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Forensic Psychology
Band 8a
Fixed term: 13 months (or Secondment (up to January 2023))
  • Full time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week (Flexible working available)
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Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Brockfield House
Wickford, Essex
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum
Salary period
15/02/2022 23:59

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Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist (Mat Leave Cover)

Band 8a

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) is an award winning Trust that provides health and social care services for a population of 1.3million people in Essex, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, and Luton. CQC says we’re still GOOD and now we’re OUTSTANDING for caring!

We employ 9,000 people working across more than 200 sites.

Our vision is “working to improve lives” and we achieve this in line with our organisational values of being compassionate, empowering and open.

Our services include:

Mental health services

  • We provide a wide range of treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness both as inpatients and within the community. This includes treatment in secure and specialised settings.

Community health services

  • Our diverse range of community health services provide support and treatment to both adults and children. We deliver this care in community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries and in people’s homes.

Learning disabilities services

  • We provide crisis support and inpatient services and our community learning disability teams work in partnership with local councils to provide assessment and support for adults with learning disabilities.

Social care

  • We provide personalised social care support to people with a range of needs, including people with learning disabilities or mental illness, supporting people to live independently.

We are looking for individuals to join the EPUT team and be part of transforming services in our communities.

In return we can offer exceptional education, training and development opportunities as well as a wide range of benefits, which include flexible working opportunities, salary sacrifice schemes and the opportunity to buy or sell up to one week of annual leave to support a healthy work-life balance. In addition to this the Trust also offers a generous relocation package where applicants meet the eligibility criteria.

Fixed-Term or Secondment for Maternity Leave Cover - approx. 13 months up to January 2023

Band 8a Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist - Full-time (37.5hrs p/week)

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a clinical, counselling or forensic psychologist to join the multidisciplinary team at Brockfield House, a forensic inpatient unit providing low and medium secure services on a Fixed Term Contract or Secondment of  approximately 13 months (up to January 2023) to cover maternity leave. The team provides effective clinical risk management and supports the recovery pathway for service users with forensic histories or significant risk profiles. The post-holder will take on the role of ward psychologist, providing psychological assessments as well as individual and group interventions to service users presenting with a range of complex risk behaviours and forensic needs.

The role sits within the wider Forensic Psychological Services Department which comprises clinical, counselling and forensic psychologists, trainee psychologists, assistant psychologists and psychology undergraduate placement students. EPUT's Secure Services operates across Essex, Bedfordhsire and Luton:  Edward House, a 20 bed Low Secure unit in Chelmsford; Wood Lea Clinic (a 10 bed low-secure unit for men with a learning disability; and, Robin Pinto Unit, a 18 bed Low Secure Unit in Luton. Video conferencing facilities between sites are also used to assist departmental communication.

As well as applicants from the UK, we encourage overseas candidates to apply for this role. We welcome diversity within our organisation. We can offer guidance for candidates coming from overseas about settling into working in the UK and we have a programme to provide a ‘buddy’ for you, i.e. a member of the Psychological Services Directorate who has also emigrated to join us at EPUT and can guide you through as you settle into your new home. We understand that, as an overseas candidate, you will have gone through excellent training in your country of origin and we encourage you to join us.

Benefits and career opportunities:

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering.  In return, we can offer you:

  • Excellent Training and CPD opportunities for career development
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work

Day One Flexible Employer, the Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees.  We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role.  If appointed, you will have the opportunity for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional training in psychology
  • Postgraduate training including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by HCPC.
  • HCPC Registered as practitioner psychologist
  • Knowledge of models of forensic psychology, including theories and models of offending, risk assessment (including Structured Professional Judgement approaches), and knowledge of theories of offence related therapy


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to mental health staff around topics pertinent to working with offenders and/or adults with learning disabilities.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience in the administration and interpretation of Structured Professional Judgement risk assessments (including the HCR-20, RSVP and SARA), as
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to staff carrying out group and individual work with forensic mental health or forensic learning disability patients.
  • Experience of initiating and taking an active role in service-development


Essential criteria
  • The ability to create and maintain effective relationships within the clinical team and with a range of professionals.
  • Team Player, inspirational to others, ability to negotiate ‘win win’ situations.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Confident and approachable.
Desirable criteria
  • Personal experience of mental health problems.
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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 Kristoff Bonello
Job title
Head of Forensic Psychological Services
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