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Psychologist / Psychotherapist / Arts, Family & Systemic Therapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum Incl. of HCAs
Closing date
26 Nov 2023
An exciting opportunity to join the psychology & psychotherapy forensic mental health team at River House, Medium Secure Unit, Bethlem Royal Hospital. We have an upcoming 12-month maternity cover for a Band 7 post, (full or part time) based on a male rehabilitation ward at River House.

The inpatient provision is part of the South London & Maudsley Forensic & Offender Health Pathway within the Behavioural & Developmental Psychiatry Operational Directorate.

The male wards include two admission wards and two wards for service users who have achieved some stability and are making greater use of therapeutic and recovery-oriented activities. Each ward has a multi-professional team that includes dedicated qualified and assistant psychology. The postholder will be aligned for direct clinical service provision to one rehabilitation ward and will join a forensic clinical psychology & psychotherapy team that provides inpatient and community services.

The male medium secure inpatient provision at River House is an integral part of the South London Partnership (SLP) acute pathway and rehabilitation pathways. There are close links with low secure provision and community forensic mental health teams, as well as other mental health services, prisons and criminal justice agencies.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will work with the Brook Ward clinical team to deliver ward-based clinical assessments and interventions, while contributing to the wider forensic psychology & psychological therapies programme across the inpatient secure services. This includes delivery of individual and group psychological therapies in the treatment of psychological distress and reductions in risk.

The postholder will join a team of clinical and forensic psychologists, assistant psychologists, and therapists, who work closely with the ward multi-professional teams, under the leadership of an MSU inpatient lead psychologist. This post is open to candidates keen to explore the application of psychological practice to forensic settings, including newly qualified practitioners.

About us

Bethlem Royal Hospital

Bethlem Royal Hospital is based in a beautiful setting in over 200 acres of green space in the London Borough of Bromley, South East London. The hospital has easy access to nearby main roads and free parking. The site is within walking distance from of Eden Park and West Wickham overground stations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The postholder will have a strong commitment to recovery-orientated inpatient practice with forensic mental health clients generally, and a specific interest in working with men in secure care.

To provide a specialist psychological service to Brook Ward, Medium Secure Service, including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation, and monitoring of outcomes.

To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.

To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate.

To work as an autonomous professional within BPS / HCPC / APC / BPC / UKCP / BACP / BABCP / ADMP-UK guidelines and codes of conduct and guided by the policies and procedures of the service, taking responsibility for own work, with support of clinical supervisor.

Person Specification



  • Entry-level qualification in applied psychological therapy/mental health/social welfare profession and demonstrable practice in this field (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level/supervised practice/additional training) that has been accepted for the purposes of professional registration.
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by a registered body and/or an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC OR registered with the professional body appropriate to professional training and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the registering body


  • Qualification or accreditation in a specialist assessment and / or intervention with mentally disordered offender population



  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of client needs.
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in a men's secure care service.
  • Experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience.
  • Experience of developing and carrying out research and / or service evaluation projects.


  • Experience of being involved in recruitment
  • Experience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects.



  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions for the mentally disordered population
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment of clients with mental disorder and challenging behaviour
  • Knowledge of psychological assessment, risk assessments and clinical psychometrics
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for mental disordered offender population particularly where there is high risk to the public.



  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information.
  • To plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and for meetings such as CPA and case reviews.
  • To plan allocation of tasks to assistant psychologists / trainees.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour.


  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
  • To be skilled in the delivery of evidence-based psychological therapy across cultural and other differences to address the needs of men with offending behaviour needs.
  • To be skilled in the selection and administration of specialist psychological assessments for the needs of men in secure care, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources.

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Bethlem Royal Hospital



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