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Principal Clinical/Forensic Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
Orchard Unit
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum plus HCA
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are offering a Golden Hello (10% of salary) for those in post for 2 years and a relocation package of up to £8,000

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced Clinical or Forensic Psychologist, who is passionate about working with women who require secure care, to join the Women's Forensic Service within the West London Specialist and Forensic Service. This is a part time 8B post (0.8wte) based on the Enhanced Medium Secure wards in The Orchard Unit but we would welcome discussion with individuals who are looking for a full-time role. A relocation package is also available for qualifying individuals.

West London NHS Trust provides a broad range of forensic mental health care in adult male, female and adolescent services, across high, medium and low security settings, as well as in a community and court diversion setting. The trust provides specialist forensic mental health care across eight boroughs in North West London, in addition to national enhanced medium and high secure services.

The Orchard Unit is a purpose built women-only medium secure unit, where the emphasis is on relational security. It provides a twenty bedded national Women's Enhanced Medium Secure Service (WEMSS) and twenty-five medium secure (MS) and fifteen low secure (LS) beds for patients from North West London. You will work within the Enhanced Medium secure wards with a warm, supportive and experienced Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Main duties of the job

Working within the Women's Service will provide you with the opportunity to work within the country's largest NHS provider of female medium and low secure services with women with diagnoses of personality disorders and/or mental illness who have a history of either offending or high risk behaviours. Alongside a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, you will be responsible for providing a high quality psychology service to two ten-bedded enhanced medium secure wards.

Asa core member of the MDT, you will be responsible for developing andimplementing psychologically informed treatments for a very diverse group of female service users who present with enduring mental disorders (both mental illness and personality disorder) and serious forensic histories and extremely complex needs. As such you'll be able to utilise varied skills in assessment, formulation and group and individual evidence-based intervention tailored to meet the challenging needs of the inpatient client group. You will also be responsible for developing and implementing group based interventions for the Women's Forensic Service.

As well as direct clinical work, the role will involve staff supervision, consultation and training, service development and audit, and collaborative working within the psychological therapies department and with MDT colleagues. There are also opportunities for research within WLFS.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK. It provides a broad range of forensic mental health care in adult male and female services, across high, medium and low security settings, as well as in a community and court diversion setting. West London Forensic Service was recently rated as outstanding by the CQC.

Psychology plays a valued and integral role within West London Forensic Service. We are committed to providing high quality, evidence based interventions within a recovery framework. The psychological therapies department, which comprises a team of over thirty psychologists and psychological therapists, is well-established and supportive with high standards of clinical supervision and excellent opportunities for continuing professional development.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves,particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will hold a doctorate in clinical, counselling or forensic psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) or forensic psychology equivalent, as accredited by the BPS. You will be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

You will have experience of working as a qualified psychologist in a forensicclinical setting or equivalent, providing specialist psychological assessments (including risk assessment and management), individual and group therapies, and psychological advice and consultation to others involved in service user care.

You will also have experience of administering, scoring and interpreting formal personality tools and/or neuropsychological assessments. Experience of teaching, training and supervising others is essential.

You will share our Trust values of Togetherness, Responsibility, Excellence and Caring.

**Please referee to the attached Job Description and Personal Specification**

For further information, please contact Dr Julia OConnor, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychological Services on

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical / forensic psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Completion of further post-doctoral post-qualification specialist training including training in supervision of trainee clinical / forensic psychologists
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Other related academic qualifications
Experience Essential
  • Substantial post-doctoral qualified experience with the client group of the post or a related client group.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience and/or formal training in the supervision of trainee and qualified clinical / forensic psychologists.
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy groups
  • Experience of working clinically with female service users in secure settings
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of administration, scoring and written interpretation of formal personality tools and/or neuropsychological assessments
Knowledge Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Able to make judgements involving complex facts or situations, which require the evaluation of a range of options (e.g. the assessment of specialist clinical conditions and the determination of treatment options)
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own patient caseload, treatment programmes involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group, mental health and child protection.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Experience of training multi-disciplinary staff
  • Experience of consultation and/or supervision within a multi-agency context
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
  • Specialist knowledge of the assessment and treatment of trauma.
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of personality disorder and mental illness.
Skills Essential
  • Able to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where there are significant barriers to acceptance which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills such as would be required when communicating in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere
  • Able to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the evaluation of a range of options (e.g. the assessment of specialist clinical conditions and the determination of treatment options), Where expert opinions may differ
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own service user caseload, treatment programmes (individual or group) involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity
  • Keyboard skills
  • Able to maintain intense concentration frequently and for prolonged periods with unpredictable patients (e.g. in the assessment and treatment of mentally disordered offender patients)
  • Able to function in potentially traumatic circumstances and in highly emotionally distressing circumstances on a frequent basis (e.g. in dealing with patients with serious mental illness, histories of homicide and serious violence, self-harm, sexual abuse)
  • Able to provide services in environments with patients who are disturbed and sometimes violent and where the awareness of the risk of assault must always be maintained
  • Able to hold the stress of patients compulsorily detained in a secure hospital
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Able to respond adaptably to rapidly changing service demands
  • Knowledge of SPSS

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