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Band 8a Clinical Psychologist

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Are you an innovative Clinical Psychologist excited about a new way of working within the NHS? Or experienced in Neurodevelopmental Conditions and looking for a new challenge?
  • Are you passionate about working with children?
  • Do you enjoy the prospect of working in a specialised environment?
  • Do you want the opportunity to be part of a friendly and supportive Multidisciplinary Team?
  • Do you want to work in a vibrant city with a range of multicultural communities and be part of an inclusive Trust which is keen to reduce inequalities?

If you are looking for an exciting role, we want to meet you!

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide a high quality, specialist psychology service to children presenting with neurodevelopmental needs across all sectors of care within the Birmingham catchment area. The post holder will be part of the multidisciplinary team in the Neurodevelopmental Hubs and liaise closely with colleagues in education.

They will also supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychologists and others who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

They will support a culture of research and utilise research skills for audit, policy and service developments and propose and implement policy changes within the Service and the broader multidisciplinary team. They will also be highly visible and, accessible and a figure to whom staff, patients and their families, can turn to for assistance, advice and support.

About us

Come and join us to work within a fast developing, friendly and dynamic Neurodevelopmental Team across the city of Birmingham, working alongside children's therapy and medical colleagues, education and local authority partners. We are looking for motivated and committed Clinical Psychologists with a special interest in neurodiversity.

As a dynamic and pioneering community trust, we want to recruit talented and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologists, and retain this talent. We are currently considering how Psychology could contribute more widely to the Children and Families Division.

We aim to deliver clinical excellence through the application of gold standard assessments that adhere to NICE clinical guidelines and recommended best practice, whilst also recognising that 'one size doesn't fit all' families.

We offer a friendly and supportive working environment with a strong emphasis on clinical supervision and CPD to support your development.

We value our staff and advocate career progression internally. We encourage our Psychologists to contribute to service development, and we welcome and value new ideas and experiences.

We work across the whole City, within a range of community and educational settings, thus requiring successful applicants to demonstrate a high level of flexibility. Currently we are looking for Psychologists who can work face to face.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessment of children based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological assessment, self-reportedmeasures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with children, family members and others involved in the childs care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a childs psychological problems. This is to be based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods of proven efficiency, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for children, carers, families and groups within and across teams. This would involve adjusting and refining psychological formulations and drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To use highly developed specialist knowledge of a range of work procedures and practices including that of SEND processes and education agenda.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children whose problems are managed by psychological based standard care plans.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to childs formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To ensure that all members of the service have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding the need of children, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual children and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the childs needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, and communicating effectively with the child, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care , and to monitor progress during the multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To communicate highly complex and sensitive information in a skilled and sensitive manner. To provide information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress. Children may be hostile or aggressive and situations may be extremely emotive or resistant, requiring a high level of empathy and communicative skills.
  • To communicate with children with a wide range of development and neurodevelopmental needs, including children with complex communication difficulties. This requires managing unpredictable clinical situations intense concentration sitting for long periods while constantly being exposed to extreme emotional/psychological distress, including issues of sexual abuse or severe mental illness frequent contact with carers in extremely distressing states an ability to reflect and contain own emotions and those of others.
  • To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team.

  • Person Specification

    person specification


    • Post Graduate Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, / applied psychology including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
    • HCPC Registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and individual and group-based treatment of children, including children with neurodevelopmental differences
    • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
    • Highly specialist skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, including psychometrics such as ADOS-2 and ADI-R, intervention and management including specialist clinical interviewing, behavioural observation, complex psychometric testing and specialist neuropsychological testing
    • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to children, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Skills and experience in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development including neurodevelopmental conditions such as ADHD/ASD
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. dual diagnoses, children with additional learning disabilities or difficulties etc).
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children
    • Self-motivated.
    • Positive, energetic, enthusiastic in outlook and able to set a good example
    • Ability to manage under pressure work to tight deadlines, evidencing excellent time management
    • Able to work independently or as part of a team.
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
    • Ability to work within a multicultural framework.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
    • Ability to reach scheduled appointments across the city in a timely fashion and to travel independently Trustwide
    • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • Experience of liaison work with other professionals and agencies.
    • Knowledge of the presentation, assessment of and intervention with people with complex neurodevelopmental and mental health difficulties.
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.


    • Post-doctoral qualification, training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
    • Training in the supervision of doctoral level trainee psychologists.
    • Training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity
    • Experience of teaching, training and supervision
    • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
    • Relevant R& D or clinical audit work post-qualification
    • Evidence of strong leadership skills, the ability to negotiate, persuade and influence at a senior level with a supportive style whilst also able to take difficult decisions and act assertively
    • Keen to develop services in line with service, educational and research priorities with the service.

    person specification


    • Ability to reach scheduled appointments across the city in a timely fashion. Ability to travel independently Trustwide

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS FT


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