Preceptorship/Senior Clinical, Forensic or Counselling Psychologist

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
West Bromwich
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are pleased to offer either a preceptorship/development post for a newly qualified 7 Applied Psychologist (Clinical/ Counselling/ Forensic) with a interest in specialist forensic learning disability services, working initially at band 7, working towards the competencies of an 8a. You may already be an experienced band 7 psychologist and wish to progress to a band 8a without the need for the preceptorship process.

This post is also suitable for candidates who may already be an 8a psychologist wishing to move from your current post. Specialist risk assessment and intervention training will be provided to the successful candidate based on need.

We are also in a very unique position of offering the successful candidate a very attractive CPD budget.

You will be supported to use the whole range of your psychological skills and experience, including direct clinical and forensic input in the form of assessments, individual and group therapies. Team formulation, reflective practice and working systemically to support non-psychology staff to undertake psychological interventions are core to the role.

You will be part of a highly motivated multi-disciplinary team and you will also be working closely with an established team of Applied Psychologists across the inpatient and community forensic pathways.

Main duties of the job

The contribution of psychological services is highly valued within the teams and is fully integrated within collaborative multi-disciplinary working. Our Psychologists never hold risk alone and are fully imbedded within teams. You will be supported to use the whole range of your psychological skills and experience, including direct clinical and forensic input in the form of assessments, individual and group therapies, team formulation, reflective practice and supporting other staff to undertake psychological interventions. Internal and external specialist training will be provided on a needs basis.

There are exciting opportunities to work closely with others on developing new and existing service development projects, develop new and existing group programmes and provide support in training and supervising others. his really is an exciting and a great developmental opportunity.

You may also supervise others (Assistant psychologists and non-psychologists) and be involved in training others, such as ward staff and multidisciplinary colleagues. Training others and contributing to and leading on service development projects and undertaking audit and research is an important and exciting part of this role.

About us

We have well established inpatient LD Forensic services, across the Black Country (based in West Bromwich) which comprises a 15 bed male low secure inpatient service and a 14 bed male step up/down locked rehabilitation inpatient service. Our forensic services have close interface with the Forensic Community Team, Intensive Support Team and Community Learning Disability Teams and a range of regional and local Commissioning, Social Care and Criminal Justice System partners.

Psychological professionals throughout all our services across the BCHFT have good links with the full range of Doctoral Psychology courses at the Universities of Birmingham, Coventry and Warwick and Wolverhampton. We have key staff closely involved with Research and Innovation. CPD and supervision for all grades of staff is highly valued. Psychological professionals are thoroughly integrated at all levels in the quality, governance and service development infrastructure of the Trust.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To ensure high quality, specialist psychology provision to males with a learning disability who have offended. Working within forensic low secure and locked rehabilitation setting.
  • To offer advice, consultation and supervision on this client groups psychological care to psychology colleagues, non-psychology colleagues, external agencies and other non-professional carers.
  • To perform an important leadership role and work alongside MDT colleagues within and across the settings.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for systematic governance of psychological practice within the service. To propose and implement policy changes with the areas served by the service.
  • To utilise doctoral level research skills for audit, policy and service development and research. To supervise research carried out by Assistant and Trainee psychologists.
  • Guided by the Good Life principles of recovery, ensure that people with a learning disability and forensic needs are safely supported by the full range of services and opportunities that meet their whole life person centred needs and aspirations, in the least restrictive context.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • qualifications
  • Experience in Forensic Settings
  • Experience of assessment, formulation and intervention
  • Experience of training others
  • Post graduate training

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
The Larches/Jerry Simon Clinic

West Bromwich

B71 2BG

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