Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Bulwell, Notts
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

View more

Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.
Hello, my name is Dr Ian Watkiss and I am the Head of IDD Psychology in the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Our team prides itself on the excellent psychological care we provide, supporting our service users that live in the Nottinghamshire Trust area, especially over the past 18 months during the pandemic.

In addition, I am personally devoted our team's health and welfare and to all our colleagues. This has again never been more essential than over the past 18 months. I can honestly say that this is the most dedicated, compassionate team I have ever worked with and I would love for you to come and work with us in these new roles and be part of developing the service to even greater heights.

I represent part of a welcoming psychology team who are part of 2,800 dedicated staff who provide vital and integral healthcare services for our patients and service users in a variety of settings, ranging from community through to acute wards, covering this vast geographical area.

We have exciting opportunities across different specialities and services, with an emphasis on career development and progression. We want to help our staff reach their full potential, and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to succeed.

Main duties of the job

The IDD service provides specialist care for those aged over 18 with intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental conditions, focusing on those whose needs cannot be met by a mainstream provision. We work to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of our service users, providing treatment and support on less complex needs, those with the most severe and complex needs and everything else in between.

Within the IDD Service, we take a professional approach to meeting individual needs and ensuring that people receive the support they require to live a fulfilling life within their local community. Assessment and treatment is delivered by our Community Learning Disability Teams across Nottinghamshire. Where there has been an increase in risk or deterioration and the mental health issues cannot be managed in the community, then assessment and treatment is delivered in our ICATT team or inpatient units.
About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

Do you want to make a difference?
Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career.

Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NottsHealthcare

Job description
Job responsibilities
Clinical Psychologist

1.9 WTE available in total, part time or full time applications considered

The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Clinical Psychology Service employs 13 psychologists on a number of City and County sites. We work in Intellectual Disability Community Teams, Intensive Community Assessment and Treatment teams (ICATT) and inpatient teams, as well as the Adult Neurodevelopmental Service including the Nottingham Autism Service. We enjoy strong relationships with local clinical psychology training courses and host trainees on a regular basis.

We aim to provide a compassionate, respectful, personalised, dynamic, and evolving clinical psychology service. Our primary function is to contribute psychological understandings to all the teams and services we work with, using psychological theories and evidence to deepen and broaden existing understandings of the people involved. We work in partnership with our multidisciplinary colleagues, and with service users and their carers, to maximise wellbeing and quality of life. We draw flexibly on a broad range of models and types of intervention. Among other specialist approaches we offer two family and systems clinics.

You will provide psychology input within one or more community teams, including specialist assessment and treatment, consultation, training and supervision. You will contribute to service evaluation and research.

You must be a qualified and registered clinical psychologist, with experience of working in the field of intellectual disability and/or related areas. You must have excellent writing skills. An interest in family therapy/systemic practice will be an advantage. Applications from trainees who are about to qualify will be considered, with appointment at Band 7 and a personal development plan to meet the criteria for Band 8a.

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010

Person Specification
  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post; however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010

  • Of working psychologically with people who have a range of cognitive and sensory impairments, and of interventions with individuals and care systems.
  • Service evaluation

  • Publication in peer-reviewed research journals.

  • Formulation of sources of psychological distress in adults with disabilities; therapeutic interventions; presentation skills
  • Excellent written English
  • Communication of complex and sometimes distressing information to a wide range of audiences
  • Able to engage constructively with people who are highly anxious, depressed or hostile.
  • Ability to work positively and constructively in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Consultation skills
  • Ability to reflect on practice and on ethics
  • Effective skills in word-processing and other clinically-relevant computer software
  • Use of psychometric test equipment

  • Supervision and motivation of staff
  • Teaching and training skills

Qualifications and Training
  • DClinPsy or equivalent
  • Registered by the HCPC as a clinical psychologist
  • Eligible for Chartered Psychologist status

  • Further training in relevant specific assessment methods and/or therapeutic interventions.

  • Broad understanding of theories and interventions relevant to adults with ID, their families and support systems
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology

  • Critical awareness of current themes in LD policy and research
  • Specific additional interventions/assessments/models

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

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

Create alert