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Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Services Lead

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year p.a.
Closing date
20 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced Clinical/Forensic Psychologist, Nurse, OT or Social Worker? The Strive team are looking for a Clinical and operational Lead to provide leadership to Dorset's Offender Personality Disorder Service. The service is a psychologically-led, consultation, assessment and intervention service.The Clinical Lead role is a twofold role one part will be providing operational leadership for the service, to include consultation to the Probation Service, the development of formulations (Dorset Pathway Project) and therapeutic interventions to those within the Intensive Intervention & Risk Management Service in STRIVE. The other part will be providing clinical leadership, including supervision to staff. Along with the clinical and managerial leads for forensic services, you will be working closely with the regional commissioners to present service outcomes at contract review meetings and to take a lead on service development.

You will need to be able to plan and prioritise workload whilst coordinating other staff and disciplines. Although you may only have experience of clinical work, there is a high level of support and highly visible leadership within the service and you will be supported to undertake the operational roles with formal supervision and close working relationships. You will be joining a well-established team who value supporting each other to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Main duties of the job

You will provide assessment reports on service users referred to the service, predominantly from the criminal justice system. You will be responsible for complex diagnostic assessments and formulations of individuals who are at a high risk of serious harm and have significant difficulties associated with complex trauma.You will take a lead in developing psychological ways of working for the multi-disciplinary team including formulation, care planning and risk management. You will work with health and criminal justice agencies and the ability to form healthy and professional relationships with a range of colleagues working across different settings is essential.You will be required to identify training needs and provide supervision for staff as necessary. You will be aware of the need to prioritise the health and wellbeing of the team in order that they feel supported in their work.

Ingenuity, creativity, and passion for work are key qualities that we encourage. There is opportunity to have regular contact and CPD with the wider forensic mental health team within the forensic services and the OPD south network.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification

Knowledge Skills and Training


  • Registered with the HCPC or NMC as a Practitioner Psychologist, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker.
  • Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), with specialist knowledge and application of two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Accredited professional qualification in nursing, Occupational Therapy or Social Work, with specialist knowledge in working within criminal justice systems and or highly specialist treatment services.
  • To have received further specialist training in risk assessment and management including the use of complex psychometrics
  • Specialist knowledge in research and clinical/forensic psychometrics
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, forensic, etc.)
  • Skills and experience of working with individuals with complex offending and personality presentations
  • Skills and experience of working with people with complex, severe or treatment resistant mental disorders
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment (including psychometric assessment), intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in and experience of developing and implementing strategic service development plans.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills and experience in running audit and service evaluation including presenting reports.

Job Specific Experience


  • Significant 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 maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Planning and organisational skills developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and adapting complex strategies for service development.
  • Skills and experience in being able to formulate complex case presentations and share that formulation with other disciplines to develop overall care management packages
  • Experience of running groups, preferably with adults, covering a range of problems such as anxiety and anger management, as well as skills teaching.


  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of individuals who have offended and have significant mental health difficulties such as personality disorder, trauma, psychosis etc. Ideally this experience would be across the full range of care settings, including secure settings, the community, and prison.
  • Experience of the application of clinical treatments in different cultural contexts

Information Technology


  • Good knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Able to use PowerPoint presentation software.
  • Experience of working with electronic patient record systems, e.g. RiO, nDelius

Personal Qualities/Attributes


  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Able to deal calmly with difficult situations and people, e.g. verbal/physical aggression in a clinical setting
  • Ability to work with frequent exposure to highly distressing and/or highly emotional circumstances.
  • Ability to work supportively and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary culture.
  • Ability to work in or collaboratively with a multi-modal approach to interventions.

Business Travel


  • Subject to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.

Additional Requirements


  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable the post holder to carry out the role effectively
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Sentinel House

4-6 Nuffield Road, Nuffield Industrial Estate


BH17 0RB

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