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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Older Adults

£44,606 to £50,819 pa
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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The Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) is a specialist mental health trust providing a range of services to people across Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Our vision is to improve health and well-being for people of all ages across the Black Country.

We provide first-rate care to our patients and have been rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in a recent inspection. Our clinical sites are among some of the most forward-thinking in the country, where teams ensure we are consistently offering patients respect and dignity, high quality care and a positive experience.

We are moving towards a partnership with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health and our Psychology staff are already closely linked with each other across the region, working jointly on a variety of service improvement projects. Feedback from previous psychology staff who have gone on to secure significant promotions and career development report that:

“[BCPFT} takes multi-disciplinary working to a whole new level – psychology is so valued by all of the professionals here”

‘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.’

BCPFT is known for its commitment to helping its psychologists be the best they can be. Whatever you see as your future in psychology, we 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.

Throughout all of our services across the BCPFT Psychologists have well established links with the full range of Clinical and Counselling Doctoral Psychology courses at the Universities of Birmingham, Coventry and Warwick and Wolverhampton. We have exceptional links with the undergraduate programme at Aston University all of which provide opportunities to develop supervisory skills via a range of trainee placement opportunities.

Psychological professionals are thoroughly integrated at all levels in the quality, governance and service development infrastructure of the Trust.

Here at BCPFT Psychologists 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 and if you are committed to working with Older Adults there’s a place here in BCPFT for you.

We have the following opportunities;

2 x Senior/Applied Psychologists (Clinical / Counselling Psychology) Preceptorship Band 7 - 8A depending on experience.

Older Adult Planned Care Services, Enhanced CMHT - Mental Health Division, Brooklands Health Centre, Wolverhampton, WV1 2ND.

Band 7/8A 2 full-time posts 37.5hrs

We are delighted to offer this opportunity to deliver a top quality psychological contribution to the Mental Health Division, Older Adult Planned Care services. Situated mainly within an Older Adult ECMHT the posts will also have very active links with, and support from, psychological and multi-disciplinary professionals across BCPFT Older Adult Services.

The post-holders will be valued colleagues in a community based team, committed to a multi-disciplinary approach with older adults who have highly complex mental health, clinical and social needs. They will bring to the team a highly skilled approach that combines the best of evidence based assessment and formulation with integrative, client centred , brief, therapeutic interventions, which are offered through both individual and group work, and which are carefully adapted to match the different needs of the client group.

You will have the opportunity to teach on in-house training courses, to be involved with the Recovery College and work to alongside Volunteer / Experts by Experience. Currently psychologists within the team offer Systemic, CAT, and CBT interventions and we have a DBT service.

The post-holders will be key members of services which aim to deliver a pathway through care which is highly attentive to a person-centred ethos and to holistic care and which clearly formulates and demonstrates recovery orientated outcomes. The posts offer great opportunities for oversight and development of psychological practitioners and trainees working within these services at different times. They will be key partners in progressing service quality and service development initiatives.

We look forward to receiving applications from HCPC registered clinical and counselling psychologists who can demonstrate the breadth and depth of experience and professional development which will underpin this challenging and exciting role.

For an informal discussion about these posts or to arrange a visit to the team, please contact Denise Lewnes (Team Manager) at denise.lewnes@nhs.net . Alternatively, please call Ann Detheridge, Consultant Clinical/Counselling Psychologist on 01902 442992 or contact Psychology administration on the same number (please ask for Tori Greaves)

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) is the major provider of mental health services to people of all ages in Sandwell and Wolverhampton, specialist health learning disability services in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. We also provide community healthcare services for children, young people and families in Dudley.

Our vision is to improve health and well-being for people of all ages across the Black Country. There are over 2000 staff working in our Trust. Our staff carry out a wide range of roles, working together to provide integrated care and support to all those using our services. Frontline staff working in the trust include mental health nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, healthcare support workers, health visitors, school nurses, allied health professionals (such as psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists).

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’.

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