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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Part Time
We are excited to have been awarded charitable funds to pilot dedicated psychology support for those living with, or at risk of, rare and inherited conditions within the West Midlands. This post, based in Clinical Genetics at Birmingham Women's Hospital, within a mutually supportive team of Clinical Geneticists and Genetic Counsellors, is an exciting opportunity to lead and shape the development of psychological services for children, adults and young people with and at risk of rare and inherited disease.

The post holder will, in conjunction with the senior management team and additional psychologist in clinical genetics, help to develop new assessment and psychosocial pathways in the clinical genetics team. They will be key in designing, refining and evaluating the psychological clinical pathways in the genetics service, input into the wider clinical genetics and health in mind teams and contribute to the management structure. Clinically, they will undertake cognitive assessments and therapeutic interventions to the most complex patients, supporting the triage of cases appropriately to other team members.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based within the Regional Clinical Genetics Service and work closely with and regularly supported bythe Health in Mind team, including clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists and a Liaison psychiatrist. They will provide input as part of the multi-disciplinary team and be expected to:
  • Lead and develop the Clinical Genetics Psychology Service including shaping the design, oversight, implementation and evaluation of psychological therapies for adults, children and families with rare and/or inherited disease.
  • Develop and provide a range of highly specialist cognitive and psychological assessments, formulations and interventions within a coherent framework that draws upon a range of psychological theory, explanatory models and evidence.
  • Manage patients with the more complex and severe psychological issues and psychiatric disorders and provide support to their families and carers as appropriate.
  • Provide supervision and training to clinical psychology staff working within clinical genetics team
  • Offer regular teaching and/or training to local multidisciplinary team and wider networks
  • Manage the use of reporting metrics and facilitate the evaluation of key deliverable milestonesto ensure service delivery meets agreed standards/ contract agreements and submit regular reports to stakeholders

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

You will be responsible to and supported by the Health in Mind team, an enthusiastic and dynamic team of Psychologists who value our professional identity, therapeutic expertise, leadership, education of others and role in service development. Our services provide opportunities for your skills to be nurtured and developed from the moment you join, through opportunities to practice and harness your core therapeutic skills, reflective practice via team development sessions, peer support groups and continual review of individual training needs.

This is an initial 12 month pilot generously funded through charity and will include evaluating the service and evidencing the value of psychological services in this group to obtain continued funding and service provision.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Informal Enquiries welcome: please email Laura Boyes (

Person Specification



  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate
  • HCPC Practitioner Psychologist status

Knowledge & Nature of Experience


  • Experience of working with children/adolescents/adults and family systems
  • Experience of conducting and interpreting cognitive assessments


  • Experience of working with patients with rare and/or genetic conditions
  • Experience of working in an inpatient and/or acute health setting

Professional/Managerial/Specialist Knowledge


  • Able to prepare reports using IT
  • Confidence and experience of using Microsoft Systems (e.g. Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, etc)
  • Confidence and experience of using digital platforms to aid communication and connection e.g. MS Teams, Zoom, AccuRX, Doctor doctor


  • Use of IT in undertaking cognitive assessment (Q-interactive)
  • Confidence and experience using common NHS IT systems e.g. Electronic Patient Record (EPR), electronic Staff Record (ESR)

Other requirements


  • Ability to self-motivate and work/travel across sites in BW & BC

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Women's Hospital (Lavender House)

Mindelsohn Way


B15 2TG

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