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Senior clinical or counselling psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
stroke/ABI & neuro
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Part time: 18.75
Job ref
Cross street
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum
Salary period
25/10/2020 23:59
Interview date

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
Dudley Physical Health Psychology, Stroke, ABI and Long Term Neurological Conditions


0.5  wte (18.75 hours)

The Physical Health Psychology Service is a 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 Black Country Healthcare Physical Health Psychology Service currently operates across 3 geographical areas (Dudley, Wolverhampton and Sandwell and West Birmingham) with a number of contracts in each area. This post will be based at Cross Street Health Centre in Dudley, in the Stroke, ABI and Long Term Neurological Conditions service.

This service has recently been redesigned, with an increase in staffing, to work closely with the multi-disciplinary teams working across stroke, long term neurological conditions and acquired brain injury. You will be working alongside a Principal Clinical Psychologist, and an additional Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist and an Assistant Psychologist with support from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. A robust leadership and supervision structure is in place, alongside operational management.

The valuable role of psychologists working with this client group 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 desirable, but we are also keen to hear from applicants who have been working in other specialities, who feel they have transferable skills. 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 and lots of variety within the role.

The post will be based at Cross Street Health Centre with other psychologists working in physical health but with the expectation that you will work closely with the MDTs that are based locally.

The post holder will be professionally allied with the Physical Health Psychology Service, with all the associated benefits of professional development, supervision and peer support. Current staff hold a range of therapeutic interests including Cognitive Behavioural, ACT, Narrative and Psychodynamic approaches. Clinical and leadership supervision, and continuing professional development, are highly valued, with the wider Physical Health Psychology community coming together every six months for Summer and Winter CPD workshops. Additionally, there are opportunities to join peer supervision groups. We are able to offer great opportunities for career progression, with many members of the service seeking and successfully securing promotions.

This is what our staff have said about working in the service:

‘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.’

‘Thank you for helping me grow – I wouldn’t be the psychologist I am today...”

‘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 post holder will have opportunities for personal support and development via the Trust appraisal system. You will have support from a Principal Clinical Psychologist and the Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Job share and flexible working would be considered.


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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

Dr samantha oakley
Additional information

For an informal discussion please contact either Dr Samantha Oakley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist 01384 366249 or Debbie Gardner 01384 366249. We would be happy to discuss the post and provide the opportunity to meet with staff from the MDT prior to interview. Please also see our other vacancies as we are open to combining roles to create a post to suit individual need.