Senior Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pa
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a band 8a permanent position for a clinical, forensic or counselling psychologist to join our forensic psychology department at the Newsam Centre in Leeds. This is a low secure service consisting of a male rehab pathway, a male assessment and treatment pathway and a female mixed (assessment and treatment and rehab) pathway. There is also a forensic outreach team that the successful applicant with work into. Please note, there may also be an opportunity arise for a similar position to this at our York site, Clifton House. If so, we will hope to also recruit for this post from this interview process.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist psychological services to the staff and service users on the Newsam Centre wards and forensic outreach team. The post holder will be responsible for assessing and treating their own specialist caseload of clients and to maintain associated records. The post holder will provide clinical supervision to other psychologists, assistant psychologists and non-psychologists within the service. They will provide leadership to the psychology team on the site they are based. They will have the skills and experience to work autonomously and make appropriate decisions without opportunity to consult more widely at times. The post holder will conduct psychologically informed risk assessments and formulations alongside the MDT and will support staff to develop appropriate forums for case discussions, team formulations and reflective practice. The post holder will undertake audit, research and service development projects across the whole service.

About us

We are a high quality, high performing NHS foundation trust. We are the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York as well as some highly specialised services across the country.We employ around 3,000 staff and every year we have contact with over 25,000 service users. Our vision is to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice. Our ambition is to support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We need people like you to help us achieve our goals; to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination; and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health. We perform well againstlocal and national targetsand inour most recent CQC inspection, 85% of our services were rated good or outstanding.As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

Leeds and York Forensic Services are looking for a highly motivated band 8a psychologist. The successful candidate would join our enthusiastic and supportive Forensic Psychological Services Department working in low secure services at our Leeds site (please note, there is the possibility of a similar position at our York site). This post will be mainly based on our female inpatient pathway (mixed assessment and treatment ward and rehab ward), whilst providing some input into the community and consultation service. There are also opportunities to work into our male assessment and treatment pathway and male rehab pathway. Whilst the post will initially be based in the female stream of the service, there may be some movement with this in the longer-term dependant upon service need.

As the successful candidate you will join a respected and valued department. Through a mixture of direct clinical work and indirect interventions, you will use leadership skills to promote and help embed the service-wide clinical model of Trauma Informed Care.

We are passionate about supporting teams and services to be psychologically-informed, maximising therapeutic potential and proportionate risk management. The successful applicant will be committed to working within an MDT environment and adapting interventions for people with complex, diverse needs, who pose a risk of harm. They will share the teams service-user-centred approach promoting collaborative risk assessment and formulation accounting for links between trauma and offending behaviours.

You will join a team with varied theoretical backgrounds. We would particularly welcome applications from those with skills in (or wishing to develop their skills in) NICE recommended trauma interventions. We have close links with local Clinical Psychology doctorate courses and contribute to teaching and training placements.

Person Specification Qualifications and registration Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical*, Counselling or Forensic ** Psychology and HCPC registration; *or equivalent prior to 1996 ** Or BPS Accredited masters
Training Essential
  • Additional significant post qualification training relevant to the service and job role outlined in the job summary.
  • Formal training in supervision of others.
Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualification experience in an area of practice relevant to the service specified in the job summary, to include assessment of risk

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