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Band 8b Principal Practitioner Psychologist - Steps to Recovery

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

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Are you seeking the opportunity to develop your clinical and leadership skills? Do you enjoy being part of a team and working creatively with service users? Would you like to join a service that encourages innovation and research? If so, we invite you to apply for this Principal PractitionerPsychologist post in our Steps to Recovery rehabilitation services.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has seven Steps to Recovery units and an Intensive Community Rehabilitation Team, offering a range of mental health rehabilitation services. It is an exciting time to join us, as we focus on further development of our person-centredand trauma informed service, which has a team-based approach at its core.

This post is based at Dan Mooney House and David Bromley House, two Complex Care Units located on the same site in Knowle, Solihull. The post holder will contribute to the work of the multidisciplinary teams on the units, building collaborative relationships with service users toenhance wellbeing and support recovery. They will also be warmly welcomed into a well-established and supportive group of psychological practitioners working across Steps to Recovery and AssertiveOutreach Services.

Individuals at Band 8b or with suitable experience and eligible for this banding will be considered.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have opportunities to develop skills in team-based working, specialist assessment, shared formulation, and application of evidence-based psychological interventions to help service users achieve their rehabilitation goals. They will also be supported to develop theirleadership and management skills.

Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and with clients from culturally and socially diverse communities who have range of mental health needs is desirable, as is the motivation to support positive risk taking so service users can lead as autonomous and valued a life as possible. We also support multidisciplinary colleagues to build knowledge, skills, and confidence by delivering a programme of training, supervision, and reflective practice, to which the post holder would contribute.

Our psychological service has a reputation for clinical excellence and innovation in rehabilitation and we are actively involved in service development, evaluation, and research. We have access to a comprehensive CPD programme and external training and provide strong professional supervision, offering a range of clinical models and accreditation opportunities.

If you share our recovery-focused commitment to keep service users at the heart of what we do and would like to develop your clinical and leadership skills, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us for further information about the post or to arrange an informal visit.

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 of this post please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • HCPC/BPS accredited training in Clinical, Forensic, or Counselling Psychology
  • HCPC registration or eligible for this


  • Additional pre or post qualification training in an accredited psychological therapy or other field of applied psychology



  • Significant post qualification experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with complex difficulties across multidisciplinary adult secondary or tertiary care settings
  • Significant post qualification experience of working with a variety of client groups of working age with wide-ranging presenting problems
  • Significant post qualification experience of receiving supervision (minimum 50 hours) so can supervise other psychologists


  • Experience of working therapeutically with service users who are reluctant to engage with services, presenting with complex mental health needs and risks
  • Experience of team-based risk assessment and formulation
  • Experience of working in a multicultural framework

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, including psychometric testing
  • Skills in psychological formulation, with individual clients and with teams
  • Skills in implementation of highly specialist psychological therapies, interventions and management techniques appropriate for use with complex presenting problems
  • 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 with clients who are reluctant to engage with services
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Dan Mooney House and David Bromley House

Woodside Crescent


B93 0QA

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