Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical or Forensic Psychologist
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: Northampton
Salary: £41,000 plus excellent benefits
Job Published: December 04, 2020 12:33

Job Description

An exciting new opportunity has arisen at St Andrews Healthcare, Northampton for a dynamic and motivated Registered Clinical/Forensic Psychologist.

Women’s Secure Service

St Andrew’s Healthcare is a charity with an excellent and well-deserved reputation as a provider of specialist mental healthcare. We transform the lives of people with the greatest mental health needs and have a reputation for managing highly challenging patients. Throughout our 180-year history we have helped some of society’s most vulnerable people and today we proudly continue to build world-class mental healthcare services. Our commitment to holistic care, safety, recovery and innovative therapies and treatment makes St Andrew’s the perfect place to take your career to a new level.

As well as offering psychological treatment of proven efficacy, we are committed to enhancing the work of other professions, developing new services and carrying out objective evaluation to see how effective our clinical interventions are. The charity employs Practitioner Psychologists (Clinical, Forensic, and Counselling Psychologists), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapists, Psychological Therapists and Assistant Psychologists. We also work closely with Universities to provide placements for Trainee Psychologists and psychology undergraduate students and with our Voluntary Services to provide Voluntary Assistant Psychologist posts.

Our main work is delivering direct clinical interventions in the form of assessment, formulation and treatment involving individual service users, families and groups. We also provide clinical consultancy, training and supervising others in psychological approaches. We have an active Research Department and are always keen to ensure that research and service evaluation we are involved in translates into our clinical practice. All these areas of work involve psychological skills requiring specialist knowledge, the capacity to draw on a wide theoretical base and the ability to devise individually tailored strategies for complex problems.

The service

Many women experts-by-experience have clearly indicated that their recoveries could have been quicker and more robust if we were able safely to eliminate the difficult transition from medium to low secure, as well as intensify their bespoke therapy programmes and implement a well-planned discharge pathway.

As part of our organisational and service commitment to delivering Trauma Informed Care (TIC), and in collaboration with NHS England and service users themselves, we are pleased to implement our new Blended Medium-Low Secure service.  It is important to us to be true to this ethos at every level from our physical environment right through to relational security, clinical therapies, and governance processes and procedures.

This service is part of the Medium Secure Mental Health Division and has eight wards altogether. We are focused on using clinically relevant outcomes that will support the accelerated recovery and progress of patients to less restrictive environments and community step down in line with improvements in their mental health and reductions in their risk. 

The role

The post holder will cover a ten-bedded blended ward and half of a ten-bedded acute medium secure women’s assessment / stabilisation ward. The post will involve line management and clinical responsibilities and the post holder will play a key role in implementing the therapeutic interventions within this model of care. Specifically the role is about working within a robust psychological service that delivers trauma informed care for women who present with complex mental health problems and challenging behaviour. As the role sits in the wider context of a Medium Secure Mental Health Division, the post holder will have responsibilities across the Division to support the development of a high quality psychology service. 

Relevant areas of expertise are risk assessment, serious mental illness and offence focused interventions. Competence in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy would be desirable as would training and experience in delivering DBT as well as other trauma focussed evidence based therapies.


If you would like an informal discussion about the role please contact Dr Khyati Patel, Principal Forensic Psychologist: 

Closing date: Tuesday 15th December 2020

Interview date: Monday 21st December 2020