Tell us whether you accept cookies

We use cookies to collect information about how you use the NHS Jobs website. We use this information to make the website work as well as possible.

Return to search

NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 09/12/2019.

Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 284-19-FTBJI-1614

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Early Intervention - West (FTB)
Birmingham Children's Hospital
£30,401 to £37,267 per annum

If you are Ambitious, Brave and Compassionate there has never been a more exciting time to join our team. Ambitious and proud to provide world-class care everyone who works at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust team plays an important role in making our hospitals the incredible places they are. Our vision is to build a world leading team to deliver world class care.

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust are committed to creating the best place to work, where all staff can reach their full potential. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and welcome and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation. We look forward to receiving your application.

For most roles flexible working may be considered, we would encuorage you to speak to the recruiting manager about this.

Band 6- Senior Mental Health Practitione

Early Intervention In Psychosis Service – Forward Thinking Birmingham

We are opening up a great opportunity for an experienced mental health professional who is interested working in a specialised area with people experiencing a first episode in psychosis. The post will be in the Birmingham Early Intervention in Psychosis Service. The Service is made up of four teams covering the city and we are looking for candidates to work in our West, North and East locations. The Birmingham Early Intervention Service was the first in the UK and was a beacon service to support the national development of EIP. The Service has also recently been rated as Good with the CQC. Birmingham is a richly diverse city and the population supported by the team reflects this. It is also a “young” city with a large youth population who we are committed in supporting through delivery of a dynamic and energetic service.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate extensive knowledge and previous experience of care co-ordinating and multi-agency working with a challenging and complex group of people. They should have a sound knowledge of child protection and safeguarding processes. The role will include tasks around delivering a high quality mental health service which has well defined national standards regarding accessibility and delivery of clinical interventions.  

Early intervention uses holistic and patient-centred approach, with emphasis around social inclusion as well as carer’s involvement in particular. The role will focus on managing a defined caselaod and being creative and innovative in how we deliver this holistic approach. As this role is a senior role, applicants should be able to show leadership, you will be required to act as role model to junior colleagues and other professionals and be able to demonstrate a high level of decision making skills, as well as work independently, as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Full-time Band 6 employed by BWC on behalf of Forward Thinking Birmingham (37.5 hours)
  • Location: Cross Birmingham sites in Lozells and Washwood Heath
  • Currently  Mon –Fri  9-5
  • Essentially have access to a car due to community outreach post.
  • Professional qualification eg RMN. Social Worker or Occupational Therapist.   


Forward Thinking Birmingham has been in existence since 2016 and continues to develop specialist services for young people with a range of mental health needs.

Be under no illusion we have work to do but rest assured FTB is a unique and truly individual service, which is continuously learning and evolving, whose primary aim is to meet the mental health needs of a multi-cultural city.

We are seeking to recruit mental health practitioners, who will have experience as a registered mental health nurse and or other professional registrants such as social work or psychological  therapist.

Ultimately you will be able to work with complex case load within a community setting and work safely and sensitively with our patients.

Our service includes patients with first episode psychosis and or a range of mental health disorders. You may also come into contact with people with a diagnosis of Autism, personality disorder and needs related to learning disabilities.

You will be an inspirational, innovative, high performing individual who is able to make safe and confident decisions around patient care, working in close partnership with patients and their parents, families, carers and friends and a range of other stakeholders.

You will need to hit the ground running, therefore, you will have extensive post registration experience in mental health setting.  We expect our staff to lead from their heart – have a passion for wanting to make a difference to people’s lives, acting as a vigorous advocate for the young people of Birmingham.

In return you will receive support and guidance and opportunities for learning and development.

You will have access to a range of specialists and professionals – ours is a truly multi-disciplinary approach to health care and if you have the stamina, courage and commitment, then we would like to hear from you.

Benefits of working with FTB (employed by BWC)

  • 27 days holiday, plus bank holidays increasing to 33 days holiday with continuous service
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • NHS Discounts
  • Excellent opportunities for career development as we continue to develop new transformational services.
  • Expert clinical supervision
  • We are developing a new training strategy which will include psychological and health skills, recovery and leadership training.

Birmingham is a fantastic place to live and work and has been transformed over the last few years with developments such as Grand Central, the Bull Ring and Millennium Point.  There are a range of lifestyle options from city apartments to suburbs with excellent housing and schools.  With more projects on the horizon such as HS2, further City regeneration and hosting the Common Wealth games in 2022, Birmingham is becoming one of the most vibrant cities in the World.  The Trust may pay relocation expenses to the successful applicant, if eligible.


For an informal discussion regarding this post please contact

Tim Newbold   Early Intervention Service Operational Manager and Lead Nurse


Dr Chris Jackson

Lead Clinical Psychologist and EI Clinical Pathway Lead


Please ensure that you read and understand the person specification for this post prior to applying as this is what you will be shortlisted against.

We would encourage all applicants to apply early as this vacancy may close earlier than the stated closing date once we receive sufficient applications. We do not accept cv’s (with the exception of consultant posts). Please be aware that any false information on your application form can lead to withdrawal of any offer of employment, disciplinary action and/or a criminal conviction

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body 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 the post. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website.

As this post involves a regulated activity you will be required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and where appropriate to the role, include information against the Independent Safeguarding Authority barred lists for working with children and/or working with adults.

In 2021 Birmingham is set to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to reduce harmful emissions, improve air quality in the city and the health of our children and young people. This is not a ‘congestion charge’ and does not apply to the vast majority of vehicles entering the city centre. Exceptions for NHS staff who earn under £30k and work in the zone are available. If you think the car you drive does not comply with the new regulations, you can begin preparations now. Simply visit the Brum Breathes website to find out more information.

*Please read additional documents attcahed relating to probation period and Brexit*

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current 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 a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

SAFERJobs To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs (, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.

  • Positive about Disabed People Logo
  • Mindful Employer Logo
  • Smoke Free Logo
  • Age Positive Logo
  • Apprenticeships Logo