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Clinical Lead

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum (pro-rata for part time)
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Part Time
We are seeking an experienced clinical / forensic psychologist to lead our Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) and Liaison & Diversion Service for a year. This is a senior clinical role within the team and the post holder will provide structured psychological consultation and supervision with members of the MDT to contribute to well developed psychologically informed care and risk management plans for service users. The post holder will be well supported by an experienced service manager and lead psychologist.

The Nottinghamshire Low Secure and Community Forensic Care Unit (LCFSCU) is responsible for inpatients and community patients with a diagnosis of a Mental Illness and/or Personality Disorder and learning disabilities. The LSCFCU consists of a low secure service and several specialist community services, including a community mental health service, a community forensic IDD service, Liaison and Diversion service , Reconnect service, Mental Health Treatment Requirement service, (MHTR), Assertive Transitions and MBT / personality disorder services.

This role will be to work across the L& D and MHTR service. The LSCFCU psychology & psychotherapy department consists of 12 team members, each providing a key service to patients and non-psychologist colleagues across the services. It is a supportive team and line management is provided by the lead psychologist. There will be opportunities to support and collaborate with other senior psychologists across the care unit.

Main duties of the job

To hold a small caseload of complex clients. To participate as required in recruitment, line-management, professional appraisal, and the identification of CPD needs for designated psychology and multi-disciplinary staff working in the L& D and MHTR teams. To contribute to audit, policy and service development and research activities and/or programmes as required by the service. To propose and assist in implementing policy and service development changes. To bring psychological expertise to resolving complex clinical and operational issues faced by the service/team.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see associated documents such as job description and employee specification for further detail.

The clinical lead will be responsible for the systematic provision of high quality psychological assessment, intervention, and risk management for service users under the care of the LSCFD Liaison and Diversion and Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) services. In particular, the appointed person will take a lead role in planning, developing and implementing the new primary care MHTR pathway being developed in Nottinghamshire. This is an exciting opportunity to develop an inclusive, psychologically led service providing psychosocial interventions as part of court ordered community sentences.

To provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service, 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, family members and others involved in the clients care.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals/carers/families and/or groups employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To make highly skilled evaluations and 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.

To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for the psychological treatment of and discharge of service users whose problems are managed as a psychologically based care plan, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the care on a regular basis.

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance, and consultation to other professionals, contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan in an appropriate specialist area. To promote and raise awareness of the service to professionals from other agencies

To ensure that all members of the clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological knowledge, research and theory in an appropriate specialist area.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual service users and to provide both general and specialist advice for the MDT, psychologists and other professionals (eg: probation staff) on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of service users under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

To provide consultation about the psychological care of the service user group to staff and agencies outside the Directorate and Trust in an appropriate specialist area.

To represent the Nottinghamshire Low Secure and Community Forensic Directorate and Psychology on Trust wide and other committees and groups, as agreed with the Lead Psychologist and with a clear brief.

To develop networks and contacts to update the policy and practice of forensic and clinical psychology, particularly as applied to Liaison and Diversion and Mental Health Treatment Requirement services, to support professional and service development.

To undertake clinical and professional supervision of qualified and unqualified psychological services staff working within the L& D, MHTR on an ongoing basis and line management to MHTR staff.

To provide expertise and advice to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team.

To provide specialist clinical placements for trainee clinical psychologists and/or other trainee professionals from psychological services where appropriate. To ensure that they acquire the necessary clinical and/or research skills to doctoral level where appropriate, and achieve competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good psychological practice. To contribute to the assessment and evaluation of those competencies

To provide specialist advice, consultation and training and (where agreed locally) clinical supervision to other members of the teams and other professionals involved with the work of the teams, for their provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve service user functioning.

To provide pre and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychologists and/or other professionals as appropriate.

To continue to develop expertise in the area of professional pre and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.

Person Specification



  • An honours degree in Psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Doctorate or MSc in Clinical, Forensic or Counselling Psychology as accredited by the BPS, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Currently registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council as a Practitioner Psychologist - Clinical, Forensic or Counselling
  • Post-doctoral qualification in clinical supervision to doctoral psychology trainees and can demonstrate competence in supervision of MDT staff and professional psychology trainees.



  • Post-doctoral training in specific therapeutic approaches oPost-doctoral training in risk assessment and management



  • Substantial experience of working effectively in multidisciplinary settings to devise specialist care programmes. Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment.
  • Substantial experience of working intensively with people who present challenges in the complexity of their problems and needs, for example sexual and violent offending and self-harming and suicidal behaviours.
  • Experience of teaching, training and providing professional / clinical supervision to others (including qualified psychologists and other professionals, including presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Experience of working in a clinical leadership position


  • Experience of line management
  • Experience of service-relevant research



  • Specialist knowledge of models of assessment, management and treatment to patients of the LS& CF Directorate, who present with anxiety and depressive disorders, severe and enduring mental illness, complex trauma including Personality Disorder, and intellectual and developmental difficulties (IDD) and substance misuse.
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation relating to mentally disordered offenders in the criminal justice system.


  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant governance structures and reporting responsibilities



  • High level of ability to plan and organise clinical service provision to meet service demands, and to maintain high quality professional practice.

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Physical Requirements


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