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Band 8b Principal Psychologist – East Assertive Outreach 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
Part Time
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Are you an experienced psychologist looking for the opportunity to develop your clinical and leadership skills? Do you enjoy being part of a team and working creatively and collaboratively with individuals who have complex mental health needs? If so, we invite you to apply for this Principal Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist post in our Assertive Outreach Services.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has six Assertive Outreach Teams (AOTs), forming part of our Integrated Community Care and Recovery service. This post is based at East AOT, in Small Heath, Birmingham. The post holder will join the specialist multidisciplinary team providing intensive, flexible, and holistic support to people with complex psychosis or bipolar disorder who have been reluctant to engage with mainstream services. 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. The post is 0.8wte, with the option of additional bank work in psychological services.

Main duties of the job

Assertive Outreach Teams use a well coordinated, team-based approach. The post holder will contribute to clinical leadership at East AOT and have opportunities to develop skills in specialist assessment, shared formulation, and application of evidence-based psychological interventions with service users.

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. We also support teams to build their knowledge, skills, and confidence by delivering a programme of training, supervision, and reflective practice, to which the post holder would contribute.

Our psychological service has a reputation for clinical excellence and innovation in assertive outreach and 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 information 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
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
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

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