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Consultant Clinical and/or Forensic Psychologist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£65,664 to £75,874 a year Pro rata
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
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Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust's Centre for Mental Health and Justice is inviting applications for a Consultant Practitioner Psychologist, Clinical and/or Forensic. This Band 8C post involves clinical and professional leadership for psychological professions within the Centre spanning a range of hosted services, currently including the Probation focussed Offender Personality Disorder pathway, the Homelessness Vulnerability Liaison Service, the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service and the Community Forensic Service. The post involves working with colleagues across the Trust, Criminal Justice and wider Mental Health services, supporting clinical activities, service and policy development which impact on those who offend and who also have needs arising from mental disorders.

In 2012 the Cornwall Centre for Mental Health and Justice evolved from the Community Forensic Mental Health Team (CFMHT), one of the longest established CFMHT's in England. The Centre is based on the top floor of Cornwall Police Headquarters in Bodmin, ensuring high levels of sustainable partnership working with other Criminal Justice Agencies across Devon and Cornwall. Bodmin is easily accessible from a wide range of spectacular locations in the County. The Police HQ is a vibrant and positive working environment, encouraging the best of collaborative partnership working.

Main duties of the job

The primary purposes of the role are the provision and promotion of high quality, safe, effective care to people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (IoS)who have been in contact with the Criminal Justice System, as well as to the maintenance of safety for the community.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Education Essential
  • Current professional registration - HCPC - Clinical and /or Forensic Psychologist
  • Professional qualification - Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology (or historic equivalent) and/ or Stage 2 Qualification in Forensic Psychology
  • Pre and/or post qualification training in models of psychopathology, clinical and forensic psychometrics
Experience Essential
  • Experience in risk assessment and risk management
  • Assessed substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist within inpatient services
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience and expertise in the assessment and treatment of mental disorder
  • Specialist clinical experience in forensic mental health
  • Experience in risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience of teaching and training Practitioner Psychologists
  • Substantial experience of working with individuals with disabling levels of serious mental disorder with offending histories, across a range of settings
Skills/Knowledge Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • High level communication skills, both written and oral, to effectively convey complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Use of IT to interpret and construct complex spreadsheets and data bases.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies - Or Stage 2 Accreditation as a Practitioner Forensic Psychologist, eligible for registration with the HCPC, with subsequent substantial experience with clinical populations
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialized psychological therapies in specific, difficult to treat groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex data analysis as practiced within applied psychology.

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