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Band 7/8a Area Lead OPD Service - Glocuestershire

Band 8a

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Clinical Psycholoigst and Area Lead OPD Service
Band 8a
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Bridewell Police Station
From £44,606 per annum
21/02/2020 23:59

Offender Personality Disordered (OPD) Pathway Service

(Based in Probation – Gloucestershire and Wiltshire)

BAND 8a  Senior Clinical Psychologist and Area Lead

Full or part time 0.6-1.0 WTE 22.5-37.5 hrs p/w

We are looking to recruit an experienced Clinicical Psychologist to provide clinical input and oversight to our service for offenders with personality disorder who are seen by the National Probation Service in Bristol and Wiltshire. The OPD Service is undergoing expansion to include a new Integrated Intensive Risk Management Service where there are likely to be additional posts over the next 12 months. We are particularly interested in applications from clinicians with experience in substance misuse as well as in PD and forensic services.

We are aiming to recruit to the 8a post but would be willing to accept applications from candidates who could work at band 7 with a view to developing into the 8a Area Lead role. In these circumstances we would expect the candidate to begin at band 7 and spend 9 months working though a series of clearly specified goals and training objectives designed to ensure development into the 8a position. The details of this could be discussed at interview and will be fully explained to the successful candidate. We welcome applications from clinicians who feel able to take on this role at an earlier stage and develop into the full role as described.


This is a permanent post and is available up to full time but for a minimum of 3 days per week.

This Offender Personality Disorder Pathway Service (OPD) is funded through the National Offender Personality Disorder Strategy which aims to improve the management of offenders who have a personality disorder within the Criminal Justice System through psychological health improvement, public protection work and workforce development. The OPD service is part of a larger service (Pathfinder) which provides specialist input across the AWP area to other clinical teams and probation; the service also works with NEXUS the inreach PD Service at HMP Eastwood Park.

We are a relatively large and friendly team who have established ourselves over the last few years and now have a reputation for high quality expert clinical service delivered with a practical approach. Service users have complex problems including personality disorder, drug and alcohol abuse and social exclusion; they have usually committed serious violent and/or sexual offences. Much of our direct work is group based with service users and consultation to teams. The post also includes training, work with staff of different disciplines, performance monitoring and audit/research. The work is pressurised and risk issues are considerable but the team is friendly and now well established and there is good support from colleagues and manager in the Offender Personality Disorder Service.

The post-holder will receive supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and be expected to work with the more complex cases we see, to offer supervision to junior staff and to provide oversight of the one of the area OPD Services. There is a significant amount of consultation, supervision and training in this role.

We are looking for someone with enthusiasm who can work service users who have complex needs and challenging behaviours, and who can interact positively with a range of professions and organisations in the criminal justice system. 

The post is likely to require some time at the various locations around the AWP Trust area (including Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire) and also occasionally to prisons or other hospitals around the country, so the ability to travel is important. At least half the role will be based in Gloucester developing the new IIRMS service there.

Interviews week commencing 9 March 2020

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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

Dr Ceri Jones on 0117 905 7459 or or Julian Walker on 0117 905 7459 or or Emma Hibbert (Team Administrator) on 0117 905 7459 or