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Specialist Applied Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
March, Cambridgeshire
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Fen's is an innovative and challenging service for individuals with chronic histories of trauma who are located in a male high-risk prison.

Our treatment draws on attachment theory and incorporates sensorimotor psychotherapy and schema focused therapy, along with a range of short-term interventions such as EMDR, CBT, CAT etc. Through a combination of individual and group therapies, patients are given opportunities to heal from trauma and neglect, improve wellbeing and reduce risk.

We will support you in broadening your therapeutic skills, management, and working to achieve organisational change in a complex system. There are opportunities to further your research interests through our links with Universities.

The role is a permanent, full-time position with scope to complete some work from home .

You will join our diverse clinical team with a rich range of clinical and forensic experience.

I wanted to change, I was crying out to change. You know, it was a trust element....letting them see me warts and all....and that was the hard thing. Breaking down crying...getting the stuff out I needed to. I grew from that...if I don't like myself, how can anyone else like myself. How can I move on if I don't forgive myself... I've got to give myself a chance. Current service user

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified applied specialist (clinical, forensic or counselling) psychological assessment, treatment and outreach service to service users managed on the OPD Pathway but specifically those for whom responsibility belongs with Fens Services.

To work in collaboration with HMPPS operational Fens staff on all aspects of Fens psychological therapies.

To contribute to and supervise (where appropriate) psychological assessments and work alongside other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically-based care and treatment.

To deliver and support other Psychologists/Psychotherapists and clinical team members in the delivery of psychological therapy to service users within the OPDP Fens service.

To provide specialist teaching and consultancy to the clinical and operational teams.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of both the Trust's and OPDP Fens Services policies and procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research, and to propose and implement policy changes within the OPDP Fens Service.

About us

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health and social care organisation dedicated to providing high-quality care with compassion to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting andempowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high-calibre candidates who share our vision and values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including people with long term conditions and members of our ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

To take an active role in the screening and assessment of prisoners referred as potentially being suitable for OPDP Fens Services based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including neuropsychological and specialist psychological tests, including interviews and communication with other agencies such as probation, healthcare and operational staff.

To communicate the results of this screening and assessment to other members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team including non-clinical staff using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills.

To communicate using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills, the results of assessment and formulation to service users within the Fens services and those included in the offenders care and treatment pathway.

To develop psychological formulations, for residents discharged from the main Fens treatment programme but who require aftercare/Outreach services with a view to directing the level of care and intervention needed to assist in management of their psychological distress and risk reduction and to enable them to relocate within another treatment service if appropriate.

To attend Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings and contribute to discussions about the formal psychological individual treatment and/or management of a service users mental health problems and risk, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of these problems. These meetings may be within or external to the residential service and will include liaison with other professionals.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical/forensic or counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence.
  • Or chartered forensic psychologist.
  • Valid HCPC registration.


  • Recognised training in specialist assessment tools (e.g, HCR-20, VRS WAIS-V or other clinical assessments).



  • Working experience as a Trainee/qualified Psychologist within a secure environment.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across a range of care 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.
  • Experience of delivering therapies within a trauma focussed approach.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of psychological interventions across a range of mental health disorders.


  • Lived experience of mental health.
  • Experience of working within a multi-cultural framework.
  • Experience of interagency working.

Skills and Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management.
  • Skills at maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Skills in developing and/or delivering individual and group work.
  • Skills in planning and organising caseload management.
  • Skills in self-management, including time-management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Trust and from other agencies (HMPPS/ NHS) to promote effective team working with clients.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS/HMPPS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.


  • Knowledge of and ability to apply the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.).
  • Skills in the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies eg CBT, CAT, schema therapy, CFT, ACT.
  • Knowledge and application of the relational skills explicitly required within OPDP services working.

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.

Physical Requirements


  • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients.
  • Emotionally robust.
  • Able to contain and work with organisational stress.
  • Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations.
  • Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self-care and to monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice.
  • Motivated towards personal and professional development with a strong CPD record.



  • Able to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


The Fens Service, HMP Whitemoor

Longhill Road

March, Cambridgeshire

PE15 0PR

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