Clinical/Forensic Psychologist (7/8a Preceptorship - FT/PT considered)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Feb 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 7/8a Clinical/Forensic Psychologist, to work in the Low Secure Services within Mersey Care's Secure and Specialist Learning Disability Division.

We are currently seeking to permanently appoint a clinical or forensic psychologist on the Marlowe Low Secure Unit (LSU). It is a 15 bedded male LSU with specific emphasis on risk assessment and rehabilitation prior to discharge back into the community. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the provision of psychological support and intervention for males with complex clinical and forensic needs residing on a low secure unit.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide both group and individual interventions utilising a range of models, and there will be opportunities to support further training.

You will be responsible for a clinical caseload, and will receive regular clinical/management supervision. You will have management responsibilities to maintain a safe and well led team, and be involved in service development to improve quality service provision.

The post holder will be based on the Marlowe Unit at Hollins Park Hospital working 37.5 hours a week (Monday to Friday). However, we will consider flexible working (including part time working). We would also consider applicants at Band 7 or 8a.

This post is subject to an enhanced check with adults barred list Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Main duties of the job

To apply the skills acquired through specialist training and clinical experience to ensure the systematic provision and monitoring of highly specialised psychological services to service users, including complex assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation.

To support and supervise the highly specialised psychological assessment and therapeutic input provided by psychologists and other clinical team members who provide psychologically based care and treatment through supervision, teaching, training and consultancy.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines, exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within Psychological Services and delegate management responsibilities where appropriate.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

To propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the service.

To supervise doctoral level trainee psychologists and assistant psychologists as required.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities


To provide specialist psychological assessments of patients referred to the unit based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, directand indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patients care.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a patients psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses where appropriate.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to patients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans.

To ensure that all members of the clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of patients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual patients and to provide both general and specialist advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni and multidisciplinary care.

To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the team.

Teaching, Training and Supervision

To provide post-qualification training (CPD) and clinical professional supervision to recently qualified clinical and/or forensic or counselling psychologists attached to the team.

To provide advice, consultation and training and clinical supervision to other members of the team for the provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve patients functioning.

To provide pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical or forensic psychologists and/or other psychological services staff as appropriate.

To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional pre- and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.

To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the patient group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

To receive regular professional supervision from a senior psychologist in the team and where appropriate other senior colleagues.

To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical or forensic psychology in line with BPS requirements.

To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision, and to provide supervision to the psychological work of other multidisciplinary team staff, as appropriate.

To provide professional and clinical supervision to assistant psychologists and, as appropriate, supervise Doctoral level.

To contribute to the pre and post-qualification teaching of all relevant staff, as appropriate.

To provide advice, consultation, supervision and training to staff working with the patient group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate

Management, Recruitment and Service Development

To participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short-listing process and as a member of interview panels for assistant, trainees and qualified clinical psychologists.

To participate as a senior clinician in the development of a high quality responsive and accessible service, including proposing and implementing changes within the psychological service.

To exercise delegated responsibility for managing psychology staff based within the psychology service.

Research and Service Evaluation

To take the psychology lead, as a senior clinician, in the evaluation, monitoring and development of the teams operational policies through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high quality care.

To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

To undertake appropriate research as agreed with the line manager and Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist and provide research advice to team colleagues undertaking research.

To initiate project management, including complex audit and service evaluation with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services to patients and their families.

To undertake a defined role in Service Governance structures if/when agreed.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • For Clinical Psychologists: Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS. For Forensic Psychologists: Will have completed Stage I (MSc in Forensic Psychology (or DFP qualifying exam), and Stage II post qualifying training and therefore have full membership and Chartered status of the Division of Forensic Psychology or will have completed the Forensic Psychology Doctorate and therefore have full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology and Chartered status.
  • HCPC Registration as a Practitioner Psychologist based on the above.
  • oPost-doctoral training in one ormoreadditional specialisedareasof psychological practice
Knowledge Essential
  • oExperience of working with patients with complex mental health needs in a forensic setting.
  • oWorking as part of a multi- disciplinary team, undertaking specialist assessment, formulation, care planning and interventions.
  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across a range of mental health needs and presenting problems.
  • oExperience of working with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threats of physical abuse.
  • oAbility to work independently on own initiative and as an effective member of complex multi-disciplinary teams.
  • oExperience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • oExperience of leadership, management and supervision of others.
  • oExperience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • oKnowledge of organisational dynamics and institutional factors relevant to the delivery and effectiveness of secure inpatient mental health services. Research/publications on relevant issues.
  • Experience of with complex mental health needs in a forensic setting would be beneficial.
  • Experience of utilising structure risk assessments, e.g. HCR20
Values Essential
  • oContinuous Improvement
  • oAccountability
  • oRespectfulness
  • oEnthusiasm
  • oResponsive to service users
  • oEngaging leadership style
  • oStrong customer service belief
  • oTransparency and honesty
  • oDiscreet
Skills Essential
  • Well-developed skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment incorporating a range of methodologies, e.g. clinical interview, psychometrics, structured clinical tools. Well developed intervention and management skills frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to assimilate complex information from a range of sources to complete psycho

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