Band 8a/Band 7 Preceptorship Practitioner Psychologist - Secure Care

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have several exciting opportunities to be an active member of our thriving psychological therapies community across Secure Care and Offender Health. You will be joining a large team of around 70 psychology staff within the directorate.

These posts are preceptorships which will allow you to develop over time to fully meet the requirements of the Band 8a role; ideally within a 2 year period. You will be supported in developing your expertise across a range of forensic delivery contexts.

The psychology provision across SCOH is multi-modal, flexibly using a wide range of therapeutic models and interventions. Ensuring the effectiveness of our interventions is important to us, therefore there are a range of supervision structures in place. Model specific group supervision is provided in addition to regular clinical and management supervision to support skills development and think about the challenges and rewards of working within a complex context.

We also encourage and support continuing professional development. Opportunities also exist for collaboration and professional development, including participation in research and academic activity, through links with local academic and training institutions.

Main duties of the job

We are recruiting to roles within the following services:
  • Tamarind Centre: 89-bedded Men's Medium Secure Service
  • Reaside: 92 bedded Men's In-patient Secure Service
  • FIRST: MDT service supporting and males and females with complex mental health and forensic needs transitioning from secure hospitals into the community
  • AFFIRM (Offender Personality Disorder Pathway services) working in a consultation role with the National Probation Service
  • PROSPER: an enhanced Intensive Intervention and Risk Management Service (IIRMS) working with high risk offenders in a community support and treatment service. A partnership between NHS REACH OUT and National Probation Service

We welcome candidates with a passion for working with people with complex presentations, mental health difficulties and offending behaviour. The role will include both therapeutic work as well as risk assessment and management.

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 Qualifications Essential
  • 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.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Experience Essential
  • 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 within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with 'difficult to treat' clients.
Knowledge Essential
  • 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 Psychologist.
  • 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.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • 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).

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