Consultant Psychologist Offender Care

Job Title: Consultant Psychologist Offender Care
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Surrey
Salary: £68,573 - £78,486 pa inc HCAS
Reference: 333-D-OC-0878-A
Contact Name: Sarah Allen/Louise Minchin
Contact Email: /
Job Published: May 13, 2021 09:24

Job Description

Main area: Psychology/Offender Care

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Location: Across Surrey Prisons

Salary: £68,573 - £78,486 pa inc HCAS

Closing: 07/06/2021 23:59

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond.  We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run. 

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation.  We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference.  We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles.  See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing intiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

We are keen to recruit a confident and experienced Psychologist to join and lead our expanding primary and secondary care psychology and mental health services in prison sites across Surrey.

CNWL’s Offender Care Services are led by a highly motivated team with vast experience in healthcare within secure environments. We employ a range of psychologists and psychological therapists with clinical, counselling and forensic trainings. Psychologists work within the mental health services in eleven sites, across prisons, IRCs and secure hospitals, with children and adults, men and women and across the range of security categories. Psychologists also lead four specialist Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) commissioned services and Sexual Behaviour Services in the youth estate.

This post will assist with the strategic development of our mental health pathways and will lead on the professional oversight of psychology staff and on our high-quality stepped care provision across the male and female prison estate in Surrey.  We want to recruit an experienced clinician with a proven capacity for leadership and innovation. Our chosen candidate will work well with a range of professions, both within the established MDTs and with the wider prison staff, respecting and integrating a range of opinions and approaches to provide the best outcome for our service users. A clinical interest in trauma informed approaches and working with people experiencing difficulties associated with complex trauma and those diagnosed with personality disorders would be advantageous. Skills in complex formulation and disseminating such information to a wide range of audience will be highly valued as will a good understanding of risk management and safety planning related to self-harm and suicide. We have a significant team of psychology and therapy staff providing a wide range of therapies (CBT, MBT, EMDR, psychodynamic and counselling). We are seeking a professional lead who can comfortably offer expert clinical supervision and leadership to our team.

Joining a large, forward-thinking Trust will bring successful candidates excellent development opportunities, an exciting career structure, and job satisfaction. Psychologists from across Offender Care come together for professional and clinical development, including a monthly reflective practice forum for senior psychology staff facilitated by an external organisation consultant.  High quality supervision and continuing professional development are integral to our approach and to our intent to support and retain an excellent team. Focused training which contributes to your own development and to our service development will be supported.

The prioritisation of psychological services within our work is evidenced by the expansion of this post to a full time position from a three day a week role, held by the previous post-holder. Job share applicants are welcomed to apply. If you will need to move to work with us in Surrey, CNWL are able to provide a relocation package.

It is anticipated that interviews will be via video conferencing.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Sarah Allen/Louise Minchin

Job title

Job Sharing Lead Psychologists for Offender Care

Additional contact information

If this sounds a role which would excite you and to which you could bring unique skills and experience, and you would like to know more please contact Dr Sarah Allen or Dr Louise Minchin (Job Sharing Lead Psychologists for Offender Care) on 07562170233 or  on 07703469809