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Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2023
The post holder will work across the Forensic Community Service (FCS) at Guild Park. The role will have two key aspects to it. The first will require joint working with other key stakeholders including Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) and inpatient services within LSCFT's Adult Mental Health Network in managing high risk and complexity of need. The role of psychologist will be to consult with the referrer in order to work towards building comprehensive risk formulations with which to guide recommendations to the referring team, and to provide psychologically informed guidance to other team practitioners that are from Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work disciplines.

Main duties of the job

The second aspect of the role will be to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team whose task is to ensure safe and lasting transitions for service users moving on from secure inpatient care into the community. The team psychologist will be expected to provide risk formulation based psychological advice to the team, implement direct psychological intervention to some service users managed by the team, and provide formal consultation and reflective space to the other practitioners. The role requires the ability to work with clients who present with the full range of clinical needs and risk behaviours, and the ability to engage with, and respond to, highly complex clinical, professional and ethical challenges, and demands on clinicians and services. There will be opportunities to use audit and evaluation to inform and develop practice and service provision. As part of the wider Psychological Services Team, the post holder will be expected to develop expertise in all aspects of forensic/clinical practice across the different services within Guild Park.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate doctoral level clinical/forensic/counselling psychology training and/or the equivalent training for those trained prior to 1996.
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of the BPS and HCPC Registration.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development consistent with professional and HCPC requirements.



  • Knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods and techniques of psychological assessment and intervention, including: risk assessment models and approaches ability to utilise and interpret neuropsychological assessment tools and approaches.
  • Ability to work independently, on own initiative and as part of complex teams and services, and to organise and prioritise own workload within competing demands and short deadlines.
  • Highly developed skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.



  • Experience of working as a clinical/forensic/counselling psychologist with clients with complex and enduring mental health and risk needs.
  • Experience of providing a range of psychological assessments and interventions and adapting these to meet clients' presenting needs/communication abilities as required.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and leadership regarding psychological interventions and casework.



  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge and ability to work to professional guidelines.
  • Ability to effectively respond to, and cope with, complex client, team and system dynamics, including where this may involve exposure to frequent and prolonged emotional and psychological stress and distress, and verbal and physical aggression.



  • Commitment and ability to promote clients' rights and working in inclusive ways with service users.
  • Commitment to utilising supervision and to engaging in independent reflective practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


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