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Band 8a Clinical Psychologist - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
The Pathfinder Forensic Personality Disorder Service is looking to recruit a highly motivated, experienced Clinical Psychologist to join their established team. Pathfinder is a tertiary level multidisciplinary service for individuals with a primary diagnosis of personality disorder (PD) within Secure Services across the South West. It is located at Blackberry Hill Hospital, Bristol and is part of the South West Provider Collaborative which commissions adult secure services in the South West region.

The Service is part of Secure Local Delivery Unit within AWP NHS Trust and has close working links with the Community Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway Service and Nexus OPD Pathway Service at HMP Eastwood Park.

The main responsibilities of the Service are to:
  • Carry out gatekeeping assessments of service users with a primary diagnosis of PD who are referred for a secure in-patient admission
  • Oversee care pathway management of the clinical cohort who are admitted to secure services across the South West Region (and beyond for Out Of Area placements)
  • Provide specialist clinical advice and recommendations to the NHS England case managers about the most appropriate care pathway for an individual
  • Support secure services teams to work with these service users through consultation, training and clinical supervision

Main duties of the job

You would work under the leadership and supervision of a Principal Clinical Psychologist and the main responsibilities would be:
  • Providing highly specialist assessment and formulation
  • Offering psychologically-informed guidance and consultation on care pathway management for this clinical group to colleagues and stakeholders across the region
  • Engaging in audit, evaluation and service improvement
  • Providing clinical supervision within the team
  • Designing and delivering training to staff across the region

About us

We can offer opportunities to develop your specialist clinical skills through training, profession-specific support and development supervision. There is an established team culture of strong multidisciplinary working, clinical supervision, reflective practice and Continuing Professional Development. The post-holder should have a relevant qualification with some clinical experience of working with people with personality disorder in a forensic setting. Experience of systemic working would be advantageous.

A visit to the service is an essential part of the recruitment process.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide highly specialist psychological assessment to patients andcarers as appropriate to the service.

To provide highly specialist advice and consultation on clients formulation and psychological management to other non-psychologist colleagues.

To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by the various teams in the area and where appropriate outside of the area.

To clinically supervise trainee clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, less experienced psychology staff, and other professionals.

To contribute to audit, research, policy and service development within the areas served by the Psychological Therapies Service.

To develop and deliver training in psychological therapies for multidisciplinary staff.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent.
  • HCPC Registered
  • Post qualification and further specialist training in specified specialist intervention.
  • Clinical supervision/ consultation with other professionals.
  • Training others in MH services topics.
  • Experience of working with personality disorder/complex needs
  • Experience of working in a forensic setting

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