Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. We also provide specialist services extending throughout the south west.
We employ over 4,000 dedicated members of staff who deliver services from more than 90 locations, working in approximately 150 teams across a geographical region of 2,200 miles, for a population of approximately 1.8million people.
We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery. Our staff are pivotal in everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and our services.
We are looking for a clinical, forensic or counselling psychologist with forensic mental health experience and experience of working with adults with a learning disability and/or autism spectrum disorder to join our friendly team in Secure Services.
Secure services has a large friendly psychology team with expertise in working with people with a wide range of presenting difficulties including; violence, sex offending, fire setting, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
Secure Services consists of Fromeside, our 81 bed medium secure unit and Wickham, our 30 bed low secure unit, both based on the Blackberry Hill Hospital site in north Bristol. Our service for people with learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders and forensic need currently consists of the Forensic Intellectual Neuropsychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (FIND) Team, which provides gatekeeping into secure services, Cary Ward, an 8 bedded medium secure ward for men with a learning disability and/or autism spectrum disorder, and a new specialist Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service (FOLS), which will support people with learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders who are transitioning from Cary Ward or other secure services back into the community. We are a friendly multi-disciplinary team and are committed to providing the best possible care to people with learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders who have forensic need.
This post will involve working on Cary Ward and in the new Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service. This is an exciting opportunity to work both within an established specialist inpatient service and to help us develop the new Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service. The successful post-holder will need be adaptable, to have excellent communication and team working skills and to have interest in complex case work. There will be regular supervision and support for the role as well as the opportunity to contribute to the supervision of other staff and teaching/training.
This post is currently a 0.9 WTE, but there may be opportunities to increase this to full time in the future.
*We think that a visit to our service is an essential part of the recruitment process and so would expect applicants to visit before interview.*
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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Dr Amy Canning, Principal Clinical Psychologist on 0117 3784153 or firstname.lastname@example.org