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Band 7 Forensic Mental Health Specialist - Prevent Team

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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An exciting job opportunity has arisen to recruit a dynamic and independent Mental Health Clinician to join our newly commissioned Counter Terrorism Consultancy Service.

This is a partnership between Counter Terrorism Policing and the NHS. The team work with counter-terrorism officers in assessing and managing the risks and needs of individuals with complex mental health difficulties based on their enhanced working knowledge of NHS and third sector services and experience of navigating care pathways.

You will be a source of knowledge and expertise, providing to Counter Terrorism Police in their day to day management of cases with acute psychological and mental health problems. Liaising with external services, from health to social care and will be a key part of the role to ensure safe management and risk assessment of people with complex mental health needs referred to the Counter Terrorism Police.

We place a high value on treating all clients, colleagues and all agencies with respect and dignity, and seek people who strive for excellence and quality innovation in all that they do.

You will work alongside a team of very experienced Forensic Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical & Forensic Psychologists, Clinical Nurse Specialists (Forensic Mental Health Nurses) and embedded Police within a supportive MDT.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of a team of NHS & Counter Terrorism Police staff who work within the Government CONTEST strategy and provide high quality liaison, assessment and management plans to the referring agencies. The post holder will be responsible for gathering information on referrals, participating in MDT triage, risk assessment and formulation and agreeing an onward pathway and liaising with stakeholders.

The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the highest level of information governance and Trust and NMC values are adhered to at all times.

This is a specialist workplace setting being co-located at all times within policing units and we have a good team working ethic.

The Team work within a hybrid model. You will be required to travel to Counter Terrorism Policing sites across the West Midlands Police, East Midlands Police, Staffordshire Police, West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police, Wales Police and National Counter Terrorism Policing Unit.

The team workacross the locality of West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales and are expected to travel regionally or nationally according to the needs of the CCS. This can include overnight stays.

Due to the strong commitment to evidence-based practice throughout the Trust, and within the team, CPD is supported and staff are encouraged to be involved in audit, research and service development and to attend and present at national conferences/meetings/training events where appropriate.

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



  • A professional qualification relevant to mental health practice: RMN/Degree/Diploma in Nursing, CQSW/Degree/Diploma in Social Work.


  • Post graduate qualification in forensic mental health



  • Significant experience and knowledge of working with people with a range of mental health concerns and complex needs, including risk of offending, housing issues and substance misuse.
  • Experience in adult, child or learning disability, multidisciplinary community mental health services.
  • Significant experience of working within a Forensic/Criminal Justice environment.
  • Significant experience of assessing risk and developing risk management plans


  • Significant knowledge of CONTEST Strategy
  • Evidence a good understanding of information and clinical governance
  • Experience of giving written and oral feedback/reporting in a professional environment including STRAT meetings, MAPPA and Professionals meetings
  • Experience of working within diverse communities and with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees
  • oExperience working within Forensic, CAMHS, Adult, Learning Disability, Prison mental health services.



  • Compassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and relatives about complex and sensitive issues remaining sensitive and empathetic
  • Ability to work under pressure and on own initiative
  • Ability to promote respect and dignity, cultural sensitivity and consideration of the needs of the whole person

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust




B24 9SA

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