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Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per annum | Pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you interested in complexity, longer-term therapeutic work, and close multi-disciplinary team working?The Forensic Psychology department is seeking to recruit a Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist to join both our Pre-Discharge unit based in Oxford and the Forensic Community Mental Health Team (FCMHT). Newly and recently qualified psychologists are also very welcome to apply, as we can offer the post as a Band 7 preceptorship/development to 8a. We welcome a range of psychological models and reflective thinking and creative approaches are highly valued. There is an emphasis on close multi-disciplinary team working. Staff support and working with families/carers are an important part of the role.There will also be opportunities to lead on service wide projects in order to contribute significantly to improving the quality of the psychological services that we provide. Our large psychology department is proud of the diversity of therapeutic approaches utilised in our work, wheresupervision and continuing professional development is prioritised.

For informal enquiries about the post, or to arrange a visit, please contact Dr Claudia Koch, Consultant Clinical Psychologist ( or Dr Sarah Shanahan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (

Main duties of the job

The role is split into two equal halves, 50% of the time is dedicated to an inpatient Pre-Discharge unit, Lambourn House, which accommodates 15 men and women who are nearing discharge from the secure inpatient services and 50% working with forensic outpatients living in the community across the Thames Valley region. The role includes the provision of a psychology service to individuals with complex mental health problems, at risk of significant harm to others, including violence and sexual violence.The role includes identifying those individuals who might benefit from further psychological work, conducting comprehensive assessments of personality, emotional well-being and risk, an delivering a range of psychological interventions to enhance psychological well-being and reducing risk to self and others. Furthermore, the role involves staff support, supervision, and training, as well as contributing psychologically to the wider psychological department and the forensic service.

About us

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the provision of a high quality psychological service, engaging with a challenging but rewarding population. They will be encouraged to become actively involved in the promotion of psychological-mindedness across both services, including helping to promote a trauma-informed approach. They will join the senior leadership team at Lambourn House, helping to shape the culture and ethos of the unit. They will also be involved in shaping the future Integrated Community Psychology Service and will benefit from working alongside colleagues in our Offender Personality Disorder services. This post is full-time. It includes a Regional Secure Unit payment for working in secure services.

Person Specification CertificatesTraining Essential
  • Satisfactory completion of a British Psychological Society accredited Doctoral Level postgraduate professional training course in Clinical, Counselling or Forensic psychology.
  • Eligibility for entry onto the Register of Chartered Psychologists.
  • Post qualification training in specialist area of clinical work, relevant to a forensic population.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and individual and group based treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including primary and secondary/ specialist care and inpatient/residential, outpatient and community team settings.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with 'difficult to treat' clients.
Skills Essential
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) including the ability to empathically, sensitively and effectively communicate clinical and condition related information to clients, their families, carers and professional colleagues (within and outside the NHS) that is extremely complicated or technical; extremely sensitive and potentially distressing to the recipient; or that is extremely contentious or challenging.
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.

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