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Clinical Specialist (Social Work, Nursing or Occupational Therapy)

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Lozells, Birmingham
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum / pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced Clinical Specialist (with a core profession of Social Work, Nursing or Occupational Therapy) to apply for a post within Personality and Complex Trauma (PACT) Service within FTB and to be part of the DBT service.

This team is for young people with complex presentations. The team is a combination of Specialist Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Lived Experience, Psychology, Art Psychotherapy and Community & Peer Support Workers and there is a ethos of shared team working. The role requires a highly skilled practitioner who has exceptional skills in the clinical management of young people with emotional, social and interpersonal difficulties often with complex trauma.

Within PACT (3 days per week) the post holder will be expected to hold a small clinical caseload, andbe part of the DBT team (2 days per week) and undertake the DBT training delivered by the British Isles as part of the role. The work is city wide and MDT based.

I'm so grateful to be part of this fantastic and supportive team. I have learnt so much from both my patients and colleagues. Working with DBT patients can be challenging and rewarding at the same time - which is very dialectic' - DBT Therapist

If you are interested in developing your clinical skills in working with young people with complex needs, and also having the freedom and support to work creatively then this is the job for you.

Main duties of the job

The Personality and Complex Trauma Team provides trauma informed care to children and young people with complex and high-risk presentations. The principal duties are:
  • Manage a small case load 3 days per week in PACT
  • Assessment and collaborative care planning to empower young people to reach their goals.
  • Implement and monitor care with the young person using highly specialist skills based on trauma informed care and trauma-based psycho education and skills.
  • Liaison with internal and external services
  • Build trusting and effective therapeutic relationships with young people to help support distress and foster hope.
  • Manage risk and empowerment of young people to be active within this process.
  • Provides day-to-day supervision and/or clinical supervision to others.
  • Provides line management to more junior staff
  • Developing in-depth formulations
  • Offering consultations to wider FTB services
  • Creating a space to think about young people within stressed NHS services

We enhance the care of the Core Teams and offer shorter term stabilisation work to those young people leaving hospital or under Urgent Care. We also offer some longer-term work to those with complex needs where appropriate.

The DBT Team part of the role is 2 days per week, you will attend Consult, business and referrals meetings and support the group on rotation. We offer regular assessment slots and individual work to support the group. We have monthly supervision to support you in this role.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification, and ensure that you refer to this in writing the application form.

Person Specification



  • oDeclared medically fit by the Occupational Health department to perform the duties of the post.
  • oThe Post Holder must have the ability to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job.
  • oThe Post Holder must be prepared to work flexibly- that is up to 8am - 9pm and weekends where appropriate, and provide on call cover.
  • oAbility to travel across the city of Birmingham, between bases and within the community for work purposes.
  • oValid Drivers License and Car owner (or have daily access to a car) for work purposes.



  • oCurrent Nursing Registration (CHILD,RMN,RNLD)/ social work registration / Occupational therapist registration
  • oWillingness to undertake further training as required.
  • oPost Grad degree or equivalent in relevant Child and Adolescent Mental Health or Psychotherapies


  • oManagement Training
  • oDegree in relevant subject
  • oTraining in Research
  • oPost registration training in a treatment modality to diploma/degree standard as a minimum such as CBT/Systemic/DBT.

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • oExtensive experience in Mental Health work with adolescents or young adults.
  • oExperience of working with families with mental health difficulties.
  • oSubstantial experience of leading or managing and supervision of other staff within this area of work.
  • oAdditional specialist training e.g. Nurse prescriber, AMHP, Advanced Medical Practitioner
  • oWork with minimal supervision
  • oKnowledge of relevant legislation.
  • oFlexible, enthusiastic, innovative and self-confident
  • oAdvanced knowledge of treatment techniques and interventions
  • oAble to work as part of a team and to lead others.
  • oKnowledge of Child Protection Procedures, adult safeguarding, and vulnerable young adults
  • oSkilled in working with other agencies including the voluntary sector


  • oAdditional Therapy training e.g. DBT, CBT, Systemic,
  • oCommunity based mental health work
  • oInpatient CAMHS mental health work

Personal Qualities


  • oAbility to communicate well and to form good working relationships with professionals at all levels.
  • oAbility to work as part of a team and independently.
  • oA positive approach to working with clients with mental health needs and their families.
  • oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professionals and academic settings.
  • oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical [practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • oExcellent organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritise own workload.

Interests and Motivation


  • oInterest in developing services for clients within a 0-25 mental health service. Enthusiasm for working with this client group and their families


  • oLikely to be committed to working within the service for at least two years

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Finch Road Primary Care Centre

2 Finch Road

Lozells, Birmingham

B19 1HS

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