Senior Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Senior Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Birmingham
Salary: £41,967 - £52,455
Job Published: August 15, 2017 11:48

Job Description

Senior Clinical Psychologists: Looked After Children & Adoption

£41,967 - £52,455 (Equivalent Agenda for Change Band 8a)

Therapeutic & Emotional Support Service & Adoption Service

Working 36.5 hours per week

Ref: PE2092017

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and developing Clinical Psychology Team within Birmingham City Council Adoption Service and Therapeutic and Emotional Support Service (TESS) for children in care (0-25 years). We provide a range of psychological support services and work closely with social care, health, education and third sector colleagues and partners. In addition to Clinical Psychologists, the service is comprised of therapeutic Social Workers trained in a variety of models and approaches (e.g. Play Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Art Therapy, DDP, CBT etc).

We are currently seeking to recruit two experienced and enthusiastic Senior Psychologists to contribute to further service developments. One post will have a primary remit in Adoption, the other with a primary remit for children in care (including supporting neurodevelopmental /learning difficulties).

With both roles, there will be an emphasis on providing comprehensive and specialist assessment and intervention packages to children in care and/or adopted children and young people, their parents and/or carers. Interventions aim to help children, young people and families develop resilience, make sense of past life events, improve attachment relationships, and make sense of emotional, behavioural and developmental difficulties that can result from experiences of abuse, neglect, maltreatment and/or adversity.

There will also be a strong focus on service development, service evaluation, providing psychological consultation /expert opinion, cascading psychological thinking, developing/delivering teaching, training and group work, and clinically supervising others.  As a vibrant and developing service committed to excellence, it is anticipated there will also be opportunities to work creatively and flexibly to develop and implement innovative practice and service developments as well as working from the established evidence base.

Regular clinical supervision and line management will be provided by the Principle Clinical psychologist within the service and we are committed to supporting opportunities for continued professional development. We have close links with the University of Birmingham D.Clin.Psy training course, deliver teaching on the programme and provide specialist 3rd year Clinical Training placements within our service.

For further information and to arrange an informal visit, please contact Dr Marie Kershaw, Principle Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham Adoption Service/TESS, PO Box 16600, Lancaster Circus, Birmingham B2 2DX Tel: 07885 235823 Email:

We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications.

If you decide to apply for this post but do not hear back from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you not have been short-listed on this occasion.

We will be requesting references. Please ensure you include email addresses and contact numbers for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability and experience of mental health difficulties.

Birmingham City Council is committed to safeguarding all children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration.

Closing date: 29 August 2017.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formerly CRB check will be undertaken

“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non UK and non EU applicants are required to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must be approved by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) before any employment offer can be confirmed.”