Clinical / Forensic Psychologist
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
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We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and compassionate clinical or forensic psychologist to work within our low secure ward and our community forensic team. The post is part of an established and highly visible psychology service and is within a comprehensive MDT.
The post involves working with adults with complex mental health problems who also present (or have historically presented) a risk of harm to others. Twynham ward is a 12 bed, low secure ward with a strong focus on rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. The ward has recently gained its Enabling Environments accreditation. The Community Forensic Team manages people who have been discharged from Twynham ward or other hospitals. At times you will be required to undertake some assessments within other hospitals and prisons.
This is interesting and stimulating work where you will be able to use a range of assessment, formulation, risk assessment, neuropsychology assessments and intervention skills. Ideally you will have had previous forensic experience and you may currently be working within another forensic service or within a prison. We are willing to consider people without forensic experience should you wish to change specialties. There is a high level of professional support available within the team.
We also offer case discussion, reflective practice and teaching. There is a strong commitment to further supervision, training and development and funding for additional training is available.
Main duties of the job
The Forensic Service aims to:
- Offer an excellent service to people with a complex mental health problem and offending behaviours.
- For our service users to make a recovery and to be reintegrated back into the local community
- To work with other parts of the organisation through consultation and teaching.
Main Duties of the job:
The main duties of the job are to undertake assessment and intervention of patients admitted to Twynham ward and within the Community Forensic Team.
To supervise Assistant Psychologists and trainees.
To participate in teaching and training
To contribute to audit and research within the department.
Key skills for this role include:
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with people at different levels and across organisations
Experience of supervision
Experience of leadership
Experience of reflective practice or supporting staff
Understanding of the challenges facing forensic patients
Trauma informed practice
At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.
We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.
Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.
Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.
For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.
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Recruitment & Retention payment
There is a Recruitment & Retention payment attached to this post, which amounts to a payment of £8,000 on successful appointment and an additional payment of up to £8,000 relocation expenses should you be required to relocate.
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