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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/11/2020.

Consultant Psychologist and Approved Clinician FCMHT

Job Reference: 383-FOR-965-20

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Community Forensic Mental Health Services
Derwent Centre Probation Services, Derby
AfC Band 8c; £63,751 - £73,664 pa

Want to make a real difference and have a truly rewarding career? Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of ‘making a positive difference in people's lives’.

We’ve been rated ‘good’ overall by the CQC, with some outstanding services. The CQC commented at our most recent inspection on how our colleagues “treated patients with compassion and kindness” and “felt positive and proud about working for the trust.”

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Derbyshire Healthcare and our Chief Executive, Ifti Majid, is a national advocate on these issues. We are actively seeking to increase diversity in our workforce through our recruitment activities. Selection will be on the basis of merit and we are committed to the principles of positive action, to address any imbalances of opportunity.

We are committed to ensuring that all Trust colleagues can work safely during the current Coronavirus crisis. As part of this, the Trust is reviewing job roles in relation to COVID-19 national guidance, in terms of home working, flexibility and safe practice, to ensure positive working environments for staff and the best quality services for patients. Please note that this post may be subject to adjustments in line with COVID-19 national guidance.

The newly-formed Forensic Community Mental Health Team (FCMHT) in Derbyshire is expanding and now looking for an experienced, dynamic and innovative consultant clinical and/or forensic psychologist to join us.

You will join our supportive team of psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and enablement workers in delivering care that makes a difference to people’s lives in the community.

You will lead the clinical delivery of the service alongside holding a responsible clinician case load and delivering expert psychological assessment, intervention and consultation.

The role requires expertise in the engagement of and working with people across all adult vulnerabilities facing complex mental health challenges, within the context of the Criminal Justice System or with forensic backgrounds.

Service user presentations are varied and include a trauma background, substance misuse issues, learning or developmental difficulties, self-harm or other behaviours that challenge.

The FCMHT helps reduce reoffending and increases ability to cope with mental health difficulties in those persons who are moving into the community from secure services.

The individual may or may not be subject to MHA or Criminal Justice sanctions.

The multi-disciplinary team delivers a range of risk and mental health assessments and provides support and psychiatric and psychological interventions to enable the individual to stay safe, manage their mental health and therefore offending.

The successful candidate will work alongside and liaise with other partner agencies such as police, probation, CMHT and inpatient units.

The post holder will have experience of delivering psychometric and neuropsychological tests, completing complex formulations, group work and supervising others.

The ability to draw on a wealth of expertise and experience to deliver individually tailored psychological intervention and risk assessment according to need is paramount.

The post holder must have experience of working within a forensic setting and leading decisions about clinical need; as well as being keen to further develop service delivery in innovative ways.

The role requires you to be a registered Approved Clinician or in the process of working towards this.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for someone to help shape and develop psychological services in the community.

If you aspire to offer clinical excellence; have the experience and skills to develop psychological services and are looking to take the next step in your leadership journey within a supportive and cohesive service, then we would love to hear from you.

Please feel free to contact us for an informal discussion.

As an employee of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust you will be required to adhere to the Trust’s overriding value of putting “patients at the heart of everything we do”.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Louise Braham,Consultant Clinical Psychologist, 07785 607807


Clare Julal (FCMHT Team & Medical Secretary) / 01332 623793

This job may close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

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If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.


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DBS Check
The cost of undertaking a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure will be met by the individual. The Trust will meet the initial costs of the disclosure which will be deducted from your first month’s salary. The current price of a standard check is £23 and an enhanced check is £40.

We are obliged to check employment history for at least the past 3 years for successful candidates. Please ensure that the referees you provide us cover at least the past 3 years of your employment/training.



Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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