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Band 8a Clinical Psychologist - Queen Elizabeth Hospital/City Hospital

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Are you someone looking for a career in one of the UK's most respected mental health trust?
  • Would you like to be part of a dedicated team committed to making a difference to people's lives to enjoy a better future?

This post represents an exciting opportunity for a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist who would like to develop expertise and experience in an acute hospital service setting. This is a new post that involves working in the Liaison Psychiatry Service at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital both on inpatient and outpatient basis. The successful applicant will be part of a dynamic and supportive Liaison Psychiatry Service within the Trust. The aim of the post is to provide a qualified clinical psychology service to patients referred to the Liaison Psychiatry Service. This is to support and enhance the professional psychological care of patients within the service, providing highly specialist psychological screening and assessment.

You will provide brief psychological interventions, including guided self-help, within the available capacity of the service model, with scope for this area to be further developed.

Main duties of the job

Tasks include:
  • Offering assessment and psychological treatment for patients
  • Supporting department staff in offering basic psychological support in their routine clinical practice
  • Research is an integral part of care for patients with rare disease and you will play a critical role in the IMD extensive research programme
  • Providing audit and service evaluation
  • You will represent the IMD service both nationally and internationally in our collaborative work as appropriate.

You will need to be able to demonstrate a highly developed understanding of the psychological impact of compromised physical health and be able to adapt your psychological interventions accordingly.Experience in working in a physical health setting is desirable, but not essential. You need to have experience of working across the lifespan with individuals and families, and have experience of working across systems and with different professional specialties.You should have experience of working with a multi-disciplinary team. You will be working closely with doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to provide high quality care, and you will need strong skills in consultation, supervision and teaching. You will also need to be able to deliver psychological assessment, interventions and teaching in a variety of formats, including via the telephone and video link.

About us

Welcome to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Our 4000 clinical and support staff help us to improve mental health wellbeing and meet the needs of the 70,000 people we serve each year. We provide a range of mental healthcare services across Birmingham and Solihull, as well as specialised services nationally. We also offer medical, nursing and psychology training and are proud of our international reputation for both research and innovation.

Our population is culturally diverse, characterised in places by high levels of deprivation which create an increasing demand for our services and a necessity for us to make sure everyone can access the help they need. We are a team of compassionate, inclusive and committed people working together to provide excellent care to support our community. If you are looking for a place to belong, where you can make a real difference to people's lives, join our team where our warm welcome is waiting for you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information about the main responsibilities please view the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Satisfactory completion of a British Psychological Society accredited Doctoral Level postgraduate professional training course in clinical or counselling psychology.
  • Eligibility for entry onto the British Psychological Society Register of Chartered Psychologists (or Statement of Equivalence).
  • Current registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with HCPC.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Awareness and understanding of the differential needs of minority groups and of the service issues arising within a multicultural urban area.


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies
  • Highly developed knowledge and skills in working with those presenting in crisis



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and individual and group based treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including primary and secondary/ specialist care and inpatient/residential, outpatient and community team settings.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.


  • Experience of working therapeutically with 'difficult to treat' clients.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with physical health difficulties



  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism, and to reflect on and manage own emotions and those of others, when faced by highly distressing material, problems and circumstances.
  • Ability to work with a range of team members in the delivery of team and organisational objectives.
  • Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non-professional groups.


  • Personal experience of physical and/or mental health problems.

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


B15 2GW

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