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Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 7
Full Time
Are you looking for something a bit different, a new challenge, a varied role?

Wathwood is an award-winning mental health hospital and prides itself on providing the highest quality of care to our patients.

We have exciting opportunities here at Wathwood in our unique Medium Secure setting.

We are seeking to recruit a registered Clinical or Forensic Psychologist (full or part time hours available) to join our fantastic multi-disciplinary teams within the hospital to provide assessment, risk management, care and treatment to aid recovery and further the patient journey.

This is a 12-month fixed term contract to cover maternity leave. It is a full-time position but we welcome applications from part-time applicants.

Candidates must be registered with the HCPC as a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist. Candidates who are close to qualification and eligibility to apply for HCPC registration are welcome to apply.

Interviews for this vacancy will be held on the 21February 2023.

The role is varied and offers major opportunities to develop your skills in many of the extended roles such as within the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy team, Substance Misuse team, Primary Healthcare team and the Violent Offender Treatment Programme team. Your continued Professional Development is complimented with an extensive training and induction package.

Other benefits include on-site Union representation, substantial NHS pension scheme, free parking, use of multi-gym, sports hall and swimming pool.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic, compassionate and highly motivated psychologist to join our teams, in a challenging but rewarding role, to make a difference to the lives of our patients.

Therefore, applicants will need to:
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Be committed to providing the highest standards of care
  • Promote and maintain high standards of care through excellent communication, motivation, supervision and role modelling

We want to help our staff reach their full potential and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to success. This includes a supportive and strong health and well-being team.

Reporting to the Psychology Team Lead,the post holder will work with a specialist multidisciplinary team that values psychological approaches. You will provide comprehensive psychological assessments, formulations and interventions. As part of the role, you will also contribute to the development and evaluation of specialist treatment programmes, tailored to the complex mental health and offending behaviour needs of this population.

You will be encouraged to conduct service evaluation / research and promote the service as a centre of excellence. Professional development is actively supported, and supervision is a priority.

You will be required to complete mandatory training to assist your professional development.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?
Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

Wathwood Hospital is a purpose-built 78 bed adult male medium secure Hospital. Located in its own grounds and surrounded by open countryside and woods, it caters for those aged over 18 years who require assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties in a secure environment. Wathwood Hospital is part of Nottinghamshire Healthcare, which is one of the countrys leading mental health and learning disability service providers, employing over 6000 staff to provide these services over more than 100 sites.

The four wards allow a gradual progression so patients can develop their life skills and become better prepared for life in a less restrictive environment.

Wathwood promotes multidisciplinary teamwork, and you will be expected to communicate and review individual patient's care with members of the MDT.

To provide psychological assessments to patients referred to and admitted to Wathwood Hospital 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, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients and others involved in the patients care.

To formulate and implement plans for the psychological treatment and understanding of criminogenic factors related to a patients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.

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

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions, individual and group.

To liaise closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team, giving authoritative specialist advice on psychological aspects of care, contributing directly to assessment, formulation, diagnosis and treatment planning.

To undertake risk assessment and contribute to risk management for individual patients and to provide advice and training to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

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

To develop knowledge and skills in general aspects of forensic psychology, as well as a designated specialist area.

Person Specification
  • Must be registered with the HCPC as a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist or registered with ACAT as a CAT Therapist (or a trainee eligible for registration in 6 months).

  • Evidence of CPD.
  • Training includes models of psychopathology, psychometric assessment, developmental psychology through the life span and two or more distinct approaches to therapeutic intervention.
  • Training and supervised practice within mental health services.

  • Awareness of issues related to forensic mental health care.

  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility, under supervision, for psychological care and treatment in the context of multidisciplinary care plans.
  • Experience of working with people, in gender sensitive ways, who present severe problems and complex needs.
  • Experience of collaborative work in multi professional clinical teams.

  • Experience of audit, service development or research projects.
  • Experience of teaching psychologists and/or other professionals.

  • Can demonstrate clinical effectiveness in individual and group work, risk and clinical assessment. Good knowledge of research design and methodology and understanding their application within secure forensic mental health settings. Awareness of current national policy and legislation in the criminal justice system and/or health relevant to the service.
  • Can demonstrate knowledge and skills in assessment and interventions relevant to forensic practice.
  • Knowledge and skills in therapeutic approaches relevant to mentally disordered offenders.

  • Research skills for audit, service development, and research projects.
  • Ability to develop therapeutic relationships with patients who are often highly distressed and challenging.
  • Ability to communicate with patients, families, and other professionals about sensitive and sometimes contentious issues relating to patient care.

  • Supervision of assistant psychologists / other professionals.

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