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Band 8b Clinical Psychologist - Weight Management Heartlands Hospita posted by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Full Time
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham
£52,306 - £60,983 / year
NHS Band 8B

Job Description

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.


Band 8b, 0.4 WTE Fixed Term (9 months)

Are you an experienced, committed and enthusiastic clinical psychologist looking to gain more experience in physical health? A secondment cover opportunity has arisen for a band 8b clinical psychologist to contribute to the development and delivery of a clinical psychology service within the Weight Management Service in University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, at 0.4 WTE in an outpatient Weight Management Service at Heartlands Hospital (9 months fixed term).

The post holder will join a team with two other part-time clinical psychologists. The team is an experienced specialist multi-disciplinary team at Heartlands Hospital which takes referrals from across the region for service users with a minimum BMI of 35. There is a high level of psychological need within this population, associated with high levels of early traumatic experience, and/or the emotional demands of living with their condition. Clinical sessions will be delivered at Heartlands Hospital.

Duties will include:

  • Delivering psychological interventions to service users to enhance well-being and functioning (either group or individual programmes). This would include therapies (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for disruptions in motivation and confidence, anxiety and mild to moderate mood disorder, altered perceived body image, the setting of realistic behavioural goals and targets and improved adherence to allied treatments.
  • Bariatric assessments
  • Clinical psychological input to multi-disciplinary team meetings, providing a psychological perspective in order to add to the multi-disciplinary team’s assessment and treatment and provide consultation and training to staff as required.
  • The promotion and development of psychological research in weight management and the participation in joint audit and research with other clinical staff in order to evaluate the service across the region.

Applicants should have experience of working with a multi-disciplinary team. Experience in working in a physical health setting and with trauma is desirable, but not essential. Applicants need to have experience of working across the lifespan with individuals and families, and also need to have experience of working across systems and with different professional specialties.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Rachel Strachan, Clinical Psychologist in Weight Management, ( Email address removed ) and [Click here to apply]

Robin Paijmans, Lead for Clinical Health Psychology, ( Email address removed ) and [Click here to apply]




Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to this post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the Trust is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill this post. We would advise overseas candidates wishing to apply who would require sponsorship to self assess themselves, on the UKBA website, to see the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post.

Please be aware that Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) utilise a third party recruitment system (TRAC). When applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system.

Following this, all subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from apps.trac.jobs. You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website. Furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. All communication from BSMHFT will come via the TRAC system. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a post within the Trust, then information will also be transferred into the NHS Electronic Staff Records system. Please note that all systems used by the Trust comply with the Data Protection regulations.




Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.




UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see [Click here to apply].



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436-1694337-B

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