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Senior Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
West Midlands
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024
This is an exciting opportunity to join the project, called Sleeping Better . The central elements are two linked randomised controlled clinical trials treating sleep problems psychologically in young people at ultra-high risk of psychosis or people under the age of thirty who have been diagnosed with psychosis.

The post-holder will have a central role in the trial, being responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the Sleeping Better trial within the local NHS trust. This will include delivering psychological therapy, supervising research assistants in the recruitment and assessment of trial participants and supervising other clinicians in the delivery of the sleep intervention.

Main duties of the job

To deliver and supervise highly specialist cognitive-behavioural sleep interventions for young people at ultra-high risk of psychosis and patients under the age of thirty who have been diagnosed with psychosis. This will include treating difficulties such as insomnia, nightmares, and circadian rhythm disruption, adapted for patients with psychosis. Training in the intervention will be provided.

Recruitment and provision of the intervention will occur across Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust and mental health hubs within the West Midlands. There might also on occasion be a requirement for you to travel to other trial sites such as Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Newcastle and Oxford.

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



  • Experienced Qualified Doctorate in Clinical Psychology OR a relevant clinical qualification Clinical / Counselling Psychologist eligible for chartered status
  • HCPC registered with Doctorate in Clinical / Counselling Psychology
  • Highly specialist skills in meeting the needs of children, adolescents and young adults with highly complex mental health needs.


  • Post qualification training leading to highly developed specialist knowledge of issues relevant to core clinical population e.g DBT, NVR, DDP
  • Risk management training for those with highly complex mental health problems



  • A positive approach to working with clients with highly complex mental health needs and their families, exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care
  • Highly developed knowledge across relevant clinical areas e.g. working with developmental trauma and complex risk of harms.
  • Significant experience of providing clinical supervision and consultation, with psychologists, researchers and other professional groups
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
  • Ability 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.
  • Experience of maintaining working relationships and a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical aggression.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues, both within and outside the NHS.
  • Well organised and an effective team player.
  • Experience of maintaining effective communication when there are barriers to understanding and in circumstances where hostility, manipulation, conflict and antagonism are present
  • Experience of teaching, training, staff support and clinical research
  • Experience of assessing and treating highly complex clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care and have knowledge of running clinical trials.
  • Significant experience of assessing and treating children, young people and/or young adults with core needs of service area in the community
  • Significant experience of assessing and managing risk clients in the community that involves judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options
  • Significant experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment cognitive therapy skills, including the ability to deliver a protocol intervention adherently and to a high standard of competence both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan


  • Post doctoral training in Specialist CBT training and expertise.
  • Experience of contributing to clinical trials
  • Experience of contributing to planning and evaluation of services and innovation and improvement
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professionals and academic settings
  • Significant experience of providing expert 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 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.



  • Emotional robustness to frequently work with the intense distress of others.
  • Empathic towards and able to engage effectively with the client group.
  • Ability to cope with workload pressure.
  • Self-aware and emotionally resilient to be able to work within an emotive area.



  • Interest in developing services for clients with a highly complex problems in the community using cognitive therapy, early psychosis, sleep, psychological treatment, and research.
  • Well-motivated to be part of a 0-25 mental health service. Enthusiasm for working with this client group and their families / carers.
  • Skills and knowledge of using Microsoft office for use with audits, research and presentations to wider audiences


  • Ability to formulate long-term strategic plan for services over a period of time



  • Sound communication skills both verbal and written
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritize own and others workload
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) to internal and external agencies
  • Ability to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information due to the population worked


  • Excellent communication and presentation skills to key stakeholders



  • Effective use of psychological equipment
  • Demonstrate alignment with the values and beliefs of the Trust
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of equality and inclusion in the delivery of this role
  • Team working
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required
  • Flexibility regarding working hours, including the ability to work some evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Ability to travel across the city of Birmingham, between bases, within the community and other trial sites sometimes further afield for work purposes
  • Valid driving License and car owner

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Children's Hospital and Mental Health Hubs across the West Midlands

West Midlands

B6 4NH

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