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Applied Principal Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
March, Cambridgeshire
£58,972 to £68,525 Regional secure unit allowance payable of £1293 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The Fen's is an innovative and challenging service forindividualswith chronic histories of traumawho 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 achieveorganisationalchange in a complex system. There are opportunities to further your research interests through our links withUniversities.

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 highly specialist psychological therapy service to patient(s), referred to the Fens Service and ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist psychology service as agreed with commissioners and CPFT.

To supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by specialist psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

To support the Clinical Lead who is responsible for the treatment programme in the development of highly specialised programmes of care and to provide highly specialised advice to non-psychological staff working directly with the patients.

To take responsibility for project work within a specified domain of the Fens service under the line management of one of the consultant Psychologist leads. To contribute to the development and management of the teaching and training programme for staff on the 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.

For further information on CPFT, please visit our website at

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems emotional, cognitive and behavioural. In particular to use specialist knowledge in relation to offending behaviour, trauma and to develop psychological formulations of the connection between a persons personality psychopathology and the risk they pose to others.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To incorporate the results of individual assessments, including neuropsychological assessment, into the formulations and treatment and care plans for the patient(s). To be able to articulate these formulations to other members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team including non-clinical staff using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills at a level which is accessible to all.
  • Within a cognitive interpersonal framework develop plans for the formal psychological individual treatment/formulation 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 full range of care settings.
  • To provide management, co-ordination and delivery in conjunction with the Clinical Lead, Treatment Leads, and partnership agencies, on the development of new innovative services within the Fens and wider prison. This will include the application of adjunctive and alternative therapies both within assessment and treatment provisions within the wider Fens services, supporting the psycho-social environment and developing appropriate evaluation methodologies and research protocols.
  • To ensure that all members of the clinical and operational team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically-based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all service users in the OPDP Fens services, across all settings and agencies serving the patient group, including delivery of service user collaboration and/or co-production.
  • To take a leading role within the Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings providing direct input to those meetings and communicating information on psychological assessments, formulations and interventions undertaken by other Psychologists/Psychotherapists within the OPDP Fens service.
  • To contribute to the wider OPDP services by sharing information with other sites both through Fens progression and continuity of care pathway services for service users entering and leaving high secure services in line with agreed data sharing protocols.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other partnership professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To undertake actuarial and clinical tools assessments, in addition to highly specialist knowledge and expertise to inform ongoing risk assessment and risk management for individual service users and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment.
  • To take a lead in working in partnership with other disciplines to help to establish and maintain Multi-Disciplinary Team working and Care Programme Approach, including. acting as care co-ordinator in all that is required of this role.
  • To communicate throughout all service delivery elements in a highly skilled and sensitive manner to others (e.g. service users family, carers), as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the formulation and treatment plans of service users under their care in line with agreed data sharing protocols.
  • To produce reports on service users, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.
  • To attend and/chair OPDP meetings including but not limited to: MDT meetings, Prisoner Management meeting, programmes and governance meetings. Meetings will include partnership agencies and service user representatives.
  • To contribute to HMPPS process of reviews of service users, providing written or verbal reports as appropriate to the specific reviews. Such reviews include those that relate to suicidal behaviour (ACCT reviews), safeguarding, security status and sentence planning.
  • To work in partnership with other agencies and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.
  • To collect and communicate specific information as required by the commissioners responsible for the OPDP services.

  • Person Specification

    Education / Qualifications


    • Doctoral level training in an applied psychology or master's level qualification registration to include, models of lifespan developmental psychology, psychopathology and clinical psychometrics in addition to two or more distinct therapies.
    • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with HCPC
    • Specialist psychological therapy training focussed on treatment of trauma and/ personality disorders eg, Schema training, EMDR, CAT, CFT.CBT...


    • Undertaken Post graduate Psychological training relevant to the advertised post (e.g. Personality Disorder training, Risk Assessment training, Training with respect to Interventions for clients with Personality Disorders and/ or those who pose a risk of harm to others.



    • Experience of working as a Qualified Psychologist at a specialist level, within a low/medium/high secure Forensic/Personality Disorder/Mental Health Setting.
    • Experience of inter-agency working.
    • Experience of completing specialist psychological assessments (including neuropsychological), formulations and interventions within forensic settings.
    • Experience of working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team within a forensic/ secure setting and/or personality disorder community service.
    • Experience of assessing and treating clients across a range of forensic/secure setting and/ or community personality disorder service
    • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, (e.g. experience of working with challenging verbal, emotional and/or behavioural presentations).
    • Experience of work within a Multi-Disciplinary Team.
    • Experience of the application of Psychology within different contexts.
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for the delivery of psychological care and treatment.
    • Experience of the delivery of teaching, training and clinical supervision to others.
    • Able to demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours professional supervision.


    • Experience of representing psychology within the context of a Multi-Disciplinary Team
    • Experience of working within a multi-cultural framework.
    • Lived experience of mental health.
    • Experience of working with clients who present with the full range of clinical severity, across a range of care settings (e.g. community, out-patient, in-patient, secure hospital and/ or forensic settings).
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course.

    Skills & Abilities


    • Able to demonstrate commitment to developing a high quality care and service provision (e.g. responsibility for initiating new developments).
    • Skills in robust self-care and the ability to help contain teams when stressors can lead to parallel processes in the service user group impacting upon contained team working.
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration in addition to the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
    • Skills in designing individual and groupwork interventions and in programme planning
    • Skills in planning and caseload management for self and others, to include time-management.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Able to communicate complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information including contentious and highly distressing information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
    • Skills to impart psychological knowledge and approaches with non-psychology colleagues, taking an empowering, rather than an instructive stance.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance.
    • Skills in providing consultation and supervision to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Advanced IT and keyboard skills.

    Knowledge & Understanding


    • High level of knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies related to this client group, using specific psychological models such as Schema, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, DBT, MBT, CAT and CBT for Personality Disorders
    • Specialised risk assessment knowledge which relate to this client group.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and implications for both clinical practice and professional management.
    • Well-developed knowledge and treatment of complex trauma and/or PD as displayed in recent research or conference paper or book chapter.
    • Doctoral/MSc/MA level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC or related professional bodies.


    • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, as practised within the field of psychology.
    • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this service user group, in addition to appreciation of their differing experiences of working with these clients.
    • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.



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