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Band 8a/Band 7 Preceptorship Practitioner Psychologist- Crisis House

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Springhill, Birmingham,
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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Are you looking for a varied, interesting, and unique Practitioner Psychologist role? Following the successful pilot of Crisis Houses, we are now able to offer a new permanent Practitioner Psychologist role working across two Crisis Houses in Birmingham.

The two Crisis Houses are: 1x 6 bedded female house and 1x 8 bedded mixed gendered house

Each house has a full-time assistant psychologist present on site delivering on group and individual work.

Although the post is 0.8 wte (30 hours), applications for less hours (minimum of 0.4 wte) and increased hours (up to full time by offering some time into our Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team) could be considered. We can offer flexible working.

The role can be offered at band 8a for suitably experienced candidates or as a band 7 preceptorship post for newly qualified psychologists.

You would be joining a small supportive team of psychologists that are already in post in our Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams. This is part of the wider Acute Psychology Service. We are a dynamic service where Psychologists are strongly placed to lead on service development and delivery across all elements of the care pathway. We have an established track record in service innovation and support a diverse range of clinical and academic interests with strong links to university programmes within the region. There is opportunity for internal CPD and there is substantial additional funding to offer external training in an area of your choosing.

Main duties of the job

You would be working within a multidisciplinary team alongside a third sector agency. The Crisis Houses are for services users aged 18 years plus and could be referred from a variety of services including Forward Thinking Birmingham, Early Intervention, Urgent Care and Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams.

The role of the Psychologist in the Crisis Houses would include:
  • providing and encouraging the use of psychological formulations to inform overall care planning
  • offering assessments and brief psychological interventions to service users
  • developing the psychological skill set of the clinical team through provision of training / teaching / supervision /consultation and reflective practice
  • liaising with other teams / services to support discharge plans / onward referrals.
  • research, service evaluation and audit

You would have excellent opportunities to gain experience of multilevel and integrated service provision and further develop skills of complex case assessment, formulation and the application of evidence based psychological interventions, both individual and in 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 Qualifications Essential
  • Satisfactory completion of a British Psychological Society accredited Doctoral Level postgraduate professional training course in clinical/forensic psychology 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.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and individual and group based treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including primary and secondary/ specialist care and inpatient/residential, outpatient and community team settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, including forensic contexts 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 working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with 'difficult to treat' clients.
Knowledge Essential
  • Well 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 18 to 24 months as a Specialist Clinical/Forensic Psychologist.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment commensurate with doctoral level training, including specialist clinical interviewing, behavioural observation, complex psychometric testing and specialist neuropsychological testing.
  • Able to use psychometric tests and psychological equipment in accordance with standardised timing, stimulus presentation and response monitoring requirements.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific 'difficult to treat' groups (e.g. personality disorder, challenging behaviour, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).

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