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Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 (pro rata) per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen within the Psychologically Informed Consultation Service (PICS) Offender Personality Disorder Pathway Team for a competent, confident and enthusiastic Applied (Clinical or Forensic) Psychologist to join our experienced team.

The Durham and Teesside Psychologically Informed Consultation Service (PICS) is part of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway, a joint national initiative between Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and NHS England that spans across community, Prison and Probation settings.

The four aims of the pathway are:-
  • A reduction in repeat serious sexual and/or violent offending (men) or a reduction in repeat offending of relevant offences for female offenders (women).
  • To improve psychological health, wellbeing, prosocial behaviour and relational outcomes
  • To improve the competence, confidence and attitude of staff working with complex offenders who are likely to have personality disorder
  • To increase the efficiency, cost effectiveness, and quality of OPD pathway services

The PICS team consists of three applied psychologists, and one Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

Main duties of the job

The main duties and core role of this post involve providing consultations and formulations to help Probation Practitioners to work with service users with problematic ways of coping or relating to others.

You would be working alongside other psychologists and the ANP, with excellent opportunities for peer support and learning, as well as being expected to access clinical and professional supervision through the well-defined systems we have in place. The post will offer varied opportunities for training and development, with CPD needs being identified and monitored through appraisal. As the Band 8a practitioner within the PICS team, you will also be expected to assist the clinical team lead by taking on agreed managerial responsibilities in the day to day running of the team, and in that person's absence.

All qualified applied (Clinical and Forensic) psychologists are invited to apply. Ideally we would be looking for a candidate who can demonstrate an interest in working with people with a forensic background, personality disorder, and other complex clinical presentations.

About us

We offer a wide range of professional development opportunities and training and encourage individuals to further develop their own clinical skills and experience. We also have a large research agenda within the Forensic Service and encourage individuals to pursue this.

We place a strong emphasis on professional and clinical supervision in order to support and develop individuals as part of our commitment in delivering the highest quality clinical service.

Why choose TEWV?

Our Agenda for Change staff have access to amazing staff benefits including:
  • Free access to therapy and coaching which can be accessed in work time.
  • Free car parking across our sites, saving you more than �300 per year compared to neighbouring Trusts.
  • Access to the coveted NHS pension scheme.
  • Continuing professional development opportunities including paid-for training.
  • Career break scheme.
  • Generous annual leave with the option to purchase more.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information about this post.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Trained in care co-ordination
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Qualification to provide clinical supervision within the psychological therapy



  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.


  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies

Knowledge / Skills


  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people


  • Experience of delivering and interpreting psychometrics / neuropsychological assessments e.g. WISC

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Primrose Service, HMP Low Newton

Finchale Avenue



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