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Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist / Outreach Lead

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
March, Cambridgeshire
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
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

You will have a managerial role working within the Fens Services, in particular managing and co-ordinating the Outreach Service for the wider High Secure male prison, with assistance and in collaboration with the Fens clinical team and operational staff.

This is a newly developing service arising from commissioners strategic directions to widen The Fens service provision to include an Outreach service and Enhanced Support Service (ESS) alongside a well-established treatment service. This will require the post-holder to have a solid working knowledge of personality disorders, challenging behaviour and trauma, recognising the implications and consequences that can arise for those who struggle to live with personality difficulties arising from adverse childhood trauma.

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 exercise full autonomous professional responsibility for the psychological assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the role of the Outreach Lead.

To manage and maintain a caseload in line with current standards of psychological practice and consistent with agreed team approaches.

To have significant working knowledge of personality disorder and trauma, and the behaviours that come from high levels of distress.

To carry out specialist psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions within both the Fens Service and Outreach service.

To communicate the results of complex assessment and interventions to other members of the Multi-disciplinary Team including non-clinical staff, and to do so in a way that is accessible to all.

To communicate effectively, using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills, within difficult situations such as to a service user who may be presenting as hostile and antagonistic and not wanting to receive information.

To develop formulations and treatment plans for the formal interventions and/or management of a service users mental health and behavioural problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of these problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the Fens and the Outreach Service.

To ensure that all members of the clinical team have access to the understanding of the service user from a psychological perspective, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • HCPC applied psychologist status.
  • Masters or Doctorate level training in an applied field of psychology recognised by BPS.


  • Post-registration training in risk management tools/ techniques.
  • Specific therapeutic training, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Schema, Sensorimotor psychotherapy or other psychological approaches.



  • Experience of working as a qualified Applied Psychologist with service users who have a forensic history both as an individual therapist and group facilitator.
  • Proven experience of good working relationships within a Multi-Disciplinary Team and inter-agency working.
  • Previous experience of working with service users from a range of mental health backgrounds such as acute psychiatric disorders, complex mental health, Learning Disability and Personality disorders.
  • Proven experience of managing a clinical caseload.
  • Experience of providing clinical leadership and supervision to less experienced or unqualified staff.
  • Evidence of experience in service development evaluation and improvements, including engaging service users in development, consultation through to co-production.


  • Teaching experience for clinical and non-clinical staff.
  • Experience of practice development by extensive experience of supervision and teaching.
  • Experience of influencing the advancement of mental health care.
  • Experience of working with service users diagnosed with learning disability and/or neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Experience of working in outreach, crisis or community treatment services.
  • Qualification or significant experience using CBT, DBT with service users.
  • Lived experience of mental health challenges.

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Leadership skills e.g. can exercise leadership to support and inspire colleagues.
  • IT literate.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Teamwork skills.
  • Ability to undertake assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment plans.
  • The ability to supervise and participate in providing teaching and training to other staff.
  • Ability to prioritise work demands and be flexible.
  • Proven skills in undertaking risk assessments and management plans.
  • Skill in caseload management at both an individual and team level.
  • Able to work as an independent reflective practitioner.
  • An understanding and commitment to the principles of recovery and social inclusion.
  • Commitment and evidence of personal and team development.


  • In depth knowledge and skill related to a particular therapeutic interventions such as CBT, DBT, family work and psychosocial interventions.

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Theory and concepts associated with mental health, personality disorder and trauma and their application.
  • Principles of managing change.
  • Knowledge of current research and evidence- based practice in clinical work relating to community and forensic mental health teams.
  • Attachment theory and therapies aimed at addressing trauma-related difficulties.
  • Thorough understanding of care planning and the Care Programme Approach (CPA).
  • Commitment to and understanding of evidence-based practice.
  • Awareness of safeguarding issues and responsibilities under relevant legislation
  • Good knowledge of the legislation relating to care including - Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act, Care Act, Children's Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.
  • Knowledge of relevant NICE guidance.
  • Knowledge of the role of the MOJ and other criminal justice agencies.


  • Research, audit and quality improvement methodologies and their application.

Physical Requirements


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Trust and from other agencies (HMPPS) to promote effective team working with service users
  • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from service users.
  • 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.



  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • 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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