Forensic Clinical Psychologist - Band 8b

Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Forensic Psychologist - and 8b

Community Mental Health - Swanswell Point, Coventry

Full time, permanent role

Voices... trauma... visions... stigma... withdrawal... substance use... disadvantage and deprivation - the people we support need psychologists who can help them find a way through these experiences and make a meaningful recovery - are you ready to work alongside them and their families?

Peer workers... multi-disciplinary teams... transformation... new partnerships... organisational change - do these excite you?

If the answer to these is 'Yes', we would love to hear from you. We are looking for a forensic psychologist who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of people experiencing psychosis, but who also present with risk and behaviours that bring them in to the forensic arena. Your specialist knowledge, experience and skills are very much needed.

Our Community Recovery teams are multi-disciplinary and support adults in the community who experience ongoing difficulties as a result of psychosis. The team approach is based on the FACT model and is aligned with a Recovery philosophy of service provision. Compassionate care is at the heart of what we do, and the contribution of psychology and provision of psychological interventions is highly valued. We have a strong commitment to provide an excellent standard of care and to continually improve, and we are keen see our psychologists flourish and develop.


Main duties of the job

For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.

As a Principal Forensic Psychologist, you will join clinical psychology colleagues in delivering strong leadership in psychology provision in the teams, as well as contributing to the Trust-wide development of our Forensic Community Mental Health Service. You will work principally with people with complex difficulties who present risk and their families, delivering recovery and offence / risk focused interventions in the community. You will be expected to promote values that seek to support recovery in this client group and maximise the potential of individuals with the aim of reducing social exclusion, stigma and the potentially disabling effects of psychosis. As part of the Psychology team you will also be expected to support clinical psychology trainees, clinical associates in psychology and other practitioners in their training and development. Research is also highly valued and we have been identified as a trial site in a large multi-centre research trial for a psychological intervention in psychosis.

About us

Our Vision: To become an innovative, forward-thinking, and inclusive teaching organisation, enabling us to provide consistently high quality, safe, and compassionate care.

At CWPT we care for you as much as you care for others, and we offer a wide range of support services to promote staff wellbeing and a good work-life balance. We would where possible consider part-time and flexible working arrangements, including hybrid working.

Our dedicated People Hub brings together all our support services to promote staff wellbeing, including COPE, our in-house counselling service, emotional support through Staff in Mind, and much more.

We know our staff are our greatest asset which is why we invest in training and development opportunities, and our leadership teams are dedicated to continuous professional and personal development.

By joining CWPT you will be a part of an innovative team, who are committed to transforming services to better support people who are experiencing psychosis.

Job description Job responsibilities

For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.

It is essential that candidates have some pre or post qualification experience of working with people with psychosis. Completion of an accredited training programme in Forensic Psychology (completion of BPS Stage 2 in Forensic Psychology (or equivalent)) is also essential, and you may additionally have completed a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. You should be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and entitled to use the protected title, Forensic Psychologist and/or Clinical Psychologist.

A recognised qualification, current training or commitment to undertake training in additional elements of your role or NICE guideline psychological interventions is desirable. The ability to travel during the working day over a large geographical area is essential, as is the ability to work flexibly with the needs of the client group.

Please note: It is mandatory requirement for all newly appointed staff to be registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Completion of an accredited postdoctoral training programme in clinical psychology (Doctoral degree in clinical psychology) and/or Forensic Psychology (completion of BPS Stage 2 in forensic psychology (or equivalent)
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and entitled to use the protected title, Clinical psychologist and/or Forensic psychologist
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of working with people in SCMH with particular reference to the designated service.
  • Experience of working with a range of clients, presenting a range of clinical severity and maintenance of professionalism in challenging circumstances.
  • Experience of tailoring psychological assessment and intervention to individual needs.
  • Able to make an assessment of a person presenting with mental illness who are a risk to the public, including appropriate risk assessment.
  • Able to design, implement and supervise appropriate management plans, including appropriate risk management for people who are diagnosed with a psychiatric condition and are a risk to the public.
  • Able to provide consultancy to other members of the team to aid the delivery of such management plans.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for work.
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • Post-doctoral training relevant to the post.
  • Well-developed communication skills, suitable to the specialty.
  • Experience of team working
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Knowledge of research and audit methodology suitable to the job.
Other Essential
  • Able to travel for work purposes and have access to an independent means of transport.

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