Band 7 Psychological Therapist - Homeless Primary Care Team

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are seeking to recruit a psychological therapist to join our Primary Care Team delivering care to the Homeless community. We are based in a GP practice dedicated to the Homeless and have well established links to all other agencies involved in the care of the homeless.

At present we have two Community Psychiatric Nurses in post and we wish to develop our mental health services to provide psychological therapies to our service users, professional advice and support for our other team members and to develop integrated care pathways for service users in cooperation with the currently employed nurses, the Community Mental Health Team for the Homeless and the Mental Health Outreach Team for Rough Sleepers.

There is a focus on reducing the impact of psychological distress and risk behaviours, supporting users of the service to access other appropriate multi-agency services and offering individualised psychological treatments.

There are currently 2 senior psychologists working within the Mental Health Outreach Team for Rough Sleepers for professional support and supervision for the post holder.

We are a close knit hardworking team and require someone who wants to be a team player and is flexible enough to meet the challenges of the post.

We can offer you a wealth of experience in delivering care to the vulnerable and to substance abusers, good team support and great opportunities for personal development and training.

We are based in Birmingham City Centre.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be responsible for the delivery of high intensity psychological interventions to homeless service users in primary care and agreed service users from the community mental health team for homeless people.

Clinical provision includes assessment, formulation and focussed evidence based interventions within both homeless services as and when appropriate.

The post holder will play an active role in influencing the development of primary mental health care services through their involvement in evaluation and audit. They will also participate in research initiatives.

Provides teaching/training of psychological principles of working within team and Trust.

Offers peer supervision within psychological modalities and engages in own supervision and supervision groups.

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 Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in the provision of psychological interventions e.g. CBT, psychodynamic, systemic, relevant to work with people in primary care settings.
  • Experience of working in primary care settings.
  • Relevant community experience such as homelessness, substance misuse
skills Essential
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of assessment, case formulation and clinical skills incorporating knowledge of risk assessment and management.
  • Competent Clinical Supervisor
training Essential
  • Post Graduate qualification in evidence-based psychological therapy, relevant to working with people in primary care with mental health
  • Accreditation with a recognised UK Psychological Accreditation Organisation
  • Experience of working in primary care settings.
  • Relevant community experience such as homelessness, substance misuse

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