of mental health services to around 560,000 children, adults and older people across Dudley and Walsall:

  • Community mental health services for children, adults and older people
  • Inpatient services for adults and older people at our three hospitals
  • Primary Care Mental Health services and Psychological Therapies
  • Mental Health Social Care Services
  • Employment, education and training support for people with mental health problems
  • Specialist deaf services for children and young people with mental health issues

The Trust serves a very diverse population. Equality of opportunity is central to everything that we do, both as a service provider and as an employer.


Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is a specialist provider of Mental Health services across the Dudley and Walsall areas of the Black Country. Recently assessed as “Good” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This is an exciting time to join our dynamic and caring Trust. The Trust has recently received positive feedback from its staff in relation to the staff survey results and strives to ensure the workforce is heard and represented in everything that we do.

We are shortly due to be acquired by the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and are working to complete this process by early 2020.

We are excited to be recruiting a new Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Applied Psychologist post to our established Older Adult Psychology team, working with older people with mental health problems. You will work across two of our main sites: Walsall and Dudley alongside a team including our Lead Clinical Psychologist and two other Highly Specialist Applied Psychologists, in addition to junior psychology colleagues.

We feel we have a lot to offer suitable candidates and with the potential to make a positive contribution, and be flexible in negotiating a job role that will meet your needs and expectations as well as the needs of the service.

You would predominately be working across two inpatient wards, which provide specialised care for older adults with complex mental health needs. This post offers an excellent opportunity to work as part of the Trust’s acute inpatient service line which provides a comprehensive range of adult and older adult mental health services across the geographical area.

We are passionate about patient care using a focused recovery model and you would be working collaboratively with an established committed multi-disciplinary team to provide care for service users with complex mental health needs.

Our inpatient psychology resource is highly regarded and seen as a valuable asset to the Trust. Your work would include assessment, direct and indirect therapeutic interventions, group interventions, complex case formulation and providing consultation, supervision and training. You will have access to robust supervision, professional line management systems and will be actively encouraged to continue your professional development and strive towards excellence in patient care. The successful candidate would be actively involved in reflective practice. We are passionate about patient care and you would be working collaboratively with an established committed multi-disciplinary team.

We have strong links with the respected local training courses at Wolverhampton and Birmingham Universities, contributing to the Older Adult teaching programme and having trainees and Masters students on placement. You will be encouraged to make links with Applied Psychologists working in services across the Trust e.g. through attending Psychology professionals’ meetings.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with excellent interpersonal and workload management skills, and a passion for working with older people with a range of needs.

Calls and visits to us as a service are very much welcomed and encouraged.

This is a full-time post; part-time or job share can be considered if you so wish, the needs of the service and the end service users however, will always take priority when considering such requests.


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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Please see the job description and person specification for further information. For further details or to arrange an informal visit please contact:

  • Debbie Cooper – Head of Service Inpatients and Home Treatment Services - 01922 608466
  • Dr Julia Cook - Principal Clinical Psychologist
    – Older Adults 01384 325182