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Consultant Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
The role is for a Consultant Clinical Psychologist to provide managerial and clinical leadership for Psychological Professions within Offender Health. This comprises

- Integrated healthcare in nine prisons in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire

- Therapeutic Community + in HMPs Dovegate and Gartree

- Offender Personality Disorder services in HMPs Whatton

- Offender Personality Disorder and IIRMS services in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire

Main duties of the job

This post will provide managerial and clinical leadership to the Psychological Professions within Offender Health.

The postholder will hold the budget for Psychological Professions within Offender Health.

The postholder will be supported by the Clinical Director for Offender Health, Head of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience and the three Area Managers as well as the Clinical Leads in Mental Health, Neurodiversity, Substance Misuse and Veterans health.

Professional and line management support will be provided by the Associate Director of Psychological Professions , in conjunction with the Clinical Director for Offender Health.

The postholder will be responsible for strategic direction of the Psychological Professions and will be a senior leader within OH Clinical senate and contribute towards overall directorate strategy.

This team is part of a network ensuring effective implementation and ongoing delivery of Trust, regional and national pathways, and protocols in order that the team can deliver safe and effective, high quality compassionate services.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

Key accountabilities will encompass the following:

Management and Leadership

Service Development

Teaching, training and supervision

Please see job description and person specification for a detailed job overview

Person Specification

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation



  • Psychology degree or equivalent, conferring GBC status
  • Doctoral level qualification in Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychology (or the equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) - registered with the HCPC
  • Further training in additional psychological therapy models


  • Higher academic degree (eg PhD, MPhil)



  • Further training in additional psychological therapy models
  • Further training in relevant specific assessment methods and/or therapeutic interventions


  • Specific clinical leadership and management knowledge acquired through experience, evidence of CPD, including leadership training
  • Formal training in research methods
  • Formal training in clinical education



  • Substantial experience of undertaking assessments of offenders
  • Substantial experience of undertaking extended assessments
  • Substantial experience of providing clinical supervision to those undertaking assessment of offenders
  • Substantial experience in providing psychological input and leadership into a clinical MDT
  • Substantial experience of providing psychological therapeutic intervention within offender health
  • Experience of providing training and supervision of trainees.


  • Publication in peer- reviewed research journals.
  • Experience of having planned and/or led a clinical and professional supervision structure



  • Broad understanding of theories and interventions relevant to offenders.
  • Critical awareness of current themes in offender healthcare policy and research
  • Critical awareness of how psychological and treatment models may be adopted clinically for offender healthcare
  • Understanding of the underlying principles of management and treatment in offender healthcare
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Knowledge of the principal models of care in offender healthcare.


  • Undertaken original research within offender population



  • Formulation of sources of psychological distress in offenders therapeutic interventions and presentation skills.
  • Excellent written English
  • Communication of complex and information to a wide range of audiences
  • Able to engage constructively in sometimes challenging circumstances.
  • Good interpersonal skills to facilitate communicate with colleagues and other service providers
  • Skills in providing consultation to other non-psychology colleagues and teaching and training skills
  • Ability to work positively and constructively in a multi- disciplinary team
  • Consultation skills.
  • Ability to reflect on practice and on ethics
  • Effective skills in word-processing and other clinically relevant computer software
  • Use of psychometric test equipment
  • Supervision and motivation of staff
  • Teaching and training skills

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


duncan macmillan



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