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Forensic Clinical Psychologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2024
Are you a compassionate and highly skilled Psychologist looking for a new opportunity?

We are seeking to appoint a Clinical Psychologist to our Specialist Community Forensic Team (SCFT).

You'll be an integral part ofthe management team providing clinical leadership and expertise in order to provide high quality, psychologically informed and risk managed care for a cohort of patients with complex forensic mental health needs.

The role involves providing psychological assessment, formulation and intervention to complex and challenging clients within the service.

Many of the patients admitted to an SCFT caseload will return to the community under restricted sections of the mental health act and will require intensive MDT support both pre and post discharge.

There will be significant opportunities to contribute to staff development and wellbeing, training and supervision.

Main duties of the job

On a day to day basis you'll provide specialist risk assessments utilising structured professional judgement tools (e.g. HCR-20) and deliver clinical interventions for the SCFT clinical caseload. You'll help support colleagues with a forensically minded psychological approach to care planning and risk management.

You'll contribute towards the development of the service and provide supervision for the wider MDT.

Our Trust is looking to build our research capacity and you would be welcome to be part of this.

The Forensic service consists of
  • The SCFT who gatekeep/ avoid admission to secure care and who keywork patients within the team
  • Forensic Link Workers who provide forensic advice and support to community mental health services and non secure inpatient settings
  • A Liaison and Diversion Service within police Custody, locally named ASCC (Advice and Support in Custody and Court)
  • An Offender Personality disorder (OPD) Pathway in conjunction with probation services
  • Ash Ward which is a 12 bedded Male, a low secure inpatient ward that is part of the South West Provider Collaborativ

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London - there is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description

Job responsibilities

See detailed job description for full description of responsibilities.

Should you have any queries in relation to the job description or main responsibilities, then please do contact the service manager - details below.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Doctoral Clinical or Forensic Psychology or equivalent
  • Registered with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Significant experience of working with people with long term mental health problems
  • Relevant specialist CPD training in psychological therapy with long term mental health problems



  • Clinical work with people with long term mental health problems
  • Competence in core psychological assessment formulation and skills intervention skills
  • Experience of working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder
  • Experience of teaching and training psychology to staff and other professionals
  • Experience of working in a multi-professional/ multi- agency setting

Skills and abilities


  • Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner.
  • Compassionate - exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with staff, patients, carers and relatives (as appropriate) remaining sensitive and empathetic.

Skills and abilities


  • Ability to undertake appropriate PMVA training at the level required for this post.
  • Able to travel to locations around the SWPC region as required. Driving licence and access to a vehicle

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Broadway Health Park

Barclay Street



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