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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Clinical, Forensic or Counselling Psychologist to join West London Forensic Service. This is a full-time Band 8a post (1.0wte) based in the Men's Low Secure Service. The post could also be appointed at Band 7 as a preceptorship towards an 8a role for the right applicant wishing to develop from Band 7. Responsibilities would be adjusted accordingly.

West London NHS Trust provides a broad range of forensic mental health care in adult male, female and adolescent services, across high, medium and low security settings, as well as in a community and court diversion setting. The Trust provides specialist forensic mental health care across eight boroughs in North West London, in addition to national enhanced medium and high secure services.

The Men's Low Secure Service provides 72 beds across assessment, rehabilitation, and pre-discharge wards. You will work as part of an experienced multi-disciplinary team on an 18 bed complex rehabilitation ward.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing a high quality psychology service on a low secure complex rehabilitation ward. As a core member of the MDT, you will be responsible for developing and implementing psychologically informed treatments for male service users who present with enduring mental disorders (both mental illness and personality disorder) and an offending history. As such you will be able to utilise varied skills in assessment, formulation and evidence-based intervention, tailored to meet the challenging needs of the inpatient client group. As well as individual ward-based work, the post holder will contribute to a well-established cross-ward group therapy programme.

In addition to direct clinical work, the role will involve staff supervision, consultation and training, service development and audit, and collaborative working within the psychological therapies department and with MDT colleagues. There are also opportunities for research within WLFS.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will work as a qualified psychologist on a complex rehabilitation ward, providing a high quality, specialist applied psychology service to culturally diverse service-users with enduring mental health difficulties and offending histories within secure care.

You will hold a doctorate in clinical, counselling or forensic psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) or forensic psychology equivalent, as accredited by the BPS. You will be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

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Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Good honours degree (2:i minimum) in Psychology. Eligibility for graduate membership of BPS.
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer), Forensic Psychology, or Counselling Psychology, as accredited by the BPS
  • For Band 8a: Training in clinical supervision for Doctoral, and equivalent, trainees
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Other related academic qualifications
  • Evidence of post-doctoral training in psychological therapy techniques
Experience Essential
  • For Band 8a: Relevant Experience of working as a qualified (specialist) in a forensic clinical setting (or equivalent)
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy groups
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
Knowledge Essential
  • Advanced specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to forensic clinical practice
  • For Band 8a: Completion of at least 1 year's supervised practice in specialist forensic clinical practice
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for work with mentally disordered offenders
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of personality disorder
Skills Essential
  • Able to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where there are significant barriers to acceptance which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills such as would be required when communicating in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere
  • Able to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the evaluation of a range of options (e.g. the assessment of specialist clinical conditions and the determination of treatment options), Where expert opinions may differ
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own service user caseload, treatment programmes (individual or group) involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity Keyboard skills
  • Post-graduate level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Knowledge of SPSS
Other Requirements Essential
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Psychomotor skills necessary to administer complex psychological tests and video equipment
  • Able to complete satisfactorily breakaway training
  • Able to use database, word processing and test administration/scoring software

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