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Consultant Psychologist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Full Time
Women's Outreach Service

2 year secondment/fixed term post opportunity

Forensic Consultant Psychologist 8C

Hours 37.5

Monday - Friday 9-5

Work base negotiable Kent/Surrey/Sussex


KMPT are pleased to offer a 2 year secondment working within the Women's Outreach Service. The women's outreach service is a 2 year pilot project that has been developed as part of the women's secure blended services in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex secure care pathway (KSS). This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in leading and shaping a new service to improve outcomes for women.

The aims of the women's service are to reduce the number of women placed within secure beds who do not benefit from secure care. To ensure that that principle of placement within the least restrictive environment is maintained and work with others to identify potential alternatives including effective community-based options and to benchmark services for women within the collaborative against known best practice nationally.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing additional support to women referred from Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU), and prison healthcare services where it is possible to support the care and treatment and subsequent discharge without the need to admit into a secure inpatient service supporting the principle of provision of care in the least restrictive environment.

You will provide highly specialist psychological assessments and formulation, undertake risk assessment and management, be responsible for implementing a range of highly specialist interventions and work collaboratively with partners. Provide expertise and specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to others.

The successful candidate will be HCPC registered with a master's degree award of the BPS qualification in forensic psychiatry or equivalent. Have significant forensic experience including working with women in a forensic setting and have extensive experience of providing successful clinical leadership with a multi-disciplinary health provider context.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people in Kent and Medway, as well as specialist services for adults in Sussex and Surrey. We are rated Good overall by the CQC.

Each year we care for over 2,000 people in our hospitals and 54,000 people in the community.

We are proud to employ over 3,700 people from 66 nationalities, and to serve an increasingly diverse range of communities across rural and urban areas.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details and main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained before 1996 or outside the UK*] as approved by the HPC,
  • Masters degree (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in forensic psychology or equivalent).
  • Post doctoral / post-qualification training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice relevant to the specific Care Group/Service.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.



  • Demonstrable knowledge of the theory and practice of leadership and management in mental health services
  • Extensive experience of providing successful clinical leadership within a multidisciplinary mental health provider context
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client group and care groups
  • Evidence of significant expertise in clinical risk management
  • Formal training in the supervision of other psychologists



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychologicalassessment, intervention and management
  • Ability to identify and prioritise appropriate areas for service improvement, and to design, plan and deliver these improvements
  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and spoken level, complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive and contentious information to service users their families and carers
  • Skills in risk assessment and management
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and to contribute to staff wellbeing.
  • Skills in providing specialist psychological consultation to other professional and non- professional groups.

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Working across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Provider Collaborative

Trevor Gibbens Unit


ME16 9PH

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