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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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Forensic Psychologist
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Part time - 30 hours per week
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Shaftesbury Clinic
£54,223 - £60,316 per annum pro-rata inc of HCAS
Salary period
25/01/2022 23:59

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including specialised services such as national deaf adults and CAMHS inpatients and OCD.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

As a Trust, we are happy to talk flexible working.

We are passionate about caring for our service users, their family and friends and the wellbeing of our colleagues.  From 1st April 2022, it will be a requirement for everyone joining South West London and St Georges in a CQC regulated patient facing role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to hold a qualifying exemption.  Applicants are further advised that it is a condition of employment that evidence of their vaccination status is provided, as part of the pre-employment checks.

Job overview

As a psychologist working within the SWLSTG Forensic Service, you will work alongside other members of the Psychology and Psychotherapies department in providing effective, evidence-based assessments and treatment interventions to service-users across the Service. You will have the opportunity to join others in facilitating psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic groups. You will be able to contribute to the comprehensive assessment of patients prior to and immediately following admission and contribute to neuropsychological and psychometric testing where required. You will have a small caseload of individual clients with whom you can work for short-term or longer-term interventions. The psychological approach that you use will depend upon the service-user’s identified needs and your skills set.

In keeping with our obligations under the new Coronavirus Regulations 2021 in relation to Care Home visits, the successful candidate will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination status against Covid-19

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Forensic Service based at Springfield Hospital, Tooting. The Forensic Service consists of one low secure ward and three medium secure wards. We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to join the Multi-Disciplinary Team on Hume Ward (low secure). Hume Ward provides assertive rehabilitation that is patient-centred and recovery focussed. You will act as link psychologist for 16 male service-users with diagnoses of serious mental illness (i.e. psychosis) and a history of offending or challenging behaviour. The majority of our service-users also have co-morbid problems such as personality difficulties, sexual behaviour problems or problematic substance use. The Hume Multi-Disciplinary Team is a friendly and supportive group of professionals dedicated to providing the best quality care and support to service-users addressing long-standing problems in a wide range of areas of functioning.

Working for our organisation

Staff benefits include;

  • staff accommodation
  • childcare
  • health and fitness services and season ticket loans.

For further information on benefits available please visit our website.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological (and neuropsychological) tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s mental health problems and offending behaviour, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client’s problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, employed individually and in combination, adjusting and reformulating the therapeutic models as appropriate on the basis of feedback and follow up, drawing on a number of different explanatory theoretical models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the clients’ formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide specialist advice to other professionals in the NHS on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management, as well as to other external agencies concerned with Public Protection, such as Social Services, Probation, Multi Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPPs).

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary care.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Doctorate level training in clinical, forensic or counselling psychology, including specifically: models of psychopathology; clinical psychometrics and two or more distinct psychological therapies as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the HCPC under the appropriate domain specific title
  • Trained in the theory and practice of clinical supervision of psychological therapy practice
Desirable criteria
  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis.
  • Leadership and professional management training
  • Advanced supervision training in a therapeutic model (e.g. psychodynamic, systemic, CBT, MBT or DBT).


Essential criteria
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified applied psychologist for a substantive period
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of people with mental health problems, personality disorder and offending behaviour problems.
  • Experience of co-facilitating psychosocial groups.
  • Experience of working within a Multi-Disciplinary Team.
  • Experience of providing teaching, training and supervision.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in forensic and/or substance misuse services.
  • Experience of leading on areas of service development.
  • Experience of leading a research project.


Essential criteria
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical skills and judgement.
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence-based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical and applied psychology
  • High standard of report writing for communication with professionals from NHS, Local Authority and other agencies, parents/carers and clients.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies to treat people in secure settings.
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychological practitioners
  • High-level knowledge and skills in specialist neuropsychological assessment of adults
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups


Essential criteria
  • To demonstrate a respectful, warm and compassionate approach to service-users, friends and family members and colleagues at all times.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Service, the Trust and from other agencies, including the non-statutory sector, in order to promote effective team working with clients.
  • The ability to be resilient in a demanding and emotive environment and to use appropriate support mechanisms where necessary
  • Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self-care and to monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to promote psychological models with clients and staff in an understandable and person-centred way, clearly outlining goals and potential outcomes.


Essential criteria
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
Desirable criteria
  • Willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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 Simon Wels
Job title
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
0203 513 6729