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Band 8b Principal Practitioner Psychologist - Enhanced Reconnect

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
8b Practitioner Psychologist -Enhanced RECONNECT Service

Enhanced RECONNECT (ER) is an exciting NHS England initiative being piloted at four sites across the UK. The service will support individuals with convictions who have been identified as high risk of harm to the public and have complex health needs which may impact on their risk of reoffending. Convictions may include violent and sexual offences, terrorist act offences (Terrorism Act, 2000) and individuals at risk of committing terrorist acts. ER will take a partnership approach to ensure that individuals leaving prison have their needs met to reduce their risk of reoffending, through providing coordinated intervention, support, and risk management across multiple agencies, including health, criminal justice, local authority, substance misuse services, employment services and voluntary sector organisations.

The ER service will be psychologically led. The aim of the service will be to support individuals to better understand and manage their risks, build upon their strengths, learn new skills, and identify and break down barriers to access existing community-based services, using a trauma informed, formulation driven approach with the person at the centre. This exciting role offers the suitable candidate the chance to contribute to the development and implementation of the project, with opportunities for extensive leadership, service development and partnership working, as well as applying their clinical expertise.

Main duties of the job

You will work alongside a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, providing leadership to a team of multidisciplinary colleagues. You will support the pilot project through the development of the clinical pathway, which will include liaising with professionals across a range of agencies to promote coordinated intervention, support, and risk management. You will provide specialist assessment and intervention for individuals referred into the service. You will also have a substantial leadership role, providing management and clinical supervision to members of the team, contributing to a culture which is psychologically safe and promotes staff wellbeing, and therefore ensuring efficient and effective care for service users. The successful candidate will have extensive experience of working with adults with mental disorders, psychological difficulties, neurodiversity and complex needs and risks across forensic mental health settings, including community, custody, and secure hospitals. It is expected that you will have knowledge and experience of partnership working across health, social care, and criminal justice agencies. Relevant knowledge and experience of working with hard-to-reach groups would be an advantage. Leadership and service development experience is essential, as well as managing and supervising a range of psychological professionals. You will require good organisational, interpersonal and communication skills in addition to therapeutic expertise.

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 please view the attached job description and person specification.

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Person Specification



  • Satisfactory completion of a British Psychological Society accredited Doctoral Level postgraduate professional training course in clinical psychology (the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), the completion of which includes the study of models of psychopathology, psychometric and neuropsychological assessment, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Eligibility for entry onto the Register of Chartered Psychologists


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more highly specialist areas of psychological practice / therapy



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical/forensic psychologist for a minimum of 4 years post qualification, with a minimum of at least 2 years at the Senior (highly specialist) level.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, with clients of all ages across the lifespan and of wide-ranging presenting problems that reflect the full spectrum of clinical complexity and severity


  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with 'difficult to treat' and or 'hard to reach' groups and clients in community settings
  • Experience of safeguarding and risk management across several agencies, including appropriately escalating concerns



  • Highly developed theoretical and practical knowledge of the field of clinical psychology, consistent with doctoral level professional training and further post qualification study, training and supervised experience during a minimum of 4 years as a qualified psychologist
  • Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Awareness and understanding of the differential needs of people from black and minority ethnic groups and of the service issues arising within a multicultural urban area.


  • In depth knowledge of information governance legislation and information sharing practices across agencies



  • Ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.


  • Willing and eligible to apply for higher level security clearance

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Phoenix House



B24 9AB

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