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Band 8a Senior Clinical Psychologist - Acute & Urgent Care

Band 8a

Main area
Adult Acute Crisis and Home Treatment.
Band 8a
Permanent: Band 7 Preceptorship appointees have two years to get to Band 8a.
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Part time opportunities available)
Job ref
BSMHFT Acute Psychological Service
Birmingham and Solihull
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
03/05/2021 23:59

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

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust


Permanent Clinical, Counselling or Forensic 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. The post will be based in our Home Treatment Team, with interface opportunities with Acute Clinical Psychology colleagues based on the Inpatient Units. It is a full time post with input into two Home Treatment Teams located within The Zinnia Centre (Sparkhill). You would be joining four other psychologists that we have already recruited in to the other home treatment teams.

Main duties of the job

As part of a move to improve access to psychological interventions for complex presentations, you would have a lead role in working with and influencing team approaches to complex trauma, as well as having a small caseload of service users. 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.

You must be registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC. 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.

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 please view the attached job description and person specification.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Satisfactory completion of a Health and Care Professions Council/British Psychological Society accredited postgraduate professional training course in either clinical or counselling psychology.
  • Qualify for registration for Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
  • Eligibility for entry onto the Register of Chartered Psychologists
  • Considerable experience of specialist psychological assessment and individual or group based treatment of clients with complex difficulties across adult secondary or tertiary care settings.
  • Considerable experience of working with a variety of client groups of working age with wide-ranging presenting problems that reflect the full spectrum of clinical complexity and severity.
  • Well developed theoretical and practical knowledge of the field of psychological theory and practice and evidence based treatments consistent with postgraduate level professional training and further post qualification study, training and supervised experience
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, including specialist clinical interviewing, observational methods, complex psychometric testing.
  • Skills 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.
  • When communicating with patients, carers and colleagues, has the high level interpersonal skills necessary to obtain and convey highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in emotionally charged and extremely emotive settings, in a manner that addresses and overcomes psychological resistance, hostility, antagonism, and problems of motivation and engagement, as well as barriers to understanding arising from cognitive, cultural or linguistic factors
  • 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.
  • 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.
Desirable criteria
  • Pre-qualification training or additional qualifications in an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or other psychological therapy
  • Experience of working with people with acute care needs.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with ‘difficult to reach’ clients with complex mental health and behavioural needs.
  • Post qualification experience and/or formal training in supervision, enabling the post holder to independently supervise trainees in accordance with relevant criteria adopted by local training courses
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific ’difficult to treat’ groups (e.g. personality disorder, risk behaviours, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Current driving licence and car/motorbike owner
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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

Kelly Buffham
Job title
Principal Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
07985 883 426