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Band 8b Principal Psychologist – Community Intensive Rehab Team

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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A unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist to join our new Community Intensive Rehabilitation Team. This multidisciplinary team is being established to provide rehabilitation in the community for up to fifty service users, working in partnership with Birmingham Mind and other agencies to facilitate social inclusion and recovery.

The post will be located initially at Northcroft, Erdington, Birmingham, moving to a permanent team base in due course. The post holder will be involved in development of the new team and subsequently work alongside colleagues to provide intensive, flexible, and holistic support to people with complex psychosis or bipolar disorder. They will also be warmly welcomed into a well-established and supportive group of psychologists working across Assertive Outreach and Steps to Recovery inpatient rehabilitation services.

Individuals at Band 8b or with suitable experience and eligible for this banding will be considered.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have opportunities to develop skills in specialist assessment, shared formulation, and application of evidence-based psychological interventions to support service users to achieve their recovery goals. Initially, they will work with the team manager and Transforming Rehabilitation Steering Group to establish the new team and help shape its approach.

Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and with clients from culturally and socially diverse communities who have complex mental health needs is desirable, as is the motivation to support positive risk taking so that service users can lead as autonomous and valued a life as possible. The post holder will also contribute to a programme of training, supervision, and reflective practice for rehabilitation services.

Our psychological service has a reputation for clinical excellence and innovation in rehabilitation and we are actively involved in service development, evaluation, and research. We have access to a comprehensive CPD programme and external training and provide strong professional supervision, offering a range of clinical models and accreditation opportunities.

If you share our recovery-focused commitment to keep service users at the heart of what we do and would like to develop your clinical and leadership skills, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us for further information about the post or to arrange an informal visit (details below).

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 details about the main responsibilities of this post, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC/BPS accredited training in Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychology
  • HCPC registration or eligible for this
  • Additional pre or post qualification training in an accredited psychological therapy or other field of applied psychology
  • Management and/or leadership training
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of working in adult secondary or tertiary mental health services
  • Substantial experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, reflecting the full spectrum of clinical complexity and severity
  • Substantial experience of working as a Senior Practitioner Psychologist (Band 8a)
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervising others
  • Experience of working therapeutically with clients who have complex needs and have been reluctant to engage with mainstream services
  • Experience of working in a multicultural framework
  • Experience of team-based risk assessment, formulation and management
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment, including psychometric testing
  • Highly developed skills in psychological formulation, with individual clients and with teams
  • Highly developed skills in implementation of highly specialist psychological therapies, interventions and management techniques appropriate for use with complex presenting problems
  • Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non-professional groups
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific groups with complex needs
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Experience of service development, redesign and improvement methodologies

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