Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
ACUTE AND URGENT CARE SERVICES
Permanent Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (Band 8a) or Band 7 Preceptorship
Based in Home Treatment Teams, within Acute Psychological Services, Full Time, but applications for part-time working are also encouraged.
An increase in funding has led to an expansion of Home Treatment provision in Birmingham and Solihull. As a consequence, we are seeking to appoint 4 Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologists (Band 8a). We are open to appointing to a Preceptorship Band 7 post, working up to Band 8a over two years, upon successful passage through relevant gateways. The posts will be based in our Home Treatment Teams, with interface opportunities with Senior Acute Clinical Psychology colleagues based on the Inpatient Units. The posts consist of 0.5 wte in each of the two teams that, with the exception of Solihull, are located in the same base. You will be based at the Zinnia Centre in Sparkhill-Sparkbrook, the Oleaster Centre in Edgbaston, Orsborn House in Handsworth and Northcroft in Erdington.
Successful applicants will be professionally line managed by a Principal Clinical Psychologist (Band 8b), based with the Solihull Home Treatment Team. You will be operationally accountable to the Home Treatment Team Manager. The Acute Inpatient and Home Treatment Psychological Services are led by a Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist. If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to develop your clinical leadership and consultation skills in an acute adult setting, providing high quality services to clients from socioeconomically and culturally diverse backgrounds, this is the post for you.
As part of a move to improve access to psychological interventions for complex presentations, where medical approaches may not be indicated, you will have a lead role in working with and influencing team approaches to complex trauma, as well as having a small caseload of service users with this presentation. You will also have the opportunity to provide support and guidance to the rest of the multidisciplinary team, via consultancy, developing and sharing formulations, along with staff supervision, training and reflective practice, with the support of other very experienced colleagues also working in the Acute Psychological Service. We work flexibly, using evidence and practice based models, with access to colleagues and supervisors who use a range of models.
BSMHFT has 9 Home Treatment Teams and 15 single gender inpatient wards, providing support for adults of working age. You will be joining an established and supportive acute psychological services team of 11 qualified psychologists and 2 assistant psychologists, together with honorary assistant psychologists and clinical psychology trainees.
We support research and development. Recent innovative projects have involved the delivery of inpatient psychology Drop-in sessions which aim to extend access to psychological services to service users who do not typically engage in our services via more formal routes, and the provision of short term stand-alone emotional coping skills groups to help service users alleviate acute distress through behavioural, cognitive, mindfulness and compassionate mind techniques. We are currently developing NICE concordant therapeutic approaches, to be delivered across the Acute pathway. Among these is an intervention that will allow Crisis Teams to feel more confident at working psychologically with service users who self-harm. Research is currently being set up to pilot a CBT informed approach for managing the impact on psychotic symptoms of service user worry. Another initiative involves development of a trans-professional and trans-diagnostic measure of service user experience of therapeutic alliance in interactions with members of staff. Ideas for innovation are welcome and their development is actively supported.
We are part of the development of a wider pathway for service users who attract a diagnosis of personality disorder within the Trust, piloting awareness and self-care training for staff. We are currently developing psychological services across the acute pathway, with the aim of providing more seamless input for our service users.
We want to support you in your career as a clinical or counselling psychologist, helping you to further develop your clinical and research skills, while also gaining experience of leadership and management. We are part of a wider psychological service across Working Age adults and have an annual in-house programme of Continuing Professional Development. There are also opportunities to access external training in specific models of therapy, as might be in keeping with the needs of the service for provision of high quality, evidence based psychological services to our service users and their carers.
We have long-established links with the clinical psychology training programmes in the region and you will be involved in the supervision of trainees from the Birmingham and Coventry/Warwick doctorate courses.
You must have completed a British Psychological Society/Health and Care Professions Council accredited postgraduate training in either clinical or counselling psychology. For the 8a position, you should have considerable post qualification experience of working with service users in adult secondary or tertiary care settings. Applicants with less experience are also encouraged to apply. As mentioned previously, the posts offer a Band 7 preceptorship opportunity with progression to Band 8a following two years of satisfactory performance. Finally, there are vacancies in other areas that may offer other opportunities for split posts.