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Specialist Clinical Psychologist - Various Locations

Band 7

Main area
Older people Dementia and Frailty
Band 7
37.5 hours per week
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Birmingham and Solihull
£31,696 - £41,787 per annum, pro rata
29/05/2018 23:59

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

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As part of our safe recruitment practice pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. If you have not heard from us within a month of the closing date you should presume that you have not been shortlisted. As part of the selection process you may be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, however all cases of criminal record history are dealt with on a case by case basis.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is committed to equality of opportunity, and welcomes applications from all areas of the community, who meet the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, gender, disability, religion/ belief or sexual orientation.

All successful applicants will be required to complete the Trust’s induction programme. The Fundamental (Statutory and Mandatory) training will be in an e-learning format. You will be required to complete training modules online (approx. 9-14 hours depending on post) in your own time prior to any unconditional offer being made.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Specialist Clinical Psychologist (Band 7)

Mental Health Services for People with Dementia and Frailty

Post 1:

0.5 wte Dementia and Frailty Organic Assessment Unit (Juniper Centre, Moseley)

Post 2&3:

2 x 0.5 wte Integrated Community Care and Recovery Services for People with Dementia and Frailty (North Hub, Reservoir Court, Erdington & Juniper Centre, Moseley)

Post 4:

0.4 wte Solihull Integrated Community Care and Recovery Services for People with Dementia and Frailty & Mental Health Enhanced Assessment Team (Solihull)

Job type: Permanent, Full time/Part time – various combinations of these posts are possible.

We are really excited to be recruiting to these posts which will support older people with dementia and mental health problems at various points of the pathway. BSMHFT and our Dementia and Frailty services are at the forefront of providing pathway based care in partnership with other agencies and these posts offer recently qualified graduates innovative and creative opportunities to consolidate and develop their skills working within a specialist service orientated to the needs of older people; people with dementia; and people with frailty and mental health conditions. As a service we are supportive of continuing professional development through different opportunities such as training, mentoring, project work developing leadership skills and research. If you are looking for an opportunity to work with older people with mental health problems, enjoy multi-disciplinary team work and want to work in a multi-cultural environment within a large group of specialist Dementia and Frailty psychology colleagues then please get in touch to discuss these posts.

Each of the posts is offering the opportunity to bring your core set of clinical psychology skills to a different service and team purpose.   Although we have separate adverts online we shall be considering all applicants for all of the posts and try to match your preferences and skills.  Applicants need only apply once to be considered for all of the posts. 

Post 1 Organic Inpatients:

Our organic in-patient unit has 18 beds for women who are admitted for assessment because of risk and the severity of their presentation. Working as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team you will have deliver psychologically informed care for all service users via direct assessment, formulation and intervention and consultation.   There is a 0.5 wte Assistant psychologist also dedicated to the unit to support direct clinical care using person centred approaches and the Newcastle model.  There are opportunities for involvement in service development and evaluation, supervision and research.  The organic inpatient units at Juniper Centre, Moseley Hall Hospital, have recently been AIMS accredited as ‘Excellent’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and provides lots of opportunities to work creatively with individual service users with dementia, some with behaviour that challenges and their family members, carers and friends.

Post 2&3 Integrated Community Care and Recovery

Birmingham and Solihull retains a specialist function for the care of people with dementia and frailty within community mental health services.   You will be providing a service to people who have dementia and complex needs in the community or who have other mental health problems with the addition of frailty or later life stage.  Supporting the specialist assessment of service users and informing their care from a psychological perspective is a core area of work within these multi-disciplinary teams.  The delivery of psychological therapies is also a key aspect and we can support a number of therapy models to meet service users’ needs.   In addition a role to support evidence informed psychological practice by supporting the use of psychologically informed protocols, guidelines and procedures by other members of the MDT is valued. Our service appreciates the broad skill set of clinical psychology and there will be opportunities to make full use of these via supervision, consultancy, group therapy provision and service development and or research. 

Post 4 Solihull Integrated Community Care and Recovery & Mental Health Enhanced Assessment Team

Based in Solihull but split 0.2 wte and 0.2 wte between the Solihull community mental health team for older people (details as above) and the Mental Health Enhanced Assessment Team this post offers the opportunity to develop an appreciation of working in partnership with other services and agencies whilst providing a psychological assessment, interventions and consultancy to a multi-disciplinary team who aim to support the mental health needs (including dementia) of people with a primary physical health or frailty need. The MHEAT works with any patient with a Solihull GP over the age of 18 years but who is receiving care for their physical health (often those who are older with complex long term conditions or co-morbid cognitive impairments).  The team’s purpose is to enable care to be provided as close to the patients home as possible, prevent unnecessary admissions and A&E attendance and to support/advise the physical health care team to manage mental health needs by providing specialist assessment and interventions.  Referrals are received from many sources but predominantly include Solihull Integrated Care Teams, Community Nursing teams and Geriatricians.  There is only a small resource of psychology which the team want to use effectively and efficiently.  They value the broad skill set that a clinical psychologist can bring and would particularly welcome opportunities for reflective practice and supervision. 

Supported by senior psychology colleagues working throughout the Dementia and Frailty pathway you will be joining a friendly and supportive Psychology Service which offers excellent opportunities for research, personal and professional development and is committed to providing training and quality supervision.  We have good links to the university and regularly provide opportunities for trainee clinical psychologists and students on the MSci programme with placement opportunities. Those currently in the final year of training are very welcome to apply.

Interview date - TBC

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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 Susan Adams Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Tel: 0121 301 5837 or email sue.adams14@nhs.net )

We would encourage you to contact us for informal conversations about these posts which may offer some flexibility in terms of full or part time working. We will be considering applicants to any of the posts for all of the opportunities but feel free to let us know about your own particular skills and preferences either in an informal discussion, your application or at interview. 




If you have problems applying, contact

0121 301 1255