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Band 8a/7 Preceptorship Practitioner Psychologist - Acute Services

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

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you interested in working with people who are experiencing acute crisis on a ward?

Do you like working creatively using psychological approaches to help create change in a timely manner?

Would you like support and funding for EMDR accreditation and other CPD ?

Do you enjoy working as part of an MDT?

Would you like to develop your leadership skills within your role?

Would you like to join a service that supports innovation and offers opportunities for development?

If so, we invite your application for the role of Practitioner Psychologist in the inpatient psychology service at the Oleaster centre.

The post is part time and flexible working would also be considered.

Applications from newly qualified psychologists are encouraged, and trainee applicants would be considered.

Due to a recent promotion a vacant post has become available at the Oleaster centre. You would be joining a small supportive team of 3 psychologists and 2 assistant psychologists.

You would be part of the wider Acute Psychology Service. 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. There is an internal CPD programme that you would have access to and there is substantial additional funding to offer external training in an area of your choosing.

Main duties of the job

Inpatient services provide multidisciplinary care on a 24/7 to clients who are admitted when experiencing a mental health crisis. You would be part of a supportive psychological service which provides input to the 5 wards at Oleaster. You would be working with experienced psychological colleagues to provide a service for people with complex needs such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, PTSD and personality disorders.

The role of the Psychologist in the inpatient service at Oleaster includes:
  • Offering assessments and brief evidenced-based psychological interventions to service users.
  • Developing and encouraging the use of psychological formulations to inform care planning for clients.
  • Supporting multidisciplinary teams through case consultation, training and reflective practice.
  • Liaising with community teams/specialist services to facilitate onward referrals/interventions for clients.
  • Service development and service evaluation and audit.

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. As well as being embedded within teams, the successful candidate would have opportunity to join colleagues in specialist supervision groups, special interest groups and service development projects. Continuing professional development is supported and encouraged, with funding for EMDR accreditation as standard.

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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