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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/11/2020.

Highly Specialist Clinical Forensic Psychologist'

Job Reference: 222-SF-269

West London NHS Trust
Forensic Psychologist
Psychology, SOUTHALL
£50,575 - £56,490 Per Annum inc HCAS

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring and our forensic services.

We are here to care for people with mental and physical illness, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries, care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

Our physical healthcare services include intermediate care services in Ealing as part of the Community Independence Service partnership.

Our national, specialist and forensic services include:

  • Medium secure services on the St Bernard’s Hospital site in Ealing
  • Services for people with complex and severe personality disorder at the Cassel Hospital in Richmond
  • High secure services at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire

We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners.

Our 3400 staff are dedicated to improving lives, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

Forensic Women’s Clinical Psychology Service


Highly Specialist Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

Band 8a 1.0 WTE (Fixed Term 12 months)

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to join the Women’s Forensic Service within the West London Specialist and Forensic Service. This is a full-time fixed-term post providing maternity cover in The Orchard Unit.

The West London Forensic Service provides secure care and forensic community teams for service-users, who have complex needs related to serious mental illness, personality disorder and offending behaviour, and we are committed to providing high quality, evidence based interventions within a recovery framework.

The Orchard Unit is a purpose built women-only medium secure unit, where the emphasis is on relational security. It provides a twenty bedded national Women’s Enhanced Medium Secure Service (WEMSS) and twenty five medium secure (MS) and fifteen low secure (LS) beds for patients from North West London. You will work across two medium secure wards with a warm and experienced Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Working at The Orchard will provide you with the opportunity to work with women with diagnoses of personality disorders and /or mental illness who have a history of either offending or high risk behaviours. As such you’ll be able to utilise varied skills in assessment, formulation and group and individual evidence-based intervention tailored to meet the challenging needs of the inpatient client group. The service is committed to Continual Professional Development to support you in developing your skills in working with women with such complex needs.

You’ll be part of a small but dedicated psychology team providing you with regular support and supervision as well as the opportunity to take on greater responsibilities and work with innovation and creativity. You will also have regular contact with a wider network of psychologists working across the West London Forensic Services to share learning and ideas. There are also many opportunities to work jointly with Arts Therapists, Family Therapists and the Drug and Alcohol Support Service. The service has excellent links with clinical and forensic doctorate training and MSc courses providing the potential for teaching, research and supervisory opportunities.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an HCPC registered Clinical or Forensic Psychologist who has an interest in carrying out immensely interesting and rewarding work with women in a secure setting.

For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information, please contact Dr Emma Foster, Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist on 020 8483 2066 / 2195 or .

We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications. If you do not hear back from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

All staff identified as at-risk and who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly.

We offer Relocation packages for some positions (including Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses) - a relocation allowance of up to £8000 is offered for those who meet a required criteria.

Registered Nurses are required to produce their current NMC Revalidation documents/Portfolio at the assessment centre for verification, unless you are a newly qualified nurse from University.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to West London NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment check which can take between 4-8 weeks. After which your information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Please ensure you include professional email addresses and contact numbers for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process. If your current/most recent organisation is an NHS trust, we will be requesting one reference from your current line manager/HR department.

West London NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults, eliminating discrimination for all groups and achieving equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexuality. We aim to create a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve at all levels of seniority within the Trust. We are therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds’.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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