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Band 8a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist Community - Ashcroft

Job Reference: [Click here to apply]

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Perinatal Mental Health

Ashcroft, Sandwell and West Birmingham

£44,606 - £50,819 per annum pro rata

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.

Specialist Clinical Psychologist - Band 8a (permanent)

Newly qualifying band 7 candidates are also encouraged to apply

The Perinatal Mental Health Service provides a specialist multi-disciplinary service to treat mothers with mental health problems, both during pregnancy and in the first year post-partum. The successful candidate will enhance the psychology provision for the team and join a welcoming and psychologically minded MDT.

We are looking for a highly motivated Clinical Psychologist with a keen interest in perinatal mental health. The main clinical work undertaken by the post-holder is to provide specialist psychological assessment and intervention for mothers and their babies and families in the community. Being allied to the multi-disciplinary team in the Perinatal Service, the post holder will act as a member of the team, attend meetings and offer supervision, advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to team colleagues. The role may also involve management and supervision of qualified and/or unqualified psychologists.

You will join a friendly and supportive regional perinatal Psychology Service that offers excellent opportunities for research, personal development and special interests, that is committed to providing training and supervision opportunities for its staff and that supports networking, exchange of good practice and peer support amongst Psychologists and members of other disciplines across the Trust. We have an exceptionally strong and productive tradition of Research and Innovation, very well-established links with Birmingham University and other academic institutions and enjoy excellent relationships with our clinical and managerial colleagues within the Trust. Birmingham is a rapidly developing, cosmopolitan city offering a diversity of cultural and leisure activities, entertaining nightlife and a good choice of affordable residential property.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust was successful in both Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the Perinatal Mental Health Community Services Development Fund, receiving funding to develop specialist perinatal community mental health teams for women.

Applicants will need to have a genuine interest in perinatal psychological therapies, excellent communication skills, and a good knowledge of safeguarding. Experience of working in the Perinatal Mental Health field is desirable, and/or a keen interest in this specialist area. We are open to applicants at different stages of their careers including newly qualified psychologists who can show an interest in this area.

We are committed to equal opportunities and the development of our staff and will provide a robust induction programme. We also provide regular supervision and training for all our staff. Newly qualifying psychologists are welcome to apply and will be supported in developing their expertise across a range of perinatal working. Appointees at Band 7 will be given appropriate support to allow them to develop over time to fully meet the requirements of the Band 8 role after a 2 year period.

The Trust 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.

Please ensure you read the job description and person specification attached and that your supporting information reflects the relevant skills and experience you have, as your application will be shortlisted against these criteria.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Elizabeth Penny, Clinical Psychologist on [Click here to apply] email [Click here to apply] or Dianna Dass-Farrell team manager for Birmingham Perinatal West Team (

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 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 applying from overseas.

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