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Band 6 Specialist Psychological Practitioner - Secure Care

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 6 Specialist Psychological Practitioner (Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Clinical Associate in Psychology




We invite applications from enthusiastic, resilient and innovative professionals to join our expanding team to the role of a Specialist Psychological Practitioner. This role is well suited to professionals who may already be working in the mental health or education sector, who have experience of delivering psychological interventions and are keen to develop their knowledge and skill in this area.

We have vacancies in the following areas:
  • Women's Secure Blended Service at Ardenleigh - a secure inpatient service for women focusing on providing gender sensitive, trauma informed care.
  • Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR)- The MHTR programme provides evidence-based mental health treatment to individuals sentenced to a community court order and provides an alternative to short custodial sentences.

A core part of these roles will be to work alongside colleagues from a range of disciplines sharing psychological knowledge and improving the psychological mindedness of the service. We are looking for people from a range of diverse backgrounds with an interest in working with, supporting and enhancing the lives of people who have experienced adverse life experiences, including trauma and neglect, and have a history of offending behaviour

Main duties of the job

Post holders will assist in delivering a range of individual and group interventions addressing emotional, behavioural and relational factors in order to improve service users' recovery and wellbeing, and potentially working with families. They will support the assessment, formulation & delivery of interventions to address the complexities experienced by service users. They will contribute to the production of risk assessments and inpatient behavioural management plans and provide psychological informed advice and support for those involved in the care of the individual. They would also support training, supervision and evaluation of a range of psychological interventions, risk management activity and service user involvement. The post holders should have some experience in providing support or supervision to a staff group and be able to identify and need for systemic support.

We are looking for people with diverse lived experiences outside of core psychology professions to help vary our delivery of psychological interventions who are interested in working with people who have complex presentations, encompassing risk, personality difficulties and mental health. We hope there can be mutual learning and development, where you will be offered individual and group supervision, training to help you develop core skills and a team where laughter is balanced with hard work. The roles are challenging but are made easier by the supportive team ethos we hold.

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
  • Degree in Education (PGCE or equivalent), Social Work, Counselling, Psychology, Psychotherapy, RMN, Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, with significant years professional practice.
Experience Essential
  • Recognise relevance and application of evidence-based practice and evidence of CPD.
  • Experience of working with individuals with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Experience in delivering individual psychological interventions.
  • Experience in delivering group psychological interventions. Recent experience in a mental health or equivalent setting
Skills Essential
  • Ability to reflect on clinical practice/intervention. Understanding the needs and demands of working with clients with complex developmental and social backgrounds.
  • Understanding the impact of social circumstance, race, ethnicity, culture and gender on personality development. Ability to work effectively with service user representatives.

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