An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Band 7 Forensic or Clinical Psychologist within the Forensic Liaison Team of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The Forensic Liaison Team provides a high quality and reliable service to in-patient and community teams across Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The post-holder will also support colleagues in the Probation service working within the OPD (Offender Personality Disorder) Pathway. We work collaboratively with colleagues to support them in managing clients who are considered to be “high risk” or who have a forensic history. We are a small, supportive psychologically-led team who recognise the importance of regular support, supervision and training.
We are looking for someone who wants to develop confidence in assessing mental health issues, personality and risk, and to develop psychological formulations which inform a client’s care pathway. We are also looking for someone who shares our enthusiasm and initiative about developing high quality services for such clients.
We expect this post to be attractive to Psychologists who wish to develop their knowledge and skills. This post asks for a range of skills across competencies. The main activity is likely to be specialist assessment of risk, mental health, cognitive ability and personality. The resulting report is expected to include a formulation which informs the referring care team and leads on to explicit recommendations for care planning. In addition, there will be regular opportunities for consultation, proving training, supervision of assistants and research. Furthermore, in a developing service, the Psychologist will gain a working knowledge of service development and leadership.
The Psychologist will be expected to provide specialist assessment of clients care coordinated by Community Mental Health Teams. The role involves consultation and training to wider care teams and agencies including the Probation Service, the Courts and the Police. There is therefore a need to effectively communicate complex psychological information in an accessible way.
CLOSING DATE: 4th October 2017
SHORTLISTING DATE: 6th October 2017
INTERVIEWS: 31st October 2017
For an informal discussion, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Karen Gough, Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist on (01278) 411860.
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer. We welcome applications from people that have personal experience of mental health difficulties.
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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