Band 8b Principal Clinical Psychologist - Urgent Care Service

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • 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 Heartlands 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.

Main duties of the job

You would be joining a supportive team of highly experienced psychologists (qualified and AP) who work for the Trust. There are opportunities to work with service users with a wide range of complex difficulties who present in crisis, and to join a strong MDT approach.

You would be part of the wider Acute Psychology Service. We are a dynamic and forward-thinking service where Psychologists are strongly placed to lead on service development and delivery across all elements of the care pathway. We have an established track record in service innovation and support a diverse range of clinical and academic interests with strong links to university programmes within the region. There is an internal CPD programme that you would have access to, as well as being embedded within the teams, the successful candidate would have the opportunity to join colleagues in specialist supervision groups, special interest groups and service development projects. Continuing professional development is supported and encouraged.

About us

Welcome to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Helath 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 out 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 Essential Essential
  • Satisfactory completion of a Heath and Care Professions Council/British Psychological Society accredited post graduate professional training course in either clinical or counselling psychology. Qualify for registration for Heath and Care Professions Council as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist. Eligibility for entry onto the Register of Chartered Psychologists. Considerable experience of of specialist psychological assessment and individual or group based treatments of clients with complex difficulties across adult secondary or tertiary care settings. Considerable experience of working with a variety of client groups of working age with wide ranging presenting problems that reflect the full spectrum of clinical complexity and severity. Well developed theoretical and practical knowledge of the field of psychological theory and practice and evidence based treatments consistent with postgraduate level professional training and further post qualification study, training and supervised experience. Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, including specialist clinical interviewing ,observational methods, complex psychometric testing. Skills in the formulation of problems from a psychological perspective and in the implementation of highly specialist psychological therapies, interventions and management techniques that are appropriate for use with complex presenting problems. Able to deliver established/evidenced based psychological therapy to fidelity. When communicating with patients, carers and colleagues, has the high level interpersonal skills necessary to obtain and convey highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in emotionally charged and extremely emotive settings, in a manner that addresses and overcomes psychological resistance, hostility, antagonism, and problems of motivation and engagement, as well as barriers to understanding arising from cognitive, cultural or linguistic factors. Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non professional groups. Ability to provide teaching and training on relevant psychological topics, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings. Awareness and understanding of the differential needs of people from black and minority groups and of the service issues arising within a multicultural urban area.
  • Pre-qualification training or additional qualifications in an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or other psychological therapy. Experience of working with people with acute care needs. Experience of working within a multicultural framework. Experience of working therapeutically with difficult to reach clients with complex mental health and behavioural needs. Post qualification experience and/or formal training in supervision , enabling the post holder to independently supervise trainees in accordance with relevant criteria adopted by local training courses. Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, risk behaviours, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.) High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies. Current driving licence/motorbike owner.

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