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Band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or 7/8a Preceptorship - ICCR

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have two exciting vacancies that have arisen for newly qualified or early career Clinical or Counselling Psychologists within our Integrated Community Care and Recovery (ICCR) Services working with adults with mental health difficulties in the community. They are ideal posts to apply your full range of psychological skills and knowledge including consultation, training, supervision, service development, leadership and research in addition to direct clinical work.

We are looking for two suitably experienced Clinical or Counselling Psychologists (or equivalent applied Psychological Practitioners) and have vacancies for both full-time and part-time posts. Based on experience, these posts can either be offered at a Band 8a or a Band 7/ 8a Preceptorship arrangement. We would welcome applications from final year trainees in a Preceptorship arrangement.

It is a stimulating time in the service as the post-holders will be part of multi-professional teams supporting the Transformation of our Community Services in BSMHFT as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Both posts offer easily accessible travel routes including trains and buses and so it is to travel from the wider West Midlands area.

We would welcome applications from those looking to build upon their clinical skills with a wide range of presenting difficulties post qualification or those with more experience who are keen to develop specialisms and greater leadership roles to make a difference in the community.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for enthusiastic, committed and skilled clinicians who can work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, to provide a range of clinical services. The individual will have excellent opportunities to gain experience of multilevel and integrated service provision and to further develop skills of complex case assessment, formulation and the application of evidence based psychological interventions, both individual and in groups. You should have experience of working with service users with complex mental health and behavioural needs; additionally to be familiar with the needs of a diverse BAME community and working in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation.

We have an established track record in service innovation supporting a diverse range of clinical and academic interest, with time for research and teaching related activities built into many of our psychological professions job plans. There are clear career paths for psychologists in the service who join us, and we are committed to your development through training and supervision.

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 Training/qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology
  • Additional qualifications in an accredited therapy
Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualification experience of specialist psychological assessment and individual and group based treatment of clients with complex difficulties across adult secondary or tertiary care settings. (for 8a post)
  • Experience working in Adult Secondary or Tertiary Mental Health services (for Preceptorship)
  • Experience of working with service users with personality difficulties/complex trauma/psychosis
Experience Essential
  • Experience of running group based interventions for clinical problems
  • Post qualification experience and/or training in supervision
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in formulation of problems from psychological perspective and implementation of interventions appropriate for use with complex presenting problems
  • High level knowledge of theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
Personal Essential
  • Ability to interact with and to build an sustain relationships with people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of working closely with others in an MDT setting

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