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Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Salary is dependant on experience
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
The post holder will be the designated Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist (0.5 F/T) for the Mental Health Treatment Requirements (MHTR) Team within NHFT.

The post will involve being the Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist for the MHTR within the county, one of 5 national pilot sites. The MHTRs sit alongside Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR) and Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR) under the umbrella of 'Community Sentence Treatment Requirements' (CSTR) and provides a mechanism to ensure that certain offenders with mental health problems who are given a Community Order are able to access appropriate treatment.

The post holder will offer psychological assessment, therapy and hold a client caseload within the MHTR. The caseload will be of individuals that present with mental health complexities. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a keen interest in working with people with complex mental health needs and forensic histories as part of a multidisciplinary team, consulting on and promoting psychological informed approaches to understanding and working positively with this population.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a psychologist who possesses good, qualified specialist knowledge of complex mental health problems whilst having an awareness of risk to self and others. The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines (HCPC, BPS) and the overall framework of the Trusts policies and procedures. You will also be expected to support the senior management team in the clinical leadership of healthcare around anything that pertains to mental health, supervision, clinical responsibilities, audit, policy or service development and research. Lastly, the post holder is expected to liaise with other stakeholders within the court, criminal justice agencies, and individual cases through regular meetings.

On a day to day basis, provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources, therapy, risk assessments, self-report measures, rating scales, multidisciplinary meetings with probation staff and service users, liaise with other professionals involved with the client. There will be a specific focus on complex presentations and trauma.

You will receive regular clinical professional supervision from a Principal Clinical Psychologist.

About us

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital settings and out in the community. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. This means many of our services can be provided at home, work or in schools. We also provide health services to various prisons and detention centres in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification



  • Has previous experience of working directly with service users as a qualified Psychologist
  • Has supervised multiple assistants previously
  • Has held a large caseload previously


  • Has worked with offenders
  • Has experience of using compassion focused therapy



  • Has relevant qualification for this role


  • Forensic experience

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Newland House

Campbell Square



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