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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
paediatric diabetes - dudley
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Part time: 18.75 hours
Job ref
russells hall hospital
£45,753 - £51,668
12/07/2020 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’.


Clinical / Counselling Psychologist - Physical Health Psychology

Dudley Paediatric Diabetes Service at Russells Hall Hospital


0.5 wte (18.75 hours)

This is an exciting opportunity to join a large, successful and expanding Foundation Trust in the Black Country, West Midlands with a reputation for good patient care.

We have a very supportive and caring management team to ensure that clinicians are fully supported in the roles that they do. BCPFT prides itself on its investment in staff both in terms of developing career skills but also its commitment to staff health and wellbeing.

The Physical Health Psychology Service is a large team of psychologists, therapists and counsellors who aim to assist people in adapting to and developing creative solutions for living with physical health problems. The BCPFT Physical Health Psychology Service currently operates across 3 geographical patches (Dudley, Wolverhampton and Sandwell and West Birmingham). This is a new post will focus on the Dudley area only and will be based at Russells Hall Hospital, in the Paediatric Diabetes Service who really value the input provided by psychology to the team and their patients in community, outpatient and inpatient environments.

Alongside this relatively new post are two long established clinical/counselling psychology posts in Sandwell and Wolverhampton. So there are excellent opportunities for peer support and clinical supervision. The Paediatric Diabetes Teams within the West Midlands are closely connected to the Children and Young People's West Midlands Diabetes Network which provides excellent support to the multidisciplinary teams in the area. This gives psychologists working within the diabetes teams the chance to meet up for CPD and informal support.

Psychology is a highly valued and an integral part of the diabetes team. The psychologist offers individual and group work where possible, alongside consultation, teaching and training with the MDT.

The valuable role of psychologists working with this client groups is recognised by our commissioners and the multi-disciplinary teams. We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual with a keenness and ability to integrate your current skills and apply them in this context. Experience of working in a physical health setting is essential. The most important qualities are good communication skills, working co-operatively and thinking creatively.

In return for your enthusiasm, hard work and commitment you will benefit from being part of an expanding and exciting service with good support structures. The post will be based in Dudley but professionally allied with the Physical Health Psychology Service across the Black Country, with all the associated benefits of professional development, supervision and peer support. You will have support from a Principal Clinical Psychologist and the Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

The post holder will have opportunities for personal support and development via the Trust appraisal system. Job share and flexible working would all be considered.

We are looking for an experienced Paediatric Clinical Psychologist. The successful applicant for this post will have experience in paediatric psychology, in working with young people, and their families, with complex presentations, including long term medical conditions (preferably diabetes). They will have organisational skills, and a strong commitment to team work.

Candidates must have completed post-graduate level training in Clinical Psychology/ Counselling Psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence and be registered as practitioner psychologists with the HCPC.






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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

For an informal discussion please contact either Dr Samantha Oakley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist 0121 507 6376, or Debbie Gardner, Physical Health Psychology Team Manager 01384 366249 or Dr Ash Reynolds, Clinical Psychologist 0121 507 3358.