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Band 8b Practitioner Psychologist - Intestinal Failure

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Are you a compassionate and committed psychologist who champions inclusivity and making healthcare more psychologically-informed? Would you like to join our service to help facilitate coping and adjustment to the impact of intestinal failure and parenteral nutrition on mental health and wellbeing ? Our current post holder is retiring and so we have an opportunity for a Practitioner Psychologist to join our Clinical Health Psychology service based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be joining a small, friendly and research-active multi-disciplinary Intestinal Failure team who work with both in- and out-patients. The psychological assessment and therapy work is very varied and there is the opportunity for research, to provide psychology consultation sessions and to contribute to pathway development. In addition, there is a national network of psychologists working in Intestinal Failure.

You will be a valued colleague in our Clinical Health Psychology service and as part of our Psychological Professionals workforce at Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

If you thrive on challenge, creativity and a dynamic and supportive work environment, in which psychological thinking is highly valued in the wider multi-disciplinary teams, along with the opportunity to shape the future of the service, this is the job for you.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be able to demonstrate an interest and thoughtfulness regarding the psychological impact of intestinal failure and parenteral nutrition on lifestyles and how pre-existing vulnerabilities may impact upon this. Some of our patients have, or develop, disordered eating. You will have experience in working with patients with physical health conditions, including in physical health ward settings. You will be working closely with doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to provide high quality care, and you will need strong skills in consultation, supervision and teaching as part of our multidisciplinary teamwork. You will be encouraged to offer placements to trainee and student psychologists.

This role will require face-to-face work, as well as skills in being able to deliver psychological assessment, interventions and teaching in a variety of formats, including via the telephone and video link.

There is tremendous scope for further psychologist posts to be developed across Gastroenterology and you would be involved in the service expansion.

Our mission is to provide excellent psychological care and support for patients and staff, which is compassionate, inclusive and committed.

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

Training and Qualifications


  • Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling/Health Psychology. The completion of which includes the study of models of psychopathology, psychometric and neuropsychological assessment, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registered as a Clinical/Counselling/Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council


  • Post-doctoral training in two or more highly specialist areas of psychological practice that are relevant in a Clinical Health Psychology setting.
  • Significant management and or leadership training.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience , knowledge, and skills in working with people with physical health conditions.
  • An understanding of the specific needs and difficulties of people on intestinal failure pathways requiring parental nutrition.
  • Substantial post qualification 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.
  • Relevant post-qualification experience, and formal training in supervision, enabling the post holder to independently supervise clinical psychology trainees in accordance with relevant criteria adopted by local University Clinical/Counselling Psychology Training Course criteria
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.


  • Experience of working in a nutritional support or related service.
  • Experience of working in acute physical health settings.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care (particularly physical health settings).
  • Experience of adapting psychological therapy to physical health conditions and settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of service development and quality improvement.



  • Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non-professional groups.
  • In depth knowledge of clinical governance and clinical risk management.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development consistent with expected standards of the HCPC and the British Psychological Society and relevant subdivisions (Division of Clinical Psychology, Division of Counselling Psychology, etc.) and other relevant professional bodies.
  • Highly developed skills, commensurate with doctoral level training and/or post qualification training and experience, in the formulation of highly complex problems from a psychological perspective and in the implementation of highly specialist psychological therapies, interventions and management techniques that are appropriate for use with highly complex presenting problems. Able to deliver established/evidenced based psychological therapy to fidelity.


  • Experience of effective redesign and improvement methodologies.

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


B15 2GW

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