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Clinical / Forensic / Counselling Psychologist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
25 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Inpatient Psychology Service at Langdon Hospital for an appropriately qualified Band 8a Practitioner Psychologist.

You will work as part of an innovative Psychology Team which provides specialist psychological work to patients at Langdon Hospital, with the opportunity to work across the directorate.

This post will be based on the Low Secure Unit at Chichester House on the Langdon Hospital site. Chichester House is geographically situated away from the main Medium Secure Service and therefore is more autonomous in it's operation.

The post holder will interface regularly with Community Services, Parole Boards and attend MAPPA meetings to enable patient discharge.

The Psychology Team at Langdon Hospital includes experienced and enthusiastic Clinical, Forensic, Counselling Psychologists, Arts Therapists, Trainee Psychologists and a team of Assistant Psychologists, one each for our 5 wards across the Medium and Low Secure estate.

Forensic mental health settings provide an enviable clinical environment in which to pursue clinical interests and develop specialism in areas such as risk assessment, offence focused work, individual or group work, trauma, psychosis, personality and relational difficulties, as well as cognitive and developmental difficulties. The work can involve a range of assessment and therapeutic approaches, modalities and timeframes.

Main duties of the job

The role will consist of:
  • Being an autonomous Practitioner responsible for your own clinical activity and accountable for observing and interpreting professional and Trust guidelines for professional conduct including accurate record keeping.
  • Providing consultation, advice and clinical supervision to other professionals and agencies including Band 7 Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists, Trainee and undergraduate Psychologists.
  • Devising, supervising and formulating a client's presenting difficulties(s), based upon the appropriate theoretical and conceptual frameworks and evidence based practice.
  • Delivering individual and group interventions.
  • Meeting appropriate standards of practice in the quality and timeliness of the service provided.
  • Standards of practice will include those defined by: the British Psychological Society (including the Division of Clinical Psychology) the HCPC and/or other relevant bodies such as UKCP and Devon Partnership Trust.
  • Keeping adequate clinical records in accordance with Trust guidance.
  • Undertaking risk and other assessments (where relevant) and collaborating on the risk management of individuals together with the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Undertake other responsibilities eg quality improvement initiatives or service development/evaluation projects that ensure an ever improving, high quality, professional service.
  • Communicating in a clear, professional, skilled and sensitive manner.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for further details on this role.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge and familiarity of Secure Services and of the services in the NHS where Psychology and Psychological Therapies are commonly applied.
  • An understanding of providing Psychological Therapy for service users presenting with severe and complex mental health problems.



  • PGDip or Doctorate in Forensic, Counselling or Clinical Psychology which enables registration as a HCPC Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Further training or experience in clinical specialism.
  • Further training in related area.
  • Further training in at least one (other) psychological therapy.

Additional Criteria


  • Communication and Working Relationship Skills:
  • Excellent verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills.
  • IT and Computer Literacy.
  • Analytical & Judgemental Skills:
  • Ability to integrate complex data make highly skilled evaluations and decisions and take a long term perspective.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a wide range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.
  • Experience of working under supervision in adult mental health contexts.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Langdon Hospital

Exeter Road




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