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Band 8a Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Assertive Outreach

Band 8a

Main area
Assertive Outreach Services
Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Small Heath Health Centre
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum pro rata
Salary period
30/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Please note that this post may close earlier than the indicated closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Our Trust is committed to treating individuals fairly and ensuring they have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential, even if this means doing things differently for different people sometimes. We are working hard to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity within Birmingham and Solihull and that our services meet the needs of all diverse service users and carers.

Job overview

Are you looking for the opportunity to work creatively with individuals who have complex mental health needs?

Would you like to further develop your skills in multidisciplinary team working?

If so, we invite you to apply for this Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologist post with East Assertive Outreach Team (AOT). Individuals at Band 8a or eligible for this will be considered. Applications are also encouraged from recently qualified or trainee psychologists for a Band 7 position on a Band 8a preceptorship basis.

AOTs are part of our Integrated Community Care and Recovery (ICCR) service and provide holistic and intensive support to people with complex mental health needs. The post holder will be joining a supportive group of AOT and inpatient rehab psychologists. The ICCR psychology service has an excellent track record in research and innovation and supports a diverse range of clinical and academic interests. We also offer a well-developed CPD programme and supervision system.

Main duties of the job

AOTs use a team-based approach to assessment, formulation and intervention. The successful applicant will have opportunities to gain experience of multilevel service provision and to further develop skills in complex case assessment, risk assessment, shared formulation and application of evidence-based psychological interventions to support service users in their recovery.  

Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and with clients from culturally and socially diverse communities who have complex mental health needs and are reluctant to engage with services is desirable, as is the motivation to work with complex risk. If recently qualified, the post holder will be supported to develop their skills in working with people with psychosis and within a multidisciplinary team. We also have an active programme of teaching, training, service development and providing supervision, to which the post holder would contribute.

Working for our organisation

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further information about the main responsibilities of this post, please see the attached Band 8a job description and person specification. If appointed on a Band 7 preceptorship, an appropriate development plan will be agreed and put in place.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • HCPC/BPS accredited training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology
  • HCPC registration or eligible for this
Desirable criteria
  • Additional pre or post qualification training in an accredited psychological therapy or other field of applied psychology


Essential criteria
  • Significant post qualification experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with complex difficulties across multidisciplinary adult secondary or tertiary care settings
  • Significant post qualification experience of working with a variety of client groups of working age with wide-ranging presenting problems
  • Significant post qualification experience of receiving supervision (minimum 50 hours) so can supervise other psychologists
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working therapeutically with service users who are 'difficult to reach' presenting with complex mental health needs and risks
  • Experience of team-based risk assessment and formulation
  • Experience of working in a multicultural framework

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, including psychometric testing
  • Skills in psychological formulation, with individual clients and with teams
  • Skills in implementation of highly specialist psychological therapies, interventions and management techniques appropriate for use with complex presenting problems
  • Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non-professional groups
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific 'difficult to reach' groups
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Sanjeev Ramharakh
Job title
Principal Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
07985 883568
Additional information

We very much welcome and encourage you to contact us for an informal chat about this post.