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Psychologist - Young Adults Service

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Ashford, Middx
£52,963 to £59,360 per annum pro rata inc. Fringe HCAS
Closing date
22 Sep 2023
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is a Top Employer Award Winner and works in partnership to provide responsive and dependable primary care, mental health, intellectual disability and substance misuse services to the diverse and culturally rich communities we serve.

As part of a brand-new Young Adults service, we are looking for an enthusiastic and forward-thinking Psychologist. You will be joining an energised & proactive multidiscipline team to provide innovative care for young women in custody. This client group has a complexity of health and social needs. Being in custody offers a unique opportunity to reach this group and provide health care that can improve lifelong outcomes. By joining our Prisons Health Care Team, you will have a real impact on promoting health and well-being of those in custody. As a psychologist you will provide a valued and uniquely contribute to a multi-disciplined approach to care.

This post will also offer the opportunity to contribute to the evaluation of service, sharing good practice and learning with our justice partners as well as wider stakeholders.

Our motto is 'Caring not Judging'. By working in partnership with the criminal justice system and other agencies, we provide effective and responsive care for those who may have a history of offending and may be at risk of reoffending in the future.

Main duties of the job

The psychologist role will be vital in the implementation, engagement & development of the Young Adults services at HMP Bronzefield. The role will oversee the psychological practice within the team through consultation, supervision, formulation & training within the brand new service at HMP Bronzefield. They will be supported by the Lead Clinical Psychologist of the division specifically for the Young Adult services for Health & Justice & work alongside other Psychologists working in the mental health in reach team.

They will support residents on this designated wing (and other locations within the prison) who may present with complex health needs & adjustment issues. The psychologist will be providing psychological assessment, formulation & interventions which support & promote improved health. They will also contribute to a therapeutic milieu that will enable stability & change.

The post holder will work in conjunction with the multi-disciplined team to promote the understanding of the psychological trauma informed perspective & its application to working with this client group.

There will also be an emphasis on evaluation of the service & the sharing of learning with partnership agencies & wider stakeholders.

The post holder will provide an psychological perspective whilst engaging & contributing to professional meetings such as CPA, multi-agency case reviews, risk management meetings & any other meetings related to the care & treatment of the patients in our care.

About us

Working for your organisation

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust offers its staff ongoing career progression through:
  • Monthly supervision
  • Annual personal development plans/appraisals
  • Access to exciting internal and external training opportunities.

Excellent progression through various career pathway opportunities such as but not limited to:
  • Preceptorship Programme
  • Support and guidance with Revalidation
  • Hidden Gem and annual award ceremonies

Excellent staff benefits, our benefit packages are amongst the best in London and include:
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Season ticket loans
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Relocation package

The trust alsovalues its staff and you are entitled to become a member of MyTrustBenefits. MyTrustBenefits is an online portal for all CNWL staff, as well as their family and friends. It offers over 1400 discounts at hundreds of retailers nationwide. Save money on your weekly food shops, toiletries, cosmetics, cinema, meals out, holidays, travel and entertainment. You can also access free online courses on a variety of topics, professional and personal, ranging from business management, languages, law and teaching.

All of our sites in Surrey offer free use of the onsite leisure facilities and free parking for staff.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological expertise and clinical knowledge in the assessment, treatment and evaluation of young people within HMP Bronzefield.
  • To carry out mental health and risk assessment, for a caseload of service users and offer regular monitoring of mental state.
  • To work autonomously, within an MDT providing clinical professional judgement in clinical cases and referring to team members when necessary.
  • To contribute in the development of specialist individual and group programmes, supporting service users in achieving valued goals and satisfactory occupational performance outcome. Providing advice and support on lifestyle changes and adaptations where necessary.
  • To facilitate smooth transitions for service users between prisons and different service settings (i.e. prison to community). Establishing links and working in collaboration with partner agencies in order to contribute and manage aspects of an individuals care plan.
  • To demonstrate excellent communication skills with service users, forming positive therapeutic relationships, using warmth and empathy, enabling service user empowerment.
  • To contribute, as part of the MDT to new initiatives and service development

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical, counselling or forensic psychology or its equivalent, accredited by the BPS. Training in models of developmental lifespan psychology, psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • HCPC Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • OR A recognised post graduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (or equivalent).
  • Accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) (via having a recognised qualification in one of the core mental health professions e.g. nursing, psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy or evidence of having achieved the Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA) route)
  • OR A recorded/registered qualification in counselling or psychotherapy and further post accreditation qualification in a nice recommended or evidence-based therapy (e.g. CBT EMDR)
  • Accreditation with a Professional Standards Authority recognised Accreditation Body.
  • Evidence of post-qualification specialist training, experience and developing expertise in a specialist area of clinical practice relevant to this role.


  • Other relevant CPD qualifications, pre- or post-training. Especially training in working with people with trauma and/or neurodiverse presentations, research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings
  • Demonstrate specialist experience gained post-qualification of working as an applied psychologist with evidence of having received a substantial amount of clinical supervision (normally in the region of approximately 50 hours).
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course 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 representing psychology within context of multidisciplinary care.
  • Experience of the application of applied psychology in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience or demonstrable knowledge of working with the particular client group served by the team/service
  • Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities etc)
  • Experience of delivering brief, primary care, CBT interventions or equivalent
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Formal Training in Supervision of other psychologists
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC


  • Experience of working in secure environments and/or forensic mental health.
  • Experience of using a trauma informed approach.
  • Lived experience of mental health Issues.
  • High level knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Possesses range of clinical knowledge, skills & information technology expertise relevant to post.
  • Can demonstrate competence in supervision of junior qualified psychology and MDT staff and professional psychology trainees.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Broad knowledge of models of assessment, management and treatment of those in the criminal justice system with mental health difficulties and personality disorders.
  • Ability to work intensively with people who present challenges in the complexity of their problems and needs, including sexual and violent offending and self-harming and suicidal behaviours.
  • High level of ability to plan and organise clinical service provision to meet service demands, and to maintain high quality professional practice.
  • Evidence of continual development of specialist knowledge and skills through engaging in relevant study and Continuing Professional Development relevant to the forensic population
  • An Understanding of the social determinates of health inequalities and relevant psychological theory and practice
  • Good understanding of the current context of service provision within the NHS.
  • Experience of software e.g. SPSS, EXCEL


  • Ability to write reports for varied audiences, including courts and purchasers of services.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practi
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