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Senior Psychologist

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Pro Rata if Part Time Hours
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for clinical, counselling or forensic psychologist to join our citywide Personality and Complex Care (PACT) Team, where we work with young people, (age 14 to 25) who have difficulties regulating their emotions. The team enhance their package of care to the CORE CAMHs Teams across the city (who work with age 0 to 25), when moving between urgent care or inpatient settings and the community. We work with high levels of risk and distress, so it is important to help create thinking spaces in the system to enable the best care for the young people of Birmingham.

We know that organisations which have strong values and behaviours do well and that employees are engaged, happy and motivated in their work. We've worked closely with staff to develop and embed our values and we will continue to ensure that they underpin the way we care for our patients and each other.

Main duties of the job

PACT provides trauma informed care to children and young people with complex and high-risk presentations. It is an enhanced pathway, all our young people have co working teams within FTB including urgent care and we work closely with other agencies such Inpatient services, social care, and education. We offer shorter term stabilisation work to young people with a focus on helping the young people to understand and problem solve using a trauma informed approach. ICON offers bespoke and individualized care based upon formulation of need and the young person's individual goals.

You will manage a small case load and co work with members of the team, offering supervision / line management to more junior psychology staff and maybe peer support workers. You will be part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team who work together to support you to support the young person using Trauma models and Trauma informed care to offer stabilisation skills using models such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.

We also offer some longer-term work to those with complex needs where appropriate, and consultation to other teams within FTB and developing in depth formulations is an important part of the work.

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 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.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist eligible for chartered status
  • Skills in meeting the needs of children, adolescents and young adults with mental health needs
  • Registration with appropriate body (eg HCPC, ACP, BACP, AFT)
  • Post qualification training in specific psychological therapies and interventions with children, young people and young adults with mental health difficulties


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

Specialist Knowledge/Abilities/Job Experience


  • Knowledge and experience of working with children, adolescents and their families with mental health needs
  • Experience of providing specialist psychological assessment and treatment for clients across the full range of mental health settings to include outpatient, community, day services and in-patient settings.
  • Experience of assessing and managing risky clients in the community.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical/counselling psychology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.


  • Experience of teaching, training, staff support, research
  • Some experience of supervision
  • Some experience of contributing to planning and evaluation of services
  • Experience of neuropsychological assessment
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Facilitating clinical decision making & care planning With multi disciplinary professionals


  • Ability to assimilate a lot of information in a fast paced, highly emotive environment

Professional/Managerial/Specialist Knowledge


  • Experience of psychological assessments
  • Understanding of specialist psychological literature/ guidelines
  • Ability to use IT to prepare reports
  • Confidence & experience of using Microsoft systems (Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, etc)
  • Confidence and experience with using common NHS IT systems e.g. Electronic Patient Record (EPR), Electronic Staff Record (ESR)


  • Confidence and experience of using digital platforms to aid communication and connection e.g. MS Teams, zoom, AccuRX, Doctor Doctor

Personal Skills/Abilities and Attributes


  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Interest and Motivation to the Job


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

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Forward Thinking Birmingham Finch Road / City wide

1 Finch Road


B19 1HS

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