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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/09/2021.

Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Job Reference: 798-1808A

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
Maternal Mental Health Services
£47,126 to £53,219 pa pro rata

From November 2020 the name of the Trust changed from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust to better reflect our geography and service delivery across both counties.


Our Trust is a great place to work and we are keen to ensure that all our employees have the right values in order that we can provide the best service to our patients. These values are very important to us, and as a potential candidate you should be made aware that we test for these throughout the whole assessment/recruitment and selection process, and will only interview and recruit individuals who demonstrate these values through their application and behaviour.

Details of our Values can be found on our website link 'Working together for outstanding care - our vision'

Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist - Band 8a

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical / Counselling) by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Band 8a

28.75 hours per week - Permanent

Base – Studdert Kennedy House, Worcester.


Are you are looking for an exciting new chance to use your clinical skills to make a difference, working in a flexible environment, there is a fantastic opportunity to join our new Maternal Mental Health Service.

A new Maternal Mental Health Service is under development in Herefordshire and Worcestershire as part of the Long Term Plan, this is due to commence in November 2021. The service is part of the Integrated Care System and will work collaboratively with Worcestershire Acute Hospital, Herefordshire Wye Valley Trust and the Local Maternity and Neonatal System; it will also include collaboration with the health visiting service, children’s first and tertiary bereavement services.

We are looking to appoint a highly skilled and experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to work in the service. The service will focus on the delivery of psychological intervention for women experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties directly arising from, or related to, the maternity experience. We are seeking someone who has skills and experience in working with women who have experienced birth trauma and/or loss, and tokophobia.


Applicants will need to have a genuine interest in Maternal Mental Health and the expansion and development of the service.


The post holder will have a clinical caseload providing specialist psychological assessments leading to the development of psychological formulations and interventions, for individuals who present within this service. The role will also involve delivering training and supporting the professional development of colleagues to work in a trauma informed way. As such, excellent communication and relationship building skills are essential to this position, as due to the nature of the role you will need to disclose highly sensitive and emotive information. 


The post holder will be involved in the future development of this service which will involve collaborative working with a wide range of services from across the health and social care network and third sector agencies, to develop specialised pathways of care; this will also involve working collaboratively with service users, maternity voices partnerships and psychological therapy colleagues.


The post holder will receive trust and external clinical supervision along with separate line management supervision. The post holder will have the opportunity to meet with the wider group of psychologists working within the Trust.

The successful candidate will be provided with an exceptional orientation and induction programme and bespoke training package to fully prepare them for this position.

The post holder will be based in Worcester. It will be essential that applicants can meet the travel requirement for the post. Currently, because of the COVID pandemic our psychological work is being delivered in both a virtual and face to face following socially distancing guidelines as necessary.


Benefits of working for the team & trust:


As a member of this service and as an employee of the Trust the post holders would benefit from:     

  • Flexible working, allowing you to maintain work-life balance.

  • Working within a supportive and valued team of Mental Health professionals

  • Regular trust supervision and robust appraisals

  • External supervision from a specialist psychologist within maternal and or perinatal mental health – which can be chosen by the successful candidate.

  • Access to local, regional and national psychological network.

  • Learning forums

  • Continuous Professional Development, specific to your role.

  • Career Progression opportunities

  • Access to LGBT, BAME, Disability and Carers Forums

  • Wellbeing and support programmes

  • A wide range of NHS discounts                                                                                 

To apply:

If you are passionate, self-motivated and driven and looking to be part of an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of Maternal Mental Health Service Team across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, we would welcome your application and look forward to hearing from you.

Informal chat invitation

We believe the best way to find out if a role is right for you is to have an informal chat with our Recruiting Manager or other members of our team. Please contact:

Sian Westaway, Team Manager of Worcestershire Adult Mental Health Community Specialist Teams (Worcestershire).

01905 734531


Lynne Williams, Consultant Psychologist and Lead for Psychological Interventions within the Specialist Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Service Delivery Unit (Worcestershire).


Flexible working - The Trust has a commitment that all employees should be able to balance their working life with commitments outside of work. Our Flexible Working policy enables you to request a flexible working pattern that suits you.

Closing Vacancy Early - In the event of exceptionally high levels of response, we reserve the right to close the post before the date stated in order to prevent the number of applications received being unmanageable.

Interview Pool - If the same or 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 or contract type and therefore you are encouraged to apply for advertised posts but specify on your application form your preferences.

Applicant Requirements - Applicants must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats.

Probationary Period - All new appointments are subject to 6 months’ probation period.

Priority of Applicants - Please note that applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified/experienced individuals. However prior consideration will be given to applications from individuals who are ‘at risk’ and employed by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. If an appointment is made from that at risk group, the post will be withdrawn.

Requirement for DBS Update Service - If the position being applied for requires a DBS check to be undertaken on you, it will be a condition of your employment that you have subscribed and continue to subscribe to the DBS Update Service. Further information on the update service can be found on our website link ‘DBS Update Service.’

Preceptorship for Newly Qualified Staff - The Trust offers a preceptorship year for newly qualified nurses and AHP's and attendance at preceptorship programmes is a condition of employment.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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