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Band 8a Clinical, Forensic or Counselling Psychologist - Bristol

Band 8a

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Band 8a
Full-Time 37.5 Hours per week
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Blackberry Hill
From £44,606 per annum
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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 mental illness and personality disorder to join our psychology team in Secure Services.

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-users are all sectioned under the mental health act and have offending histories or a history of challenging and/or violent behavior and so much of our work is focused on managing risk.

Psychologists work within ward based teams and are valued for their contribution to both individual/group psychological work with service-users and work with the staff team. The successful post-holder will work closely with the MDTs and receive regular supervision and support in their role. As well as individual work with service-users that may include offence focused work, risk assessment, work with psychosis, personality disorder and other psychological problems, there is the opportunity to develop group work skills in our DBT and Violent Offender Treatment Programme and work collaboratively with nursing staff, OTs, Arts Psychotherapists, medical staff and other health and support staff.

The post offers the successful candidate an opportunity to contribute to the delivery of high quality therapeutic interventions alongside a team of psychologists working within our in-patient units. There will be the opportunity to work with male and female service-users and our women's ward uses an attachment informed model of care. In the future, there are plans to develop community forensic teams within the region and thus there may be the opportunity to work with out-patients too. 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 and contributing, where required, to reflective practice for ward teams, supervision and training of other staff. An interest in complex clinical case work and an aptitude for team working will be necessary in the role as well as the capacity to manage change processes, challenging behaviour and trauma. Good support and training are provided to all staff to ensure that they can deliver high quality specialist forensic mental health psychological services.

We have expertise in working with sex offenders, violence, personality disorders and trauma within our existing team. There are learning and support systems in place through supervision and management structures and the opportunity to develop relevant specialist interests too. The post-holder 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 and other tasks are encouraged. Regular individual and peer group supervision are provided.

We advise making contact with us prior to interview to discuss the post and, if at all possible, to visit the service.


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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 Madelaine Lockmuller, Lead for Psychology on 0117 3784176 or or Dr Alison Lauder, Principal Clinical Psychologist (Women and Low Secure) on 0117 378 4170/4238 or