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Band 8b Principal Practitioner Psychologist - Ardenleigh

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 - Ardenleigh Women's Secure Blended Service - 18-month fixed term contract / secondment

The Women's Secure Blended Service (WSBS) at Ardenleigh has an incredible national reputation, having been a successful pilot site for the blended security model and a key influence in the National Women's Secure Pathway Transformation (WSPT) programme. This post offers an exciting opportunity to work across the service, both within the inpatient team and the outreach service, providing expert consultation and support across the women's pathway to improve care for our service users. The service values partnership working and has strong relationships with the wider secure network and local services. The role will involve working with women presenting with complex trauma and personality disorder, both indirectly through consultation and liaison with partner agencies, and directly through provision of specialist psychological interventions.

This opportunity comes at an exciting time within the women's secure pathway, with the National WSPT programme having just been launched. This exciting role offers the suitable candidate the chance to contribute to the ongoing development of the service, with opportunities for extensive leadership, service development and partnership working, as well as applying their clinical expertise. The directorate is committed to investing in staff and you will have opportunities for training, supervision and career development.

Main duties of the job

We are committed to supporting our staff to have a positive experience of their time at work and acknowledge that working in the WSBS can be challenging, so you will have access to a range of wellbeing support. You will work within the WSBS at Ardenleigh Hospital, providing specialist input into the inpatient service and delivery of the Outreach provision. The Outreach provision is an innovative approach to preventing avoidable admissions into secure care through consultation to external service. You will also provide specialist advice and support to the inpatient services to promote timely discharge. 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 health presentation, psychological difficulties, neurodiversity and complex needs and risks. Knowledge and experience of partnership working would be an advantage. You will also have relevant knowledge and experience of working with women and high-risk behaviours. Leadership and service development experience is desirable, 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.
  • Capacity for tolerating frustration, change and high levels of demand with an ability to work effectively under pressure.


  • Willing and eligible to apply for higher level security clearance

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust



Kingsbury Road


B24 9SA

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