Principal Forensic or Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Principal Forensic or Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Northampton
Salary: Upwards of £47,000 depending on experience
Job Published: July 18, 2019 10:12

Job Description

Principal Forensic or Clinical Psychologist – Learning Disability


Location: Northampton

Career Level C / Expert / Manager /  NHS 8b)

Salary: Upwards of £47,000 depending on experience

Hours: Full time or part time considered

An opportunity has arisen for a post in the Learning Disability IPU in Northampton. We would like to recruit a principal forensic or clinical psychologist who is interested in working with this complex and challenging population and has skill, and preferably experience, of working with adults with learning disabilities and forensic services.  You will join a team of experienced clinical and forensic psychologists, psychological therapists, and assistant psychologists.

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. 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.

The Secure Learning Disability IPU provides specialist care for men and women with mild learning disabilities and co morbid mental health, neurodevelopmental and offending / challenging behaviour needs.

Psychology is highly valued within the service and is embedded within a multi-disciplinary approach.  You will be fully involved in the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of therapeutic assessments, functional analyses and formulation-led psychological interventions.  The therapeutic orientation of the service is a combination of CBT, DBT and ‘third wave’ therapies. Psychology staff play a key role in service delivery and in the delivery of direct psychology activities.

The service has an established DBT service and has assessment and treatment pathways for violence reduction, arson, sexual offending and substance use needs, as well as treatments for mental health and developmental disorder needs.  There will be on-going opportunities to engage in service evaluation and research activities and the psychology team in the LD pathway regularly present positive clinical outcomes at national and international conferences.

You will be an HCPC registered Forensic or Clinical Psychologist looking for an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in the existing practice of clinical or forensic psychology, in addition to managing an established Psychology team and contributing to organisational development.

To attract the right candidate we offer competitive salaries and conditions of service including excellent opportunities for continuing professional development.

The Role:

We are looking for a Principal Forensic or Clinical Psychologist to join our well established team which includes forensic and clinical psychologists supported by assistants and psychological therapists.

You will have responsibility for managing a team of psychologists and will undertake complex assessment and interventions influenced by a range of theoretical approaches. There will also be the expectation that the post holder will provide psychological consultation to the team and be involved in delivering reflective practice and staff support.


With our recent move to patient centred Integrated Practice Units we have more Clinical Leads coming from the psychology profession than any other profession in the organisation showing how important and influential it is to the charity.  We now need new people to join who will be the Clinical Leads of the future.

Rewards and Benefits: 

We offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • Excellent professional and career development and training opportunities
  • ‘Transform’ our Leadership development program
  • Pension and life assurance
  • Sickness policy on par with the NHS
  • 38 days annual leave, increasing to 41 further after 10 years' service
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Free parking
  • Paid DBS application
  • On-site facilities such as gym access and boot camp, swimming pool, café, library all set within beautiful grounds.


For an initial discussion, please contact Kelly Tompkins on 01604 616610 or apply through our website or NHS Jobs.

We are always looking for good qualified or soon to qualify Psychologist for our charity too so if interested in Psychology roles at this level too please do apply and get in touch with James Farrelly on 01604 616624 to discuss further.