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Band 8b Principal Practitioner Psychologist - HMP Foston Hall

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time



Band 8B CAMEO Service at HMP Foston Hall

An 8b Psychologist post has become available within the CAMEO Service based at HMP Foston Hall, Derby. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is currently a Senior 8A Psychologist looking to expand their experience with a view to promotion or for an exisitng 8B to further develop their skills / expertise.

The CAMEO Service is a specialist, intensive day treatment personality disorder service for high-risk women with complex needs. The service offers a range of psychological interventions, both group and individual, aiming to alleviate distress for the individual, improve emotional regulation and reduce levels of risk.. Cameo is part of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway (OPD) and is a partnership service between BSMHFT, HMPPS and Anawim, a third sector Women's charity. The service is now well established and will be celebrating it's 10 year anniversary in 2023.

The post provides an exciting opportunity to lead and develop this established service and to make a significant contribution to the delivery of psychological services across the expanding Secure Care and Offender Health division within the Trust.

Main duties of the job

There are currently around 75 psychology and psychological profession staff within the division and this number is increasing due to the expansion of our services with partner agencies and ongoing innovation. We are a diverse and inclusive service and welcome applications from individuals with a variety of experience.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, robust and innovative Clinical or Forensic psychologist interested in leading a service and engaging in therapeutic work with high risk, complex women. A commitment to developing psychologically minded and well-informed professional staff teams is important, as is an interest in providing opportunities for meaningful service user involvement. Successful candidates will have attributes including excellent time management, report writing, a keen interest in developing diverse and inclusive practices as well as organisational and leadership skills. Experience of secure environments and working with people who have experienced adverse early life experiences, such as trauma, abuse and neglect, is desirable.

The service has identified resources supporting continuing professional development, including excellent multi model supervision structures. Opportunities also exist for collaboration and professional development, including participation in research and academic activity, through links with local academic and training institutions.

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 psychology (the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), the 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
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more highly specialist areas of psychological practice / therapy
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical/forensic psychologist for a minimum of 4 years post qualification, with a minimum of at least 2 years at the Senior (highly specialist) level.
  • Experience of highly 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 therapeutically with 'difficult to treat' and or 'hard to reach' groups and clients.
  • Experience of safeguarding and risk management across several agencies, including appropriately escalating concerns
  • Experience of working within a secure police environment
Skills Essential
  • Highly 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 4 years as a qualified psychologist
  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment commensurate with doctoral level training, including specialist clinical interviewing, behavioural observation, complex psychometric testing and specialist neuropsychological testing.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
  • In depth knowledge of information governance legislation and information sharing practices across agencies
Personal Essential
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.

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