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Band 8b Practitioner Psychologist - CTCCS

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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0.4 Band 8b Practitioner Psychologist

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust

An exciting job opportunity has arisen to recruit an experienced 8b Clinical Psychologist to join our newly commissioned Counter Terrorism Clinical Consultancy Service (CTCCS).

The CTCCS is a joint team with Counter Terrorism Policing and the NHS. The service aims to support Counter Terrorism Case Officers (CTCOs) in identifying and addressing mental health needs individuals may be experiencing and understanding and managing risks they may pose, thereby mitigating CT risk and improving the mental health and wellbeing of those individuals. Referrals to the team include adults and young people from diverse backgrounds and a broad range of presenting needs and risks. The CTCCS is a formulation-based service and the team have enhanced working knowledge of NHS and third sector services and experience of navigating care pathways and multiagency working across a range of services including health, social care and criminal justice.

Main duties of the job

You will work alongside an experienced team of Clinical Psychologists, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Forensic Mental Health Nurses and Police Officers. In your role you will gather information on referrals and make recommendations based on a robust assessment and formulation. In partnership with CTCOs, you will liaise with professionals across agencies to make appropriate referrals and provide case consultation to promote coordinated intervention, support and risk management.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience of working with adults and / or young people with mental disorders, psychological difficulties, neurodiversity and complex needs and risks across forensic mental health settings, including community, custody and secure hospitals. It is expected that they will have will knowledge and experience of partnership working across health, social care and criminal justice agencies. Relevant knowledge and experience of working with hard to reach groups would be an advantage.

The post holder will have to participate in the Psychology out of hours on-call provision as part of Trust business continuity plans.

The team operate a hybrid model of working from home and from Counter Terrorism Policing sites across the West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales.

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.
  • Capacity for tolerating frustration, change and high levels of demand with an ability to work effectively under pressure.


  • Willing and eligible to apply for higher level security clearance

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Thomas Telford House


B24 9SA

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