Clinical/ Forensic Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical/ Forensic Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Thetford
Salary: Band 7
Job Published: February 02, 2017 15:42

Job Description

At Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust we provide mental health, secure, substance misuse and learning disability services across Norfolk and Suffolk. We believe in recovery and wellbeing, and we promote physical health, strong relationships and a balance between treatment and continuing an active life.

With around 4,000 staff, we are one of the largest mental health Trusts in the country. Through the provision and co-ordination of cost-effective, high-quality services, with a commitment to research and innovation, we are striving to become a national leader in mental health, wellbeing and whole life care

An opportunity has arisen for a permanent Band 7 applied psychologist, to work within the Personality Disorder Pathway services in Norfolk and Suffolk. The services are a partnership between NHS England and the National Offender Management service. The successful candidate will be employed by Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. The Pathway already employs clinical, forensic and counselling psychologists as well as psychotherapists and assistant psychologists.

The new psychologist will join an established team working within the assessment and treatment service at HMP Wayland. The service is delivered in partnership with uniformed staff from HMPS and offers a multi-modal approach to the assessment and treatment of people with offending behaviour and personality disorder. Mandated treatment approaches include CBT, Schema therapy and CAT as well as a group-based treatment programme, ASSIST. Clinical supervision from consultant grade clinicians or other qualified individuals is provided in these areas as is regular group supervision for the team.

The post holder will be expected primarily to provide structured assessment of pre-treatment residents, in order to inform the delivery of integrated care and treatments plans. Some opportunities for other areas of interest are available dependent on service need. Therefore, an ability to conduct structured personality and risk assessments such as PCL-R, HCR-20 and IPDE is an essential part of the role and training in clinical psychometrics would also be an advantage. Further training in specific measures will be considered for the right candidate. There is also the opportunity to deliver both individual therapy and the manualised ASSIST group programme, as well as more informal group activity. A small amount of consultancy work in the community and with other partner agencies may form a minor part of the role and there are occasional opportunities for deployment within other Pathway services or the Trust’s Secure Services portfolio. The service has a regular training programme of PD Pathway skills based on individual training plans and opportunities for CPD are good. There is a preference for a clinical psychologist but applications from applied psychologist in other divisions such as forensic psychology, will be considered.

For further information and to apply please visit and search by reference number: 246-SEC26435-81534