Highly Specialist Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Bluebird House, Tatchbury Mount, Calmore, Southampton
£47,126 to £53,219 pa
Closing date
15 Jul 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a qualified, or soon to be qualified, Clinical or Forensic Psychologist interested in working a trauma-informed/attachment-focussed way? Do you want to work in a CAMHS service without waiting list pressures or duty assessments? Have you ever thought about or are interested in working in a national specialist forensic adolescent inpatient service?

Are you interested in a development post that will support you to consolidate and grow your clinical and leadership skills into an 8a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist?

Or are you an experienced Forensic or Clinical Psychologist who wants to step directly into an 8a post?

Then we would love to talk to you.

Bluebird House runs a well-established Psychologically-informed Model of Care, based on attachment and trauma informed approaches and would especially suit an applicant with skills and/or enthusiasm in these field. The post offers an exciting opportunity to provide high quality psychological input to young people and their families and carers to help understand, prevent and ameliorate psychological distress, and related risk. The role includes a combination of direct clinical work and work with staff teams through teaching, consultation, reflective practice and supervision.

You will be part of the Psychological Therapies Team which includes an onsite 8b Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapists, and Creative Therapists, so there is plenty of support available.

Bluebird House is a purpose built secure psychiatric hospital for young people in the country providing a 20 bedded Secure Forensic Mental Health Service for young people aged 12 to 18. The unit has three wards with a maximum of seven patients per ward. The unit also consists of a separate but linked Learning and Therapies Centre, a fully equipped gymnasium and fitness suite, several outdoor areas, a relaxation room, and a faith room. Typical presenting mental health difficulties of young people admitted to the unit may include mental illnesses (e.g., psychosis, affective disorders), developmental disorders including autism spectrum condition, complex post-traumatic presentations, affective and emotional instabilities, and attachment disorders.

Bluebird House is set on the edge of the New Forest in a tranquil rural setting, but within a few miles of the city of Southampton which provides excellent transport links.

Close links exist with the Doctoral Training Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton and so opportunities to become involved in the facilitation of external teaching and to supervise Trainee Clinical Psychologists, are available. An active engagement with continuing professional development and research activities to support audit, policy and service development is also encouraged. Clinical, operational and professional supervision is provided by the Principal Clinical Psychologist for the service.

The successful candidate will join a large psychology department covering both inpatient and community care, for adolescent low secure and general adolescent inpatient services and adult forensic services. We have good links with other national units within the Secure Forensic Mental Health Service for Young People.

Informal enquiries are welcome and visits to the unit are encouraged. Please contact Dr. Howard Greensmith, Principal Clinical Psychologist on 02380 874578 or Dr Jackie Preston, Divisional Lead Psychological Therapies on 02380 874575.

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