Band 8a/7 Preceptorship Clinical/Counselling Psychologist Older People

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Negotiable Dependent upon experience
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Old Age
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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DEMENTIA AND FRAILTY (Older People's Mental Health)

Band 7/8a Clinical Counselling Psychologist (Older People)

CMHT (2 wte available);

Various locations possible including; Ashcroft Unit, Ladywood; Reservoir Court, Erdington: and John Black Centre, Solihull

Older People's In-Patient Units (2.0 wte)

Reservoir Court, Erdington, Birmingham (1.0 wte) and Juniper Centre, Moseley (0.5 wte)

Job type: All Permanent

Main duties of the job

We are seeking newly qualified and experienced clinical or counselling psychologists to join our Psychology team within Dementia and Frailty Services of BSMHFT, providing mental health services to older people in the culturally and socially diverse population of Birmingham and Solihull. Newly Qualified Psychologists or those expecting to qualify in 2022 are encouraged to apply as posts could be offered as a Preceptorship. We offer a tailored programme of cpd and other developmental opportunities to support your progression and career development.

We have several posts available in in-patient and community mental health teams which could be offered part-time or combined, offering flexibility in working hours and the focus of work. Please get in touch with us to discuss our vacancies and the opportunities within the service.

About us

We can help you develop areas of expertise and specialism in the areas of psychological therapies for older people , dementia assessment and interventions or leadership across a range of specialist teams or contexts. Post graduate cpd opportunities are available particularly in the area of older people's mental health, complex emotional needs/ personality disorder, psychosis and bipolar disorder, and we organise several cpd and reflective events throughout the year. We support placements from the local Doctorate, Masters and Undergraduate Psychology training courses and contribute to the teaching provided there. Newly qualified appointees at Band 7 will be given appropriate support to allow them to fully meet the requirements of the Band 8a role within an 18 month - 3 year period.

You will be joining a friendly and supportive service. Covid proved challenging but psychologists have often provided valued support to colleagues within our service area. We have excellent relationships with our clinical and managerial colleagues within the Division and the Trust. There is also opportunity to contribute to the optional, paid psychology on-call rota (for those at Band 8a and above). BSMHFT are committed to reducing health inequalities and to challenging and eradicating discrimination for our workforce.

Job description Job responsibilities

We have posts available in both CMHT and in-patient services to suit the interests of successful candidates.

Over the next few years multidisciplinary community mental health services in Birmingham and Solihull will significantly expand transforming the experience of care. Our specialist community mental health teams work with people who experience significant or enduring mental health problems in old age or dementia. Psychologists roles in the service are broad and interesting, and fully utilise all the skills of psychologists in assessment, interventions, consultancy, supervision, evaluation and research. There are multiple opportunities within the service for cpd in therapeutic models and to develop and demonstrate leadership skills. In our Community Mental Health Teams we expect psychologists to be leading the psychologically informed care of all service users and to support the delivery and supervision of psychological therapies delivered by other members of the team.

Working in our inpatient team will enable you to develop your skills working with those in acute mental health distress and with the staff who support them. We offer psychologically informed care through appropriate assessment, formulation and direct and indirect intervention, and contribute to the supervision and support of the wider staff team. Our psychologists and assistants often collaborate in Quality Improvement projects, particularly in the areas of staff support and reducing restrictive practices.

Person Specification Academic/Professional Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology
  • HCPC Registration Practitioner psychologist
Clinical Skills Essential
  • Psychological assessment and Therapy with severe mental health problems
  • Post qualification experience and skills in assessment and therapy
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of ageing and how ageing impacts mental health
  • Post qualification cpd in ageing and mental health or neuropsychological assessment
Leadership skills Essential
  • Experience of leadership roles ie supervision/service improvement
  • CPD in provision of supervision or service improvement

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