Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
25 Sep 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Psychologist with a passion for working with offenders who are traditionally marginalised by both society and pre-existing health and social care services.

A secondment will be considered for internal applicants.

A relocation package is available for applicants needing to move into the area.

The post holder will be working within the emerging Enhanced Reconnect (ER) service as part of a dynamic and supportive multi-disciplinary team, which sits within a wider Team Around the Individual (comprised of health and social care, probation, police, and third sector staff).

ER in the southwest covers Cornwall to Gloucestershire, and is dedicated to providing a psychology-led service by supporting individuals 6 months pre-release from prison, and up to 12 months post-release. ER aims to support the reintegration of individuals back into community, family, social, education, and work situations via a trauma-informed, formulation-driven, and person-centred approach.

At present, the funding for the service lasts until March 2025. We are one of four pilot sites being rolled out across England, with a view to expand geographically in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.

The team offers hybrid working, with bases in both Exeter and Bristol. Bespoke training will be offered to the ER team, which includes, but is not limited to, a range of therapeutic modalities, neurodiversity, and access to the Southwest Leadership Academy.

Main duties of the job

The role will involve:

To lead on the continuing development of the service alongside the service manager and the Clinical psychologist for the directorate.

To lead on and participate where appropriate to a therapeutic programme that would involve both 1:1 and group work.

To provide and preserve a culture of safe working practice and communication through a structured staff supervision model including line management, clinical supervision and professional leadership.

Hold a small caseload where you will deliver individual and or group interventions as required.

To provide consultation, advice and clinical supervision to other agencies including Band 7 Mental Health Practitioners within the team.

Overseeing clients intervention, care plans and risk management plans to ensure high quality and effective service is being delivered.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification in the supporting documents section for more information about this Band 8a role.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Skills


  • Broad knowledge of mental health services.
  • Extensive knowledge of the evidence base, skills and practice of Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychology.
  • Skills in applying complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management


  • Knowledge of the policy context of services to DPT and of leadership in this setting.
  • Strong leadership qualities, resilience and ability to handle ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • Highly skilled in specialist interventions with the client group.
  • Advanced psychological assessment and formulation skills including risk assessment.



  • Qualified Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist and registration as a Practitioner Psychologist Status with the HCPC.


  • Further training in forensic psychology or specialist area relevant to forensic settings
  • Further training in one or more psychological therapies, e.g. CBT, EMDR, CAT, Schema.
  • Supervision Training
  • Management / Leadership training



  • Experience of work in a range of service settings or agencies.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision of psychologists. Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.


  • Experience working in forensic services and of the services in the NHS where clinical psychology is commonly applied.
  • Experience in undertaking leadership roles within clinical psychology services in the NHS, and in contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and clinical policies in multi-disciplinary, multi-agency contexts.
  • Experience of providing a range of assessments, formulation and therapies to address forensic as well as mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of leadership and proven outcomes in service development.
  • Innovation and creative development and implementation of evidence based therapies.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Enhanced Reconnect

Barnfield Road




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