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Band 7/8A Practitioner Psychologist Preceptorship - Secure Services

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

Job Details

4x 8A Practitioner Psychologists, with Preceptorship across Adult and Youth services (Permanent) 1x 8A Practitioner Psychologist in Women's services (Fixed Term Contract for Maternity Cover also open to Band 7).

We are recruiting to a number of Practitioner Psychologist posts within our Secure Care and Offender Health (SCOH) Directorate. The posts advertised are often split across services within the directorate, allowing individuals to develop a broad set of skills and gain valuable clinical experience. We are open to working with successful candidates to offer full-time posts in particular services if service need allows. We welcome applications from people who are seeking part time opportunities also.

We encourage you to contact us to discuss the vacancies and visit the services that interest you. We currently have vacancies across the services listed below,

Reaside Clinic, male medium secure inpatient unit, based in Rubery, Birmingham.

Hillis Lodge, male low secure inpatient unit, based in Rubery, Birmingham.

AFFIRM, Offender Personality Disorder Pathway services, based across various probation/prison sites in the West Midlands/Warwickshire.

FIRST, forensic community service for adults, one post based at Rubery, Birmingham one post based within St Andrews Hospital, Stirchley, Birmingham.

Youth FIRST, forensic community service for children/adolescents based in Erdington, Birmingham.

Ardenleigh, women's secure inpatient services, based in Erdington, Birmingham.

Main duties of the job

One of the joys of working in our service is the access to model-specific supervision in addition to individual, management and group reflective spaces. Model specific supervision includes CBT (including ACT), CAT, DBT, EMDR, and CFT. This offers individuals the opportunity to hone their therapeutic skills and develop practice relating to service need. As a forensic service, we balance interventions for mental health with offending needs, incorporating structured clinical judgement tools as routine practice within our work.

We value the breadth of skills that Practitioner Psychologists bring, therefore alongside your therapeutic work, you will be supported to develop service provision using quality improvement (QI) and research methodology.

The people we work with have often experienced significant difficulties throughout their lives. We work collaboratively alongside a multidisciplinary team and partner organisations, to ensure that these factors are held in mind. Balancing the needs of the service user is central to our work whilst also ensuring our staff are supported and feel valued.

The roles can be emotionally taxing requiring a robustness to manage the complex emotions and processes that occur. Working within SCOH is challenging, yet rewarding as together we support people to lead more fulfilling, safer lives. We welcome you to apply to be part of our services in delivering excellent, innovative NHS care.

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



  • 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



  • 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 therapeutically with 'difficult to treat' clients.
  • oExperience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.



  • Skills commensurate with doctoral level training 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.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) including the ability to empathically, sensitively and effectively communicate clinical and condition related information to clients, their families, carers and professional colleagues (within and outside the NHS) that is extremely complicated or technical extremely sensitive and potentially distressing to the recipient or that is extremely contentious or challenging.
  • Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non-professional groups.


  • 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).



  • Ability to interact and to build and sustain relationships with people with mental health problems and associated disabilities
  • Is a 'team player' and has demonstrated ability to work and deliver to team and organisational objectives



  • Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively.
  • Awareness and understanding of the purpose and mechanisms of clinical governance and an ability to employ such mechanisms to maintain and improve standards of clinical practice

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Secure Care and Offender Health Sites


B45 9BE

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