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Clinical Lead Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Forensic Personality Disorder
Band 8a
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
HMP Wayland
£42,414 - £49,969 gross per annum
04/02/2019 23:59
Interview date

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

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Following additional funding from service commissioners the national Personality Disorder Pathway services at HMP Wayland are experiencing significant expansion. As part of this exciting period of innovation and development, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is currently looking to recruit a suitably qualified, 8a applied psychologist, to fulfil the position of Clinical Lead for its new Enhanced Support Service.

The service will consist of a small clinical team of psychology and specialist nursing staff, as well as a prison officer, and is intended to increase the direct support available to offenders across the prison with personality-based difficulties and HMPS staff responsible for their management. The position is open to applied psychologists from any division with relevant skills and experience.

NSFT currently holds three contracts to deliver PD Pathway services in partnership with HMPPS; an Assessment and Treatment service and a progression PIPE, both based at HMP Wayland (a Cat C male prison) and a community consultation contract with NPS. Both the A&T service and the PIPE have achieved Enabling Environment status with the Royal College of Psychiatrists’. The Pathway services at Wayland were described as "excellent" in a 2017 inspection report by HMIP, and NSFT's Secure Services recently retained an overall rating of "good", following CQC inspection.

The post holder will be responsible, with the supervision of a consultant- grade service lead, for the day to day running of the service and leading a small clinical team. Responsibilities include: ensuring the provision of clinical and forensic assessment work; case formulation; brief intervention; delivery of tailored individual care plans; support and training to HMPPS colleagues; liaison with other agencies and services; supervision and/or line management of staff within the service; assisting the service lead with contract delivery.

The current team at Wayland consists of forensic, clinical and counselling psychologists as well as both trainee and assistant psychologists, allied health professionals and prison officers. Regular support is provided through relevant training, line management and group and individual supervision. Opportunities for CPD are good. The job requires working with a particularly challenging client group (personality disordered offenders) in a prison environment. Therefore, cognitive flexibility, ability to adapt to a fluid operational environment and an ability to use supervision effectively to manage emotional responses is essential, as is a commitment to healthy ways of working.

Some travel will be required, primarily locally and occasionally to London and the Midlands. HMP Wayland is based in a rural location and therefore, the ability to drive and use of a car is essential. All candidates will be required to complete extensive security vetting by both HMPS and NSFT prior to taking up the post.

Please be aware that the job description attached is generic. Further information about the actual position is available in the additional documents.


Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • gym membership
  • NHS discounts and many more.

To find out more about the job role click the job description, then click APPLY to start your candidate experience today!

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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

Karl Williams, Service Lead, 01953 804153.


If you have problems applying, contact

01603 421137