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Clinical/Forensic Psychologist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
23 Apr 2024
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to join the Forensic Outreach Liaison Service for Learning Disability and/or Autism (FOLS LDA) on a fixed-term contract until December 2024. The FOLS LDA service work with adults with a diagnosed learning disability and/or autism who are at risk of contact, or in contact with, the criminal justice system. The service covers West Yorkshire and Barnsley and is a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals. FOLS is an evolving, dynamic service that provides a formulation driven, trauma informed and strengths-based approach to risk management. Clinical decisions and risk management are regularly reviewed together as an MDT. The team provides risk assessment, direct therapeutic interventions and supports transitioning out of secure settings to patients, as well as consultation, advice, supervision and training to relevant services and partners.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be responsible for a caseload of patients, completing high quality forensic risk assessment, intervention and consultation to the patient, other professionals and carers. The post-holder will formulate complex cases, based on structured risk assessment, and support the FOLS MDT to help ensure rigour and quality. They work with patients with varying needs, presenting challenge issues that can be highly emotive and distressing to services and carers, requiring a calm and professional approach. The post-holder will support a psychology assistant in their role and be receive supervision from the 8b psychologist in FOLS, as well as management, reflective and clinical supervision. FOLS employ a strengths based, trauma informed approach to risk management and the post-holder will need to be confident in this approach.

There are opportunities to receive further training in forensic specific theory and intervention.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed. The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.


The post holder will provide a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients as part of the multidisciplinary team within the service.

Provide highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention.

Provide advice and consultation on psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, and other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines, and the overall framework of the team and trusts policies and procedures.

Supervise and support Psychology Assistants, Trainees and Band 7 HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologists.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research within the areas served by the team/service.


To offer consultation and supervision when required by other agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being of service users

To provide supervision of Band 7 Clinical Psychologists, doctoral level clinical psychology trainees, assistant psychologists and trainees from other disciplines as appropriate.


  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment for service users experiencing moderate, severe and complex mental health/psychological problems based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect observation and semi-structured interviews with service users, their family and/or carers.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological intervention and/or management of mental health/psychological and/or behavioural difficulties based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and exercising expert clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence based practice across a full range of care settings.
  • To establish rapport and build effective working relationships with service users and all those involved in their psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.
  • To work jointly with other team members and professionals in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to service users and, where appropriate, their families/carers.

  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

    Person Specification



    • 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.
    • Frequent, protracted sustained and intense concentration
    • Show respect and treat people with dignity
    • Be able to give bad news sensitively
    • Be able to sustain empathy in difficult situations
    • Be aware of all interviewees in any situation


    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
    • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
    • Experience of groupwork

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Good Psychometric Assessment skills
    • Experience of assisting in training of Post Graduate Clinical Psychology Trainees
    • Exceptional communication skills in verbal, non verbal and written modes.
    • Ability to empathise and develop good therapeutic alliance
    • Ability to Formulate Complex processes.
    • Capacity to conduct Psychometric Assessment
    • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role
    • Keyboard skills
    • Manual Dexterity for conducting tests.


    • Working with people in Crisis
    • Working on an in-patient Psychiatric ward.

    Physical Attributes


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
    • Significant Post qualification experience in a Setting relevant to the post
    • HCPC Registration as a Clinical Psychologist.



    • Completion of formal training to meet eligibility as clinical supervisor of Doctoral Trainee Clinical Psychologists.

    Personal Attributes


    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)
    • To transport Psychometric testing equipment

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Newton Lodge - Fieldhead Hospital

    Ouchthorpe Lane


    West Yorkshire


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