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Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
To provide highly specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention at the same time as offering clinical leadership and guidance, advice and consultation on psychological aspects of the delivery of services in addition to the client's overall care package. To provide expert advice and consultation, supervision and teaching on adult Forensic Mental Health conditions to other professionals in the team and in related services to enable provision of effective and appropriate care.

To have an awareness and understanding of national policy and apply this to the FCMHT model of care delivery. This would include advanced knowledge in respect of specialist assessments, crisis management, therapeutic interventions, and research evidence.

To actively contribute to service development alongside colleagues in the local and neighbouring services to ensure consistent and high-quality services are developed and provided to adults with forensic mental health needs across the County.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines whilst ensuring that the FCMHTs work within professional guidelines and adhere to Trust policies and procedures. To use the highest quality of psychological evidence and clinical accountability to inform and enable best practice.

To utilise research skills for outcome measurement, audit, policy and service development and research. To offer management support and to propose and implement policy changes within the service.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide psychological guidance to the FCMHT
  • Responsible for the provision of highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provide supervision and advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To communicate to referrers and others involved in the client's network of care in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment plans of clients.

  • About us

    Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'. CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

    Benefits include:
    • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
    • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
    • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
    • Generous NHS pension scheme
    • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
    • Health service discounts and online benefits
    • Incremental pay progression
    • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
    • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
    • Health and wellbeing opportunities
    • Structured learning and development opportunities

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    PLEASE NOTE: To view the Job Description and Person Specification, please click ON APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site, you will need to register if you do not already have an account

    The Derbyshire Forensic Community Mental Health Team is an established multi-disciplinary team that strives to provide safe, effective and compassionate care, support and interventions for the people who use our service. We aim to provide psychological interventions that support people to reintegrate into the community and develop their quality of life while promoting opportunities to develop valued social roles and activities.

    We actively recognise the role of adversity in shaping a range of difficulties that may present as criminogenic factors or as disruptions to well-being and resilience. We strive to incorporate trauma sensitive practice into all aspects of our work assessment, risk assessment, formulation and intervention.

    We similarly strive to embrace the wisdom and expertise of people who use our services and look to develop policies that ensure that people who access our services can collaborate in establishing the direction of service development.

    We are a growing team and welcome applications from psychologists who have an interest in promoting, practicing, and advocating trauma sensitive forensic work and wish to embrace the complexities of such work. We would offer regular supervision and development opportunities and would support applicants through personal and professional development.

    To be noted:
    • This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the post Holder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with their manager.
    • This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder.

    The post Holder is expected to comply with all relevant trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information

    Person Specification

    Education and Experience


    • Experience of working in forensic mental health settings
    • HCPC registered practitioner psychologist


    • Post graduate training in psychological therapy
    • Training in supervision
    • Experience of MDT working and management of psychologists

    Skills and Knowledge


    • Detailed knowledge of risk assessment
    • Highly skilled in the delivery of psychological therapy


    • Research and audit skills
    • Knowledge and/or experience of MAPPA/MOSOVO processes

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


    Kingsway Hospital


    DE22 3LZ

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