Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist (Band 8b)

Job Title: Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist (Band 8b)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Oxfordshire
Salary: Salary – Band 8b: £53,168-62,001
Job Published: June 01, 2021 00:01

Job Description

Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist (Band 8b)

Location: HMP Bullingdon/Huntercombe Integrated Offender Healthcare

Salary – Band 8b: £53,168-62,001

Incentives Package may also be Available

Hours 37.5

The Role:

We are looking to recruit a highly enthusiastic, motivated clinical psychologist to work within the Secondary Mental Health & Psychosocial Substance Misuse Services at HMP Bullingdon and HMP Huntercombe (Foreign Nationals Prison). Your role will involve making a difference to the lives of prisoners in collaboration with other team members across these two sites. This post offers a great opportunity for those with a special interest in working with trauma, and for those with an interest in working with people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. You will have the opportunity to use your clinical and consultation skills as well as deliver training and development programmes. Across the wider organisation, you will also be involved in a range of other strategic projects and responsibilities.

We are looking for an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience, ideally including some experience of criminal justice and mental health services. You will have experience of delivering psychological assessments and interventions for mental health and substance misuse. You will enjoy working independently and have the skills to develop excellent working relationships with colleagues, commissioners and service users.

You will have an interest in both the clinical aspects of the role, and developing your strategic and leadership skills.

You will be joining the supportive Inclusion Psychology Team who meet regularly to explore issues and collaborate on research or development projects. We will support you to access regular clinical supervision and appropriate professional development.

The range of services we provide allows us to work with our service users in prisons, extending this into community settings, tackling both substance misuse and mental health concerns. We believe that people can change, a resounding theme of our services that underpins our success is being flexible to changing need, not compromising on quality and understanding our responsibility in achieving the best possible outcomes for service users, families and communities.

Why you should apply:

  • You can make a positive difference to the lives of people who have traditionally been hard to engage
  • You will be joining an established, supportive team of psychologists who offer regular training, CPD and peer support opportunities
  • You will be working as part of an established, dedicated mental health team who are highly committed to ensuring that the patients’ needs are at the core of their care
  • This post offers an opportunity to develop your skills and experience in relation to strategy and leadership whilst maintaining the clinical aspects of the role.

The Organisation:

Inclusion aims to combine public service values, which drive the most progressive elements within the NHS, with the commitment to tackling social exclusion shown by the best of the voluntary sector. We deliver a range of both criminal justice and community based Forensic Mental Health, Substance Misuse and IAPT Services. We are part of Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which provides physical and mental health, learning disabilities and adult social care services in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and other parts of England. Inclusion has extensive experience of working alongside and providing services to Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authority Public Health Teams, Police Crime Commissioners, NOMS, NHS England and a broad range of public and voluntary sector institutions. Partnerships are important to us, we work with a range of providers to ensure there are comprehensive packages in place for our service users.

We are renowned for investing in and supporting our staff and have a strong ethos of continuous professional development. This means we can offer staff genuine opportunities to develop their careers, gaining experience working across a number of specialisms.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic psychologist to work within HMP Bullingdon and HMP Huntercombe. This post offers an exciting opportunity to provide clinical leadership for the integrated healthcare team to shape the therapeutic input into this diverse prison cluster. HMP Bullingdon is a Category B closed prison which houses sentenced adult males and also those on remand, this allows for work to be varied between, quick timely responsiveness for those on remand and a more planned intervention of care and support for those of the sentenced adult population. HMP Bullingdon serves the courts across Thames Valley and has a capacity of 1100 and is a working prison where learning opportunities are widely available to help the men on release.

HMP Huntercombe is a Category C adult male establishment that houses about 480 men aged 21 years and above. It is located near Nuffield in Oxfordshire, accommodates foreign national men with between 3 and 30 months left to serve, and focusses on providing educational environments for the men to learn new skills to assist them on their release.

If you have questions or would like to know more:

If you would like to know more about these posts, please contact Dr Alyson Smith

(Psychology Lead) on 07970 729548 (mornings only) or Rebecca Byrne Team Manager on

01869 353100