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Band 7/8A Practitioner Psychologists Preceptorship - Secure Services

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
We are recruiting to the following Practitioner Psychologist posts within our Secure Care and Offender Health (SCOH) Directorate within Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT):
  • Reaside Clinic, Medium Secure Inpatient Unit / Hillis Lodge Low Secure Unit
  • FIRST, Forensic Community Service for Adults
  • Youth First, Forensic Community Service for Children and Adolescents and Families
  • Ardenleigh Women's Service

The posts can be split across services within the directorate, allowing individuals to develop a broad set of skills and gain valuable clinical experience. We are open to working with successful candidates to offer full-time posts in particular services if service need allows. We welcome applications from people who are seeking part time opportunities. There are also fixed term contracts covering maternity leave.

In our service you can access to model-specific supervision in addition to individual supervision, management supervision and group reflective spaces. Model specific supervision includes CBT (including ACT & REBT), CAT, DBT, EMDR, and CFT. There are also colleagues trained in Schema Therapy and Narrative Therapy. As a forensic service, we balance interventions for mental health with offending needs, incorporating structured clinical judgement tools as routine practice within our work. If you are new to forensic practice, we will help to support your knowledge and skills development, so you feel confident in your work.

Main duties of the job

We value the breadth of skills that Practitioner Psychologists bring, therefore alongside your therapeutic skills, you will be supported to develop service provision using quality improvement (QI) and research methodology. We have specific workstreams that focus on shaping the broader system and culture via practice-based changes in areas such as family and carers, health inequalities, staff wellbeing and building better trauma informed service provision. Our work is enhanced by developing partnerships with community partners, helping shape and change the culture of forensic services.

Balancing the needs of the service user is central to our work. The people we work with have often experienced significant difficulties throughout their lives and have varying relationships with mental health services due to a complex interplay of factors. We work collaboratively alongside a large multidisciplinary team and other partner organisations, to ensure that these factors are held in mind as we support people to have better, safer lives for themselves and others. These roles can be emotionally taxing, requiring a robustness to manage the complex emotions and processes that occur. Thus, we have a strong focus on ensuring our staff are supported in their roles, balancing the frustrations and challenges with job satisfaction and achievement.

We welcome you to apply to be part of our growing service, delivering excellent, innovative NHS care.

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



  • Satisfactory completion of a British Psychological Society accredited Doctoral Level postgraduate professional training course in clinical/forensic psychology completion of which includes the study of models of psychopathology, psychometric and neuropsychological assessment, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Eligibility for entry onto the Register of Chartered Psychologists



  • 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 working with a wide variety of client groups, including forensic contexts with clients of all ages across the lifespan and of wide-ranging presenting problems that reflect the full spectrum of clinical complexity and severity.


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



  • Well developed theoretical and practical knowledge of the field of clinical psychology, consistent with doctoral level professional training and further post qualification study, training and supervised experience during a minimum of 18 to 24 months as a Specialist Clinical/Forensic Psychologis
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment commensurate with doctoral level training, including specialist clinical interviewing, behavioural observation, complex psychometric testing and specialist neuropsychological testing.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) including the ability to empathically, sensitively and effectively communicate clinical and condition related information to clients, their families, carers and professional colleagues (within and outside the NHS) that is extremely complicated or technical extremely sensitive and potentially distressing to the recipient or that is extremely contentious or challenging.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific 'difficult to treat' groups (e.g. personality disorder, challenging behaviour, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and DoH policy and implementation guidelines in relation to mental health in general and the client group with which this post is concerned.



  • Ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.
  • Ability to interact and to build and sustain relationships with people with mental health problems and associated disabilities.
  • Is a 'team player' and has demonstrated ability to work and deliver to team and organisational objectives
  • Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively.
  • Awareness and understanding of the purpose and mechanisms of clinical governance and an ability to employ such mechanisms to maintain and improve standards of clinical practic

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Secure Care and Offender Health Sites


B45 9BE

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