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Specialist Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year pro rata per annum inclusive of inner London HCAs
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Psychologist, Forensic mental health nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
The Forensic Outreach Service and Support Plus has a vacancy for a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist. You will alongside an MDT including Doctors, Nurses, Recovery Workers, OTs and Social Workers.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a pioneering programme which is funded by NHS England, the team will support forensic service users in the community instead of in secure hospitals. This can improve quality of life and reduce inequality and allows hospital care costs to be reinvested into community services. Other teams in the programme have spoken of having a genuine impact on service users lives and the ability to instil hope and witness real life changes.

Specialist training will be provided for particular aspects of the post as necessary. Regular clinical and educational supervision will also be provided along with academic sessions as part of the weekly team programme. The team prides itself in providing a high quality services to people with complex Mental Health problems across the 5 Boroughs that the Trust serves.

Candidates will be HCPC registered psychologists with at least two years of post-qualification experience.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, compassionate and motivated Clinical, Forensic or Counselling Psychologist. We are looking for a part-time (0.5WTE), Band 8a psychologist to be part of our community forensic team which aims to improve the lives of forensic mental health service users as they move from secure care into the community.

This is a chance to be part of shaping a service pathway, providing opportunities to develop your skills and your career. You will play a crucial role in the multi-professional team in working with service users who have severe mental health and interpersonal issues, often co-occurring with substance dependency issues, a mild learning disability or autism, all of whom present a risk that warrants support from forensic services. In addition to direct clinical work, the role will include service development and opportunities to provide consultation, reflective practice and training.

The candidate will be supported though regular clinical and managerial supervision as well as training to develop both professionally and personally within the role. In addition, we are developing psychology leaders to take on the role of Responsible Clinician. You will also be involved in the recruitment of qualified psychologists, assistants, trainees and students and will share in the supervision of P&P colleagues depending upon experience and capacity.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Compassionate, respectful and highly skilled clinician with a special interest in working with people in secure settings. Experience of working with this population would therefore be a distinct advantage.
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychology is essential (or its equivalence) as accredited by the BPS and must have current registration with the HCPC and be appointable to Band 8a under Agenda for Change.
  • Specialist training in the assessment and treatment of personality disorder.
  • Experience of supervising others would be a distinct advantage.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council as a clinical or forensic psychologist and either Successful completion of post graduate doctoral level training in Clinical or Forensic Psychology , as accredited by the BPS prior to July 2009 or approved by the HCPC from July 2009 or BPS accredited Masters in Forensic Psychology, plus Stage 2 of the Society's Qualification in Forensic Psychology
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Post qualification training and experience of working therapeutically with people with personality disorder and/or substance misuse problems
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with mental health problems, personality disorder and/or offence histories
  • oFurther specialist training/ experience demonstrated by having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Trust Head of Psychology and Psychotherapies
  • oExperience of psychological work with people with complex mental health problems, personality disorder and substance misuse problems in a community or forensic setting
  • oExperience of the application of clinical or forensic psychology in different cultural contexts
  • oExperience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • oExperience of group work in a forensic, substance misuse or specialist personality disorder treatment setting
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • oWell developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively and well, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • oHigh level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical and forensic fields of psychology
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialized psychological therapies in relation to specific difficult to treat groups, (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.)
  • oHigh level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialized psychological therapies
  • oKnowledge of the legislation in relation to the client group and mental health

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