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Band 8b Principal Practitioner Psychologist - Enhanced Reconnect

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024
8b Practitioner Psychologist -Enhanced RECONNECT Service

2 year fixed term contract / secondment

The Enhanced RECONNECT service supports individuals with convictions with complex needs to engage with and get the right treatment from mental health, substance misuse and other services, for up to a year after release from prison. Service users will be supported by expert care navigators working with health and probation services. The Enhanced RECONNECT (ER) service builds upon the RECONNECT programme as an enhanced pathway of care and is NHS England's response to the management of high complexity health needs and deemed to be at high risk of harm. The ER service will work in collaboration with partners, including those from across government, to ensure that individuals who have been identified as high risk of harm to the public and have complex health needs that may impact on their risk of reoffending have their needs addressed. This may include those convicted of violent and sexual offences, terrorist act offences (Terrorism Act, 2000) and individuals at risk of committing terrorist acts. This risk must be related to a health need.

ER takes a partnership approach to managing the most complex and high-risk individuals who leave prison and will specifically work with individuals that have a high complexity of health need, may be a risk to the public and those who need longer term support to engage and remain engaged with community health and support services.

Main duties of the job

The ER service is a 2 year psychologically led, trauma informed pilot that offers interventions, structured support, advocacy and signposting to those leaving prison, deemed to be high risk and highly complex. The work will support service users to engage with community-based health and support services, reduce social exclusion and thereby reduce behaviours that can be linked to poor mental/physical health and could lead to offending behaviour. This will be undertaken in line with other agencies (e.g. health, criminal justice, local authorities, substance misuse, employment support and the voluntary sector). ER is not designed to replace community-based services rather to support service users to engage in them and aims to reduce barriers through targeted support.

The ER service within Secure Care and Offender Health division (SCOH) at BSMHFT is the 4th national pilot site and will cover Birmingham and Solihull. We are looking for an experienced principal practitioner psychologist to support the development and delivery of ER. You will have extensive mental health experience across a diverse range of service user groups, managing high levels of risk and complexity. Leadership and service development experience is essential, as well as managing and supervising a range of psychological professionals. Due to the partnership working involved, you will require good organisational, interpersonal and communication skills in addition to therapeutic expertise.

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 psychology (the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), 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.
  • Eligibility for entry onto the Register of Chartered Psychologists


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more highly specialist areas of psychological practice / therapy



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical/forensic psychologist for a minimum of 4 years post qualification, with a minimum of at least 2 years at the Senior (highly specialist) level.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, 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 the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with 'difficult to treat' and or 'hard to reach' groups and clients in community settings
  • Experience of safeguarding and risk management across several agencies, including appropriately escalating concerns



  • Highly developed theoretical and practical knowledge of the field of clinical psychology, consistent with doctoral level professional training and further post qualification study, training and supervised experience during a minimum of 4 years as a qualified psychologist
  • Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Awareness and understanding of the differential needs of people from black and minority ethnic groups and of the service issues arising within a multicultural urban area.


  • In depth knowledge of information governance legislation and information sharing practices across agencies



  • Ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.


  • Willing and eligible to apply for higher level security clearance

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Phoenix House



B24 9AB

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