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Band 8b Principal Practitioner Psychologist - Tamarind Centre

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

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Band 8B Tamarind Centre

We have a Principal Practitioner Psychologist vacancy at the Tamarind Centre, an 89-bed medium-secure unit working with men who are experiencing severe mental health problems with a component of violence associated. We work alongside a number of professionals, providing safe, containing environments and interventions to help people understand themselves, their mental health difficulties and offending behaviour.

The psychology team consists of a range of experienced Practitioner Psychologists, Art Therapist, Specialist Psychological Practitioner and Assistant Psychologists. We have close links with local training providers and take on Trainee Psychologists. We value ourselves on being able to be down to earth, authentic and open in our communication, bringing in the diverse experiences we hold within the team across gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, amongst other characteristics.

As Principal Psychologist, you will hold a senior role in working alongside the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to ensure that the service is takes a whole systems approach to care provided to people in acute distress with high risk of violence. This will involve working alongside service users and colleagues to ensure the ward is responsive to presenting needs ensuring stability and safety with care and compassion.

Main duties of the job

The role will also involve oversight of the Recovery, Outcomes and Wellbeing workstream, working to service user led movements of recovery, with an appreciation of critical narratives of the recovery movement. We are currently undertaking research in range of contexts including cultural narratives in mental health, integrating anxiety interventions with sensory integration, men's physical and mental health group, and co-producing training on trauma informed care, by service users for service users. You will be encouraged to continue to add to the evidence base, and be supported to write your papers for publication if this is within your interest. Alternatively, we will work with you to find your 'shiny thing' to ensure you develop as you wish.

We are looking for registered Practitioner Psychologists who are interested in working in secure environments with highly sensitive content. Whilst secure experience will be highly desirable, we encourage a breadth of experience to help bring new thinking to our services as the culture evolves. If you are ready for the next stage of your career progression, and able to compassionately challenge systems and staff to be better, hold integrity and also connect with the people around them, we hope that you speak to us and apply.

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.

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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


Tamarind Centre

Yardley Green Road


B9 5PU

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