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Band 7 Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist - Bristol

Band 7

Main area
Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychology
Band 7
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Blackberry Hill Hospital
From £38,890 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
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We welcome applications from fully qualified or about to qualify (eligible for HCPC practitioner psychologist status) psychologists to join our psychology team at Secure Services. This includes Fromeside, our 81 bed medium secure unit and Wickham, our 30 bed low secure unit based on the Blackberry Hill Hospital site in north Bristol. We have more than one post available and hours would be dependent on candidate area of interest. Currently, we have vacancies in our LD and neurodevelopmental disorders ward (Cary) and in our rehabilitation wards (Kennet or Severn).

These posts will join Multi-Disciplinary Teams that are ward dedicated. Applicants would have the opportunity to work with a defined clinical team and group of service-users. Most teams also have other qualified psychologists working within them and so there is the opportunity to work alongside other psychology colleagues.

We have a supportive and experienced team of psychologists (clinical, counselling and forensic) and excellent opportunities for learning and development. Psychologists work across the service with inpatients requiring acute care, rehabilitation/recovery and long-term care with both male and female service-users and we also have a specialist learning and neurodevelopmental difficulties ward. We have a new Community Forensic Team and also offer Forensic Liaison and Outreach to service-users with a learning disability. We have expertise in working with sexual offending, violence, psychosis, personality disorders, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and trauma within our psychology team. There are learning and support systems in place through supervision and management structures and the opportunity to develop relevant specialist interests. Our service-users are all sectioned under the mental health act and have offending histories or a history of challenging and/or violent behavior.

The successful post-holder will work closely with the MDT and with psychologists in their team and receive regular supervision and support in their role. As well as individual work with service-users that may include offence focussed work, risk assessment, work with psychosis, personality disorder and other psychological problems, there is the opportunity to develop group work skills and work collaboratively with nursing staff, OTs, Arts Psychotherapists, medical staff and other support staff. Psychologists will have the opportunity to develop skills in consultation, complex formulation, psychometric and clinical assessment and therapy to service-users under the care of their team. They may contribute to reflective practice and case formulation meetings for ward teams and to supervision of other staff. An interest in complex clinical case work and an aptitude for team working will be necessary in the role and good support and training are provided to the candidate to ensure that they can deliver high quality specialist forensic mental health care.

The post-holders may also contribute to teaching on the clinical psychology doctoral courses in the south-west as well as other in-house courses and teaching to other partner organisations. Involvement in clinical audit, research, reflective practice facilitation and other tasks are encouraged.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

nicola collins
Job title
Princial Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
0117 378 4325
Additional information

Andy Baly - Clinical Psychologist (Rehab) - andrew.baly@nhs.net or 0117 378 4192

Reed Cappleman - Clinical Psychologist (LD) - reed.cappleman@nhs.net or 0117 378 4690