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Highly Specialist Psychologist or Psychological Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum inc. Inner HCAS pro rata
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity to take on and job share a leadership role within a service with a national reputation for quality and innovation. London Pathways Partnership (LPP) is a consortium of five London NHS Trusts co-delivering services under the national Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway programme in partnership with colleagues in the Probation Service London (PSL) and HM Probation and Prison Service (HMPPS). LPP provides community OPD Pathway services across the PSL, as well as in prisons within and outside London. The LPP staff group, mainly comprising psychological therapists and clinical practitioners, is among the most experienced teams nationally working with men and women who have serious offence histories that are linked to their personality difficulties.

Please note any candidate wishing to apply for this post will be subject to HMPPS enhanced vetting clearance

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be responsible for leading the Integrated Community Pathways Service (ICPS) in North West London, working closely with the North London ICPS Clinical Lead and PSL partners to provide consultation, training and psycho-social and psychological interventions to the high risk personality disordered service users of probation.

This role provides clinical & managerial leadership to Community LPP staff, and liaising with colleagues in partner agencies, across North West London for liaising with management in the Probation Service London, MAPPA and other health/criminal justice/third sector agencies as required and for ensuring the delivery of high-quality services meeting performance, quality and governance standards.

About us

The provision of the pathway in the North West Quadrant of LPP is a partnership between BEH and CNWL NHS trusts. The service covers Camden and Islington, Barnet, Brent, Enfield, Ealing Harrow & Hillingdon and Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster. The team base is in St John Street Probation office.

In the Health & Justice directorate of CNWL we employ a range of psychologists and psychological therapists with clinical, counselling and forensic trainings and you will be joining a directorate with over 50 psychologists who come together for professional and clinical development and supervision. Psychologists in Health & Justice work within the mental health services in eleven sites, across prisons and secure hospitals, with children and adults, men and women and across the range of security categories. Psychologists also lead five specialist Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) services and the Sexual Behaviour Service in the youth estate.

We actively support professional development and continuous professional development is integrated into all our job plans.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are seeking an enthusiastic and compassionate clinician who is familiar with the OPD Pathway and its services, has expertise in formulation based interventions and management and who has substantial experience of working with people with significant personality difficulties that are linked to their offending, including in a community setting.

You will be joining a colleague who also works 3 days a week to job share this fixed term role as maternity cover for the North West Team. The role can be offered as a secondment and is also being advertised by BEH.

Please see Job Description for detailed description of the the role.

Person Specification

Training & Qualification


  • Doctoral level training in clinical/forensic psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developments as accredited by the BPS. Registration with the Health Professions Council as a Clinical/Forensic Psychologist.
  • Or Relevant clinical qualification within health or social care professions In addition to accreditation and registration with the relevant clinical body
  • Or Registration with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC) (e.g. Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) - accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration.
  • Completion of further post-doctoral/post-qualification specialist training including training in clinical supervision
  • Accredited training in structured professional judgement approaches to risk assessment (including but not limited to the HCR20
  • Trained in an evidence-based treatment for personality disorder


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Accredited therapist in evidence-based treatment for personality disorder



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, risk management and treatment of high risk high harm service users with significant personality difficulties across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, and inpatient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Significant experience of inter-agency working with forensic mental health, probation and/or prison services, including consultation to these services
  • Experience of developing and delivering training
  • Significant management and supervision experience


  • Experience of the application of clinical/forensic psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of supervising psychologically informed approaches including formulation, specialist psychological assessments and treatment
  • Experience of recruitment, selection and retention processes
  • Experience of developing new services

Knowlege & Skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention
  • Understanding of specialist psychological treatment for personality disorder
  • Understanding and experience of formulation for complex high risk service users with significant personality difficulties
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS, HCPC or equivalent regulatory body relevant to your profession
  • Report writing and presentation skills & Competent in Microsoft Office packages


  • Ability to lead on all category SUI reviews for the locality

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


London Probation Service

401, St John Street



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