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Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist - FTC or Secondment (Essex)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Wickford, Essex
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Band 8a Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist - Full-time (37.5hrs p/week) - FTC or Secondment

This post is available as a Fixed-Term Contract or Secondment up to 30th April 2024 to cover maternity leave.

Main duties of the job

An excellent opportunity has arisen for clinical, counselling or forensic psychologist to join the multidisciplinary team at Brockfield House, a forensic inpatient unit providing low and medium secure services. This post is available as a Fixed-Term Contract or Secondment up to 30th April 2024 to cover maternity leave. The team provides effective clinical risk management and supports the recovery pathway for service users with forensic histories or significant risk profiles. The post-holder will take on the role of ward psychologist, providing psychological assessments as well as individual and group interventions to service users presenting with a range of complex risk behaviours and forensic needs.

The role sits within the wider Forensic Psychological Services Department which comprises clinical, counselling and forensic psychologists, trainee psychologists, assistant psychologists and psychology undergraduate placement students. EPUT's Secure Services operate across Essex, Bedfordshire and Luton: Edward House, a 20 bed Low Secure unit in Chelmsford; Wood Lea Clinic (a 10 bed low-secure unit for men with a learning disability; and, Robin Pinto Unit, a 18 bed Low Secure Unit in Luton. Video conferencing facilities between sites are also used to assist departmental communication.

About us

  • Excellent Training and CPD opportunities for career development
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work

Day One Flexible Employer, the Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment.

As well as applicants from the UK, we encourage overseas candidates to apply for this role. We welcome diversity within our organisation. We can offer guidance for candidates coming from overseas about settling into working in the UK and we have a programme to provide a 'buddy' for you, i.e. a member of the Psychological Services Directorate who has also emigrated to join us at EPUT and can guide you through as you settle into your new home. We understand that, as an overseas candidate, you will have gone through excellent training in your country of origin and we encourage you to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of inpatients on the forensic wards based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi- structured interviews with clients and others involved in the clients The post- holder will also be responsible for the safe use of any equipment used during assessments (e.g. test batteries).
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems and employing evidence based
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of highly specialised psychological interventions for people on the forensic unit; families and groups, within and across teams, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

  • Please see full 'Job Description' and 'Person Specification' attachments for full details of the role.

    Person Specification



    • Professional training in psychology
    • Postgraduate training including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by HCPC.
    • HCPC Registered as practitioner psychologist
    • Knowledge of models of forensic psychology, including theories and models of offending, risk assessment (including Structured Professional Judgement approaches), and knowledge of theories of offence related therapy



    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • Experience of providing teaching and training to mental health staff around topics pertinent to working with offenders and/or adults with learning disabilities.
    • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
    • Experience in the administration and interpretation of Structured Professional Judgement risk assessments (including the HCR-20, RSVP and SARA), as


    • Experience of providing clinical supervision to staff carrying out group and individual work with forensic mental health or forensic learning disability patients.
    • Experience of initiating and taking an active role in service-development



    • The ability to create and maintain effective relationships within the clinical team and with a range of professionals.
    • Team Player, inspirational to others, ability to negotiate 'win win' situations.
    • Ability to work independently
    • Confident and approachable.


    • Personal experience of mental health problems.

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