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Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking for something a bit different, a new challenge, a varied role?

Arnold Lodge is an award-winning mental health hospital and prides itself on providing the highest quality of care to our patients.

We are seeking to recruit a registered Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to join our fantastic multi-disciplinary teams within the hospital to provide assessment, risk management, care and treatment to aid recovery and further the patient journey.

The role is varied and offers major opportunities to develop your skills . Your continued Professional Development is supported.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic, compassionate and highly motivated psychologist to join our teams, in a challenging but rewarding role, to make a difference to the lives of our patients.

Therefore applicants will need to:
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Be committed to providing the highest standards of care
  • Promote and maintain high standards of care through excellent communication, motivation, supervision and role modelling

We want to help our staff reach their full potential and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to success. This includes a supportive and strong health and well-being team.

Reporting to the Psychology Team Lead, the post holder will work with multidisciplinary teams that values psychological approaches. You will provide comprehensive psychological assessments, formulations and interventions. As part of the role, you will also contribute to the development and evaluation of specialist treatment programmes, tailored to the complex mental health and offending behaviour needs of this population.

Candidates must be registered with the HCPC as a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist. Candidates who are close to qualification and eligibility to apply for HCPC registration are welcome to apply.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?
Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

You will be encouraged to conduct service evaluation/research and promote the service as a centre of excellence. Professional development is actively supported, and supervision is a priority.

To provide psychological assessments to patients referred to and admitted to Arnold Lodge based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients and others involved in the patients care.

To formulate and implement plans for the psychological treatment and understanding of criminogenic factors related to a patients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions, individual and group.

To liaise closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team, giving authoritative specialist advice on psychological aspects of care, contributing directly to assessment, formulation, diagnosis and treatment planning.

To undertake risk assessment and contribute to risk management for individual patients and to provide advice and training to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

To communicate in a skilled, persuasive and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients, and to monitor progress during the course of their multidisciplinary care.

To develop knowledge and skills in general aspects of forensic psychology, as well as a designated specialist area.

To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the Psychology Lead.

To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the fields of clinical and forensic psychology and related disciplines.

To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping, including electronic data entry and recording, and report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance, in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.

To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific patient group and forensic mental health generally.

To ensure that in all aspects of professional activity (e.g. communication with patients, relatives, colleagues, as well as in the assessment, development/ delivery of interventions) issues of diversity such as race, culture, identity, gender and sexuality are sensitively considered and incorporated to reflect individual differences appropriately.

To ensure that service users are appropriately consulted about relevant aspects of their care and are empowered to express their views in a responsive environment enabling such views to be assimilated/incorporated into continued service development.

You will be required to complete mandatory training to assist your professional development.

Person Specification
  • Good honours degree in psychology, accredited by the British Psychology Society
  • MSc or Doctorate in Clinical or Forensic Psychology
  • Must be registered with the HCPC as a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

  • Chartered Clinical or Forensic status

  • Training includes models of psychopathology, psychometric assessment, developmental psychology through the life span and two or more distinct approaches to therapeutic intervention.
  • Training and supervised practice within mental health services.
  • Evidence of CPD

  • Awareness of issues related to forensic mental health care.

  • Experience of working with people, in gender sensitive ways, who present severe problems and complex needs
  • Experience of collaborative work in multi professional clinical teams
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility, under supervision, for psychological care and treatment in the context of multidisciplinary care plans.

  • Experience of teaching psychologists and/or other professionals.
  • Experience of audit, service development or research projects.

  • Can demonstrate knowledge and skills in assessment and interventions relevant to forensic practice.
  • Knowledge and skills in therapeutic approaches relevant to mentally disordered offenders.
  • Can demonstrate clinical effectiveness in individual and group work, risk and clinical assessment
  • Good knowledge of research design and methodology and understanding their application within secure forensic mental health settings
  • Awareness of current national policy and legislation in the criminal justice system and/or health relevant to the service.

  • Ability to develop therapeutic relationships with patients who are often highly distressed and challenging.
  • Ability to communicate with patients, families, and other professionals about sensitive and sometimes contentious issues relating to patient care.
  • Research skills for audit, service development, and research projects

  • Supervision of assistant psychologists / other professionals.

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