Practitioner Psychologist - Clinical/Forensic/Counselling

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023
This is an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced Practitioner Psychologist to work across two settings within our Trust.

Harvest Ward is a dynamic, compassionate nurse led service. It aims to support those service users of the trust in their most serious crises in a low stimulus, positive, enabling and emotionally containing environment.

The unit is led by an aspirational team and supported by an operational management team committed to getting the best outcomes for service users. The ward culture is compassionate, open and flexible in the face of diverse challenges. We hope to attract a Psychologist who is keen to work with people experiencing psychotic and mood disorders in intensive and distressing ways, being an active part of a ward team enabling people to manage themselves and carry over their progress to more open, less structured settings.

The Next Steps Service is a consortium of different Mental Health providers from both statutory and non-statutory settings. The team aims to engage people in entrenched homelessness and work with them and the wider system to reduce the impact of homelessness on mental health, as well as reducing the impact of mental health difficulties on people's ability to obtain or maintain accommodation. The successful applicant will supervise a Psychological Assistant in delivering assessments and interventions for a wide range of clients in a range of settings.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention service to inpatient. Offer advice and consultation on psychological care and treatment
  • Contribute to the development of clinical pathways and utilise research skills to monitor, audit, and suggest further developments for the service
  • Take a leading role in reducing restrictive interventions and developing a trauma informed approach in each service are
  • Take a leading role in the development of a psychological formulation-led approach to understanding the service user, establishing a shared understanding within the MDT of a service user's presentation, clear goals for their care episode and care progression
  • Lead on the provision of regular reflective practice sessions with staff
  • Provide consultation and advice to colleagues, particularly around assessment, formulation, risk assessment and management of clients
  • Provide suitable training and on-going supervision to staff of other professions and services
  • Participate in inpatient service developments, including undertaking relevant training and supervision, as appropriate and in consultation with the Lead Psychologists
  • Undertake appropriate audit, research and provide research advice to other staff. To also maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health
  • Carry an autonomous specialist caseload of service users, and provide clinical supervision

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (as approved by HCPC/BPS) Or Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (as approved by HCPC/BPS). Or Doctorate in Forensic Psychology / BPS doctoral-level Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2) (as approved by HCPC/BPS) Or Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (Postgraduate doctoral level training in Clinical/Counselling Psychology or its equivalent for those trained before 1996 or outside the UK), as approved by the HCPC including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice, including training in supervision skills.
  • Relevant prior experience of working as a qualified practitioner psychologist in adult mental health or an associated client group where the experience gained is relevant and transferable.



  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to analyse highly complex information in which expert opinion may differ to allow the formulation of an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Skills in the ability to organise on-going and complex activities including managing own caseload and those of others and waiting lists.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Bodmin Police Hub / Harvest Ward, Bodmin Hospital

Boundary Road


PL31 2QT

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert