Clinical Lead Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical Lead Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Thetford
Salary: £45,753 - £51,668 gross per annum
Job Published: August 11, 2020 13:32

Job Description

Clinical Lead Psychologist - Band 8a

Main area: Forensic Personality Disorder

Grade: Band 8a

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time: 37.5 hours per week

Job ref: 246-SEC2514545-A

Site: HMP Wayland

Town: Watton

Salary: £45,753 - £51,668 gross per annum

Closing: 25/08/2020 23:59

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an applied psychologist  to take up the role of Clinical Lead for our Assessment and Treatment service at HMP Wayland. The service is part of the national Offender Personality Disorder Pathway. The post has arisen due to the internal promotion of the current incumbent.

The position sits within NSFT's Secure Services, which  are consistently rated as "Good" by the CQC and we aim to achieve "Outstanding".

The team at Wayland consists of a highly experienced group of forensic, clinical and counselling psychologists as well as assistants and trainees. There are also two other Pathway clinical leads based within the prison, for the PIPE and Enhanced Support Service, with whom working relationships will be key. The service is currently undergoing a transition from an in-patient, residential model, to a day service and there is an opportunity for the successful candidate to develop the new model and treatment approaches according to their skills and experience. Training and development opportunities are good and there is some scope to gain experience within the wider Secure Services set up.

The clinical lead will be professionally accountable to a consultant-grade psychologist and service lead. Regular external clinical supervision is provided as part of the national programme, as well as Pathway-specific training and local line management support. Some travel will be required, primarily to London and the Midlands. HMP Wayland is based in a rural location and therefore the ability to drive and access to a vehicle is essential. All candidates will be required to complete extensive security vetting by both HMPPS and NSFT prior to taking up the post.

Applications from suitably qualified and experienced Clinical, Forensic and Counselling psychologists will be considered. Our priority is to find a psychologist who is very committed to multidisciplinary partnership working and who will support NSFT and HMPPS colleagues in developing their psychological knowledge and skills in formulation and reflective practice, while providing an ongoing programme of treatment and support to service users.  Working with forensic personality disorder in a prison environment is particularly demanding and therefore the ability to utilize supervision to regulate personal emotional responses and promote wellbeing is essential.


Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.