Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per annum | Pro rata
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in complexity, longer-term therapeutic work, and close multi-disciplinary team working?

The Forensic Psychology department is seeking to recruit a Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist to join to join our multidisciplinary low secure in-patient service, based at Woodlands House, Aylesbury.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the provision of a high quality psychological service within the unit, engaging with a challenging but rewarding population.

They will be encouraged to become actively involved in the identity of those services, furthering the recovery agenda, and the promotion of psychological-mindedness across the low secure services.

We welcome a range of psychological models and reflective thinking and creative approaches are highly valued.

There is an emphasis on close multi-disciplinary team working. Staff support and working with families/carers are an important part of the role.

There will also be opportunities to lead on service wide projects in order to contribute significantly to improving the quality of the psychological services that we provide.

Our psychology department is proud of the diversity of therapeutic approaches utilised in our work, where supervision and continuing professional development is prioritised.

About us

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

For informal inquiries about the post please contact Dr Claudia Koch, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (

This post is full-time, although part-time applicants will be considered. It includes an annual recruitment and retention payment for working in secure services.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Satisfactory completion of a British Psychological Society accredited Doctoral Level postgraduate professional training course in Clinical, Counselling or Forensic psychology.
  • Eligibility for entry onto the Register of Chartered Psychologists.
  • Post qualification training in specialist area of clinical work, relevant to a forensic population
Knowledge Essential
  • Well developed theoretical and practical knowledge of the field of clinical, counselling or forensic psychology, consistent with doctoral level professional training.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific 'difficult to treat' groups (e.g. personality disorder, challenging behaviour, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment commensurate with doctoral level training, including specialist clinical interviewing, behavioural observation, complex psychometric testing and specialist neuropsychological testing.
  • Skills commensurate with doctoral level training in the formulation of problems from a psychological perspective and in the implementation of highly specialist psychological therapies, interventions and management techniques that are appropriate for use with complex presenting problems. Able to deliver established/evidenced based psychological therapy to fidelity.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, with clients of all ages across the lifespan and of wide-ranging presenting problems that reflect the full spectrum of clinical complexity and severity.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with 'difficult to treat' clients.

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