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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/06/2020.

Specialist Applied Psychologist

Job Reference: 346-FMH-026-20-A

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Health and Justice - Forensic Service
Lanchester Road Hospital, Durham
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with an annual income of £320m and a workforce of some 6,700 staff operating from around 100 sites in Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby. We provide a range inpatient and community services to 2m people living in County Durham, the Tees Valley, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with eight local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.

We are a multi-award winning trust and are included within the Health Service Journal’s Best 100 Places to Work. The trust take a positive and proactive approach to support staff in their personal development and has embedded the Talent Management approach within the Trust, with the vision of helping people to be as good as they can be, helping TEWV to do things better.

We are seeking a HCPC registered psychologist to work within the Health & Justice Service. The post holder will work into a rehabilitation unit and the secure outreach and transitions team (SOTT) supporting the care, treatment and recovery of clients with learning disabilities and/or autism and offending behaviour. The post holder will be based at Lanchester Road Hospital, County Durham and will be expected to travel in order to meet the requirements of the post. Means of independent travel is thus essential.

The forensic services provided to clients with learning disabilities has been in existence for over 20 years and during this time has developed an impressive and extensive strategy for community services, with a strong commitment to rehabilitation, relapse prevention and community integration, via a large multi-disciplinary team comprising of nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychiatry and social work. The psychology team currently comprises of one Principal Applied Psychologist, two Specialist Applied Psychologists, a Trainee Forensic Psychologist and a Higher Assistant Psychologist.

The successful individual will be expected to work into the Dialectical Intensive Therapies Team – Secure (DITT-S), a highly specialised team of therapists trained in DBT and radically open DBT, delivering consultation, comprehensive assessment & formulation, and direct therapy. The successful candidate will be expected to complete further training as necessary and appropriate, and should be highly motivated and committed to continuing professional development. Skills and training in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) would be an advantage.

The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to audit, service evaluation and research as part of service development; attending conferences, presenting and disseminating best practice.

The service has strong links to the local Teesside Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme with the specialty providing academic teaching, research supervision and clinical experience components.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr. Michelle Small, Principal Clinical Psychologist and DBT Lead for Health & Justice, Secure Outreach Transitions Team and Rehabilitation, Tel. No. 01642 837459; Email:

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is committed to the protection of staff, service users and visitors to the Trust from second hand smoke and currently operates a no smoking policy which ensures all buildings and grounds are smoke free.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from individuals who have experience of mental ill health or learning disabilities. Our service users and carers tell us our staff should be consistently concerned with maintaining and improving care with pride, empathy and compassion.

This job advert may close as soon as sufficient suitable applications have been received. If interested please apply for this post as soon as possible

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