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Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical/Forensic/Counselling)

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Abbots Langley
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pa, pro rata +5% of basic salary, min £1136 max £1915
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an excellent opportunity for a registered practitioner psychologist (Clinical/Forensic/Counselling) who wishes to develop their forensic skills and expertise. This is a well established post which will provide psychology input into the medium and low secure male learning disability services within Hertfordshire. Psychology is an integral part of the service and is highly valued by the wider MDT.

The post holder will be based within the Secure and Forensic services of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and will be supported by the wider psychology service within HPFT which includes community forensic services and other inpatient forensic services.

Main duties of the job

A large part of the work will be directed towards specialist risk assessment and offence specific interventions (either individual or group interventions). The service uses the framework of Positive Behaviour support so prior experience of this approach would be advantageous.

In particular we are looking for a psychologist with some prior experience of providing assessment and treatment to mentally disordered offenders, as well as previous experience of using structured risk assessment tools (e.g. HCR-20 & RSVP).

The service has also adopted a trauma informed approach and we are looking at embedding this further into our ways of working.

The post can also be offered as a band 7-8a development post. This will enable the post holder to progress from Band 7 to Band 8a once they have demonstrated that they meet the competencies specified for a Band 8a Practitioner Psychologist.

About us

The psychology team within Eric Shepherd Forensic services is a friendly, supportive and cohesive team comprising both clinical and forensic psychologists. The service regularly has Trainee Clinical and Trainee Forensic Psychologists on placement. Psychology is well respected in the wider service and plays an integral role in the treatment of service users.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified psychology service to adult males with an intellectual disability and offending behaviour within Eric Shepherd Forensic Service (ESFS). ESFS comprises a 30 bedded medium secure service in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire and a 9 bedded low secure service in Radlett, Hertfordshire.

To provide specialist forensic assessment and interventions, as well as offering advice and consultation on psychological care to non-psychological services colleagues and other non-professional carers. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. To use research skills for audit, service development and research. To contribute to identifying key areas and priorities for psychological services. To provide clinical supervision for Assistant Psychologists and Trainee Psychologists within the service.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • Further post-qualification training in a therapeutic approach
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience of working within a forensic service or Criminal Justice System
  • Experience in using formal risk assessment tools
  • Experience in providing supervision to others
  • Previous experience of working with people with an intellectual disability

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