Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical or Forensic Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Mansfield
Salary: £41,000 - £48,000 plus package dependant on experience
Job Published: October 18, 2019 16:04

Job Description

Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Learning Disability Integrated Practice Unit (IPU)

Mansfield - Nottinghamshire

Grade: Career Level C / Expert (NHS 8a)

Salary: £41,000 - £48,000 plus package dependant on experience


Working at St Andrew’s Healthcare

We are the UK’s largest independent provider of NHS services, a unique mental health charity aspiring to deliver truly world-class care. Our focus is transforming lives through ground breaking treatment and rehabilitation, with surpluses re-invested in our outstanding facilities. You will find a welcoming, inclusive culture here, inspired by the shared values of our team.

Everyone has their part to play in the amazing work we do – you’ll have every opportunity to get what you want from your career. We are currently an Integrated Practice Unit (IPU) delivering expert care to a population with complex Autistic Spectrum Conditions and/or Learning Disabilities with significant risk presentations.

Your role with us

We have a vacancy for a Clinical or Forensic HPC registered practitioner psychologist to join an established psychology team within our Integrated Practice Unit. Our IPU delivers specialised assessment and treatment to men, who require hospital treatment in conditions of medium or low security due to the complexity of their presentation, including:

  • a primary diagnosis on the autistic spectrum of disorders
  • personality disorders and borderline to mild learning disability
  • complex behaviour that challenges, in the context of LD and/or ASD.

You will have a caseload of patients, with the tasks to assess, formulate and deliver treatment and evaluate clinical outcomes. Clinical risk assessment and management is a major aspect of this role, and you will be familiar with a range of Structured Professional Judgement instruments (HCR-20v3) and other methods for assessing clinical risks.

You will work clinically as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work, adult education and vocation training and physical health and exercise teams. You will support multidisciplinary teams to help develop psychological understanding through Reflective Practice and Shared Formulation meetings.

Psychological treatment is provided within a broad cognitive behavioural model, with a strong emphasis on psychotherapy that addresses the triad of impairments found in autism as well as offence related interventions aimed at reducing recidivism. Knowledge and experience of working with challenging behaviour using Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is desirable, as is experience of working both individually and in groups with anxiety, major mental illness, personality disorder and intellectual disability, as many of our patients have multiple presenting problems.

As well as being part of our ASD/LD IPU team, you can access a larger group of clinical and forensic psychologists for consultation. There is opportunity for peer collaboration across our other hospital sites in Birmingham and Northampton with more than 100 psychologists within the Charity.

St Andrew’s is the UK’s leading mental health charity with an excellent and well-deserved reputation as a provider of specialist mental healthcare, and as such, it provides great opportunity for collaborative work and professional development.


We offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • Pension
  • Sickness policy on par with the NHS
  • 38 days annual leave, increasing to 41 after 10 years' service
  • Life cover
  • Car lease scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Free parking
  • Paid DBS application
  • Access to free vocational qualifications

Closing date for applications: 3rd November 2019

Interviews: TBC

If you would like to discuss this opportunity or visit the hospital before applying please contact: Caroline Lovelock (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) or Cath Gerighty-Gully (Principal Forensic Psychologist) on 01623 665280 ( or Alternatively contact James Farrelly 01604 616624 or