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Senior Forensic / Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Due to a promotion within the service for the current post holder, we have an exciting opportunity for a Band 8a (or 7-8a preceptorship) level psychologist to join our Forensic Psychology Team. The successful candidate will be based within the men's acute assessment and treatment ward at our York site. The service takes a trauma-informed biopsychosocial approach to understanding service user's presentations and risks, formulating behaviours as driven by unmet needs, and informing a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to treatment with a focus on recovery. There is also a forensic outreach and liaison service that the successful applicant may input to, supporting transitions from the inpatient service to the community.

We are committed to supporting continued professional development, with a number of our team accessing further accredited training in therapy modalities (including CBT and EMDR) and leadership programmes.

We would consider applications from trainee psychological practitioners qualifying in Autumn 2023.

Informal enquiries and visits are encouraged.

Please contact Elaine McMullan (; 07415 627909)

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist psychological services to the staff and service users on the low secure wards and forensic community teams. 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

The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) is the main provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York and some highly specialised services across the country. As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

There are many benefits of working for LYPFT including fantastic employee wellbeing support, 27 - 33 days annual leave, flexible working and remote working arrangements, the NHS Pension Scheme (LYPFT pays 20.6% into your scheme each year), coaching, support and opportunities for career development and training and education support alongside a range of exclusive discounts and payment schemes including for cars, extra leave days and more organisations such as Blue Light Card, Health Service Discounts and NHS Discount Offers.

We also have an incredible bank department, offering variety of roles in nursing, allied health professions, healthcare support worker and administration clerical. Permanent employees are automatically added to bank. Bank-only workers can choose the hours they want to work and will have the opportunity to gain additional experience, keep skills up to date, develop new ones and earn extra money without having to commit to a permanent role. For an informal discussion or more information please contact the team

Job description
Job responsibilities

Leeds and York Forensic Services are looking for a highly motivated Band 8a (or 7-8a preceptorship) psychologist. The successful candidate would join our enthusiastic and supportive Forensic Psychology Team working in low secure services at our York site. This post will be mainly based on our mens inpatient pathway, whilst providing some input into the community and consultation service. There are also opportunities to work into our womens pathway depending on the personal and professional development needs of the candidate and service needs.

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 doctorate courses and contribute to teaching and training placements

Person Specification
Qualifications and registration
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical*, Counselling or Forensic ** Psychology and HCPC registration; *or equivalent prior to 1996 ** Or BPS Accredited masters

  • Additional significant post qualification training relevant to the service and job role outlined in the job summary.
  • Formal training in supervision of others.

  • 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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