An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and experienced Senior Clinical Psychologist to join Adopt Birmingham, Birmingham Children’s Trust Regional Adoption Agency (RAA).
The successful candidate will have significant prior experience working with children, young people and families who present with attachment difficulties, trauma or other complex needs. Previous knowledge or experience of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy or DDP Informed practice will be an advantage, but not essential, as training will be provided.
The RAA provides a wide range of assessment and support services to: children moving from care to adoption; adopted children and young people; adoptive parents, families, as well as working together with the professional network around the child. There is an emphasis on relationship based, attachment aware, trauma informed and dyadic practice across the service, and a range of individual, dyadic, family based and group interventions are provided.
The role will involve supporting children and young people who have experienced early adversity and present with attachment/complex trauma related difficulties, including those with neurodevelopmental needs or learning disabilities. The Senior Psychologist will hold a small caseload of direct clinical work with children and families and will lead the development & delivery of therapeutic groups (including delivery of regular Foundations for Attachment therapeutic parenting groups). A significant part of the role will also involve providing consultation, support and teaching/training where required to the professional network around the child / family. The Senior Psychologist will be responsible for liaison with third sector partner providers re: appropriate delivery and evaluation of assessment & therapeutic services funded via the Adoption Support Fund.
There will be opportunities for the post holder to contribute to service evaluation, service development and innovation projects. Candidates with strong service evaluation or research experience are also actively encouraged to apply.
The post holder will be joining a friendly, supportive, very well established and highly regarded Adoption Service. A wide range of approaches and models are utilised within the service to best meet the needs of the individual child and/or family. Innovative and creative working is encouraged. CPD is well supported through regular clinical supervision and both internal and external training opportunities. The service is underpinned by DDP informed principles and we are actively working towards becoming a DDP Partner Organisation.
As the only Clinical Psychologist post currently within the Service, there will be opportunities to meet regularly with other Psychologists across Birmingham Children’s Trust for peer to peer support. Regular opportunities for clinical and professional supervision is highly valued, and will be provided by the Head of Psychologically Informed Practice within the Trust.
Adoption is a citywide service with hybrid working arrangements (e.g. working from a mixture of office, home, and community venues or our new therapy base at Bournbrook Road in Selly Oak). Therefore there will be some expectation for the post holder to travel across the city as required to meet need.
The key components of this job will be to provide:
- A high quality psychology service to the adoption service and adoptive families and children, including those who present with additional learning and/or neurodevelopmental needs, their families, carers and other professionals involved in their care.
- Specialist comprehensive assessments, formulations and interventions drawing on a range of psychological models & approaches.
- Psychological support and reflective space to the service.
- Consultation and training to parents-Foundations for Attachment
- Supervision of undergraduate psychology students or trainee psychologists as appropriate depending on experience.
- Adoption Support Fund-liaison with and advice about suitable providers
- Some direct work with families
Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details. Please note, all applicants must have a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology and be HCPC registered as a Practitioner Psychologist. We are a large and diverse service, and particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian & other Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and candidates who represent the communities we serve.
This post is a full-time, permanent position, 36.5 hours per week, with some flexibility in working patterns.
Should you have any questions about the role, or wish to have an informal discussion, please contact Jane Francis (Assistant Head of Adoption) firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Marie Kershaw (Head of Psychologically Informed Practice & DDP Consultant) email@example.com
Salary is NHS Agenda for Change Band 8a Equivalent
Interview Date: 3rd November 2022
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.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with HCPC.