Band 8a Practitioner Psychologist - Secure Services

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 7 candidates also welcome to apply for preceptorship a post

It was a pleasure to work with you. I found our conversations very invigorating, and it restored my faith in why I not only trained as a Probation Officer, but why I am still at it.

(Feedback from a Probation Practitioner working with the AFFIRM core OPD service)

Would you like to receive feedback like this and be part of a service that is valued and that makes a real difference? Then read on!

AFFIRM are a team of committed and innovative psychologists working in partnership with specialist probation practitioners to provide consultancy, formulation, training, and supervision to community probation staff throughout the Black Country, Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire, as well as to probation staff based in three private prisons (HMP Dovegate, HMP Oakwood, and HMP Rye Hill). We support staff to work with complex, high-risk people on probation with trauma histories and personality difficulties in a psychologically informed way, with the aim of building robust therapeutic relationships, increasing engagement, and reducing the risk of future harm to self and/or others.

Main duties of the job

We invite applications from Clinical or Forensic Practitioner Psychologists from diverse backgrounds to join the AFFIRM team, as part of our expanding Secure Care and Offender Health Services (SCOH). Newly qualified Band 7 psychologists are encouraged to apply for a preceptorship role with a view to supporting progression to Band 8a within 2 years

These roles require a degree of travel and working across locations. We welcome discussions around the geographical locations of the posts and remote working. There may also be opportunities to work alongside the other 80 psychology staff across other SCOH service areas to support professional development and service delivery.

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.
Skills Essential
  • Skills commensurate with doctoral level training in the formulation of problems from a psychological perspective and in the implementation of highly specialist psychological therapies, interventions and management techniques that are appropriate for use with complex presenting problems. Able to deliver established/evidenced based psychological therapy to fidelity.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) including the ability to empathically, sensitively and effectively communicate clinical and condition related information to clients, their families, carers and professional colleagues (within and outside the NHS) that is extremely complicated or technical; extremely sensitive and potentially distressing to the recipient; or that is extremely contentious or challenging.
  • Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to provide teaching and training on relevant psychological topics, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
Experience Essential
  • 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.
Personel Essential
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines and agencies.
  • Is a 'team player' and has demonstrated ability to work and deliver to team and organisational objectives.

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