Clinical Forensic Counselling Psychologist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year gross per annum
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Are you an experienced Clinical Psychologist looking for an opportunity to shape and develop a service? Or perhaps you're soon to be newly qualified looking for your first role in a growing and supportive team?

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Psychologist to join our Community Forensic Team based in Suffolk. We're a flexible team and can offer a substantive post with full or part time hours, to work around your commitments. Your base will be at Cedar House in Ipswich, but we encourage as much community-based working as possible, with the opportunity to work remotely too if needed.

Our collaborative team provides recovery-focussed community care for offenders who have been, or are being, discharged from a secure unit and are now living in the community.

You will be joining a well-established, large team of psychologists and a service which has consistently been rated 'Good' by the CQC and that aspires to achieve 'outstanding' next. Our psychologists come from a range of different therapeutic backgrounds including clinical, counselling and forensics.

We're passionate about development and you will be supported and encouraged to undertake additional training. If you're newly qualified, you will commence a preceptorship and will be supported throughout your early career. If you're an experienced psychologist, there will be the opportunity to undertake specialist training, as well as leadership and more.

Main duties of the job

Our absolute priority is to find a psychologist who is committed to multidisciplinary working and who will share ideas and support colleagues in developing their psychological knowledge and skills and their skills in formulation and reflective practice in addition to delivering a psychological assessment and treatment service to a caseload of Community Forensic Team service users across Suffolk.

This post offers the satisfying opportunity for long-term therapeutic work with complex service users and will support the development of the Community Forensic Service we offer across the region. We offer a range of specialist therapists including EMDR, DBT, Schema Therapy in addition to CBT.

When you join our service, you will have a thorough induction and will be supported by the wider MDT. Supervision arrangements will be in place, with specialist supervisions also available. We have an established programme of supportive team meetings, journal clubs, peer supervision and research interest groups to name a few. We're always supportive of research and development opportunities and you'll have the chance to get involved in a variety of initiatives and truly shape our service.

The ideal candidate will be organised, approachable and an excellent communicator. You will ideally have experience working with a range of complex and challenging behaviours and will have skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us? We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk? The people here are warm and welcoming, you'll never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park. We're an hour and a half away from London and have an international airport in Norwich too. Our villages, towns and cities are packed full of history, independent cafes, shops and theatres. We have excellent shopping, eating out, top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The post-holder would be part of the wider NSFT Secure Services Psychology Team and would receive professional and governance support from the team. The post will be based in Suffolk at Cedar House on Ribbans Park Road, Ipswich and the successful applicant will be expected to travel to meet with service users depending upon need.

Were able to offer this post as a preceptorship, progression post for newly qualified candidates and are also keen to speak to experienced psychologists too.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Person Specification
  • Supervisor training, to be a supervisor of doctoral programme clinical psychology trainees or willing to undertake training
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Training/qualification in additional relevant therapeutic model e.g. schema/CAT/CBT for psychosis
  • Theory and practice of specialised psychological interventions (assessment and / or therapist
  • Evidence of CPD in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Experience working as a qualified clinical psychologist (Band 7) and able to evidence appropriate knowledge and experience in practice to enable the post holder to clinically supervise trainee clinical psychologist
  • Experience of working with a range of complex and challenging behaviours and exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological treatment.

  • Experience in use of specific relevant risk assessments e.g. HCR-20, RSVP, SAM
  • Experience of representing psychology within MDT setting (clinical and organisational contexts).

  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Able to effectively communicate technical and clinically sensitive information to service users, families, carers and other professionals, within and outside NHS.
  • Skills in consultation to professional and non - professional groups.

  • Able to identify, provide and promote appropriate support strategies to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to travel

  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of providing specific support intervention and strategy for staff.

  • Knowledge of mental health legislation within specialist clinical context

  • Well-developed knowledge of theory and practice of specialised psychological intervention and assessment in specialist clinical settings and service user groups.

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

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