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Band 8a Senior Practitioner Psychologist - Assertive Outreach

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Are you looking for the opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively with service users? Do you enjoy being part of a multidisciplinary team? Would you like to join a service that encourages innovation and research? If so, we invite you to apply for this Senior Practitioner Psychologist post in our Assertive Outreach Services.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has six Assertive Outreach Teams (AOTs), forming part of our Integrated Community Care and Recovery (ICCR) service. This post is based at West AOT, in Handsworth, Birmingham. The post holder will join the specialist team there providing flexible, trauma-informed, and holistic support to people with psychosis or bipolar disorder who have been reluctant to engage with mainstream mental health services. They will also be warmly welcomed into a well-established and supportive team of psychologists working in Assertive Outreach and our Steps to Recovery inpatient and community rehabilitation services.

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

Main duties of the job

AOTs use a well-coordinated, team-based approach. The post holder will have opportunities to develop skills in specialist assessment, shared formulation, and application of evidence-based psychological interventions to help service users achieve their recovery goals.

Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and with clients from culturally and socially diverse communities who have a range of mental health needs is desirable, as is the motivation to support positive risk taking so that service users can lead as autonomous and valued a life as possible. We also support multidisciplinary team members to build their 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 Assertive Outreach and rehabilitation and we are actively involved in service development, evaluation, and research. We have access to a comprehensive CPD programme and external training, including leadership development, 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 (details below).

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, Counselling or Forensic Psychology
  • HCPC registration or eligible for this


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



  • Experience of working in adult secondary or tertiary mental health services
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a wide range of care settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, reflecting the full spectrum of clinical complexity and severity


  • Experience of working therapeutically with service users presenting with complex mental health needs and risks
  • Experience of working in a multicultural framework
  • Experience of team-based risk assessment and formulation
  • Experience of teaching, training, and/or supervising others

Knoweldge 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 in specific groups with complex needs
  • 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


Orsborn House

55 Terrace Road


B19 1BP

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