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Band 6 Specialist Psychological Practitioner

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
An exciting job opportunity has arisen to recruit a Specialist Psychological Practitioner to join our newly commissioned Enhanced RECONNECT Service.

Are you a professional with experience of working in mental health, social care, or education? Are you looking to build your skill and experience of delivering psychological interventions? If so, this could be the job for you!

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, sexual, and terrorist act offences. ER will take a partnership approach to ensure that individuals leaving prison have their needs met, in sustainable ways, to reduce their risk of reoffending. This will be achieved 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, with the aim of supporting 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.

Main duties of the job

You will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team under the supervision of a registered clinical/forensic psychologist. You will support the assessment, formulation, and delivery of psychological interventions to address the range of complex forensic mental health problems. This will involve both individual and group work as well as potentially working with families. Central to the role is working with the wider MDT and partnership agencies, to support psychological understanding of a person's difficulties, which will involve supporting consultations, providing training, facilitating supervision, and conducting evaluations of interventions.

We are looking for people from a range of diverse backgrounds with an interest in working with, supporting, and enhancing the lives of people who have experienced adverse life experiences, including trauma and neglect, and have a history of offending behaviour. This post is best suited to a professional with a background in teaching, counselling, social work, family work or nursing, who has some prior training and experience of delivering psychological interventions. Prior experience of providing support or supervision to a staff group would also be desirable. Due to the partnership working involved, you will also require good organisational, interpersonal and communication skills.

Whilst this post is for a fixed term to cover the duration of the pilot project, there is potential that this may be extended if the pilot is successful.

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.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Education (PGCE or equivalent), Social Work, Counselling, Psychology, Psychotherapy, RMN, Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, with significant years professional practice.


  • Additional Training in Therapeutic Models and/or Risk Assessment



  • Recognise relevance and application of evidence-based practice and evidence of CPD.
  • Experience of working with individuals with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Experience in delivering individual psychological interventions.
  • Experience in delivering group psychological interventions. Recent experience in a mental health or criminal justice setting



  • Ability to reflect on clinical practice/intervention. Understanding the needs and demands of working with clients with complex developmental and social backgrounds.
  • Understanding the impact of social circumstance, race, ethnicity, culture and gender on personality development. Ability to work effectively with service user representatives.


  • Experience of working with high risk offenders
  • Experience of working with partner agencies

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Phoenix House


B24 9AB

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