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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/03/2021.

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 263-CL20-185-JW-B

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Offender Personality Disorder Pathway
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

As an Organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances, and are particularly keen to receive applications from:

  • people from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  • disabled people whether their impairments are physical, sensory, cognitive or hidden.
  • those who have lost their employment during this pandemic or who have been out of work for a period.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

Band 8a Clinical Psychologist – CORE-OM (is a consultation service delivered to the National Probation Service, NPS) & Rebuilding Lives (is an intervention service delivered to offenders managed by the NPS)

We are looking for a suitably experienced Clinical Psychologist to deliver both the CORE-OM and the intervention (ReBuilding Lives) aspects of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway (OPDP); the post is a 50:50 time split. This post is part of the remodelling of the National OPD services, which are a partnership between NHS England and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services (HMPPS). Whilst this service has been operational for some time, this change of delivery model will give the post holder the opportunity to contribute to the development of the provision in line with our recent service evaluation and be involved with future research and evaluation, (both at local and national levels). It will be desirable that the post holder has experience working with the Forensic population and specifically with people with Personality difficulties. They must be able to demonstrate experience/competence and leadership around psychosocial formulation and evidence competence/experience in psychological interventions using a relational model.

Within Cumbria this service operates across the 4 probation areas of Barrow, Kendal, Workington and Carlisle and includes input into the Approved Premises in Carlisle, and as such will involve some travel around these areas, with occasional travel to meetings in Leeds and London. The service is part of a larger team that covers both the Northumbria and Durham/Cleveland probation areas and ‘sits’ within CNTW’s Secure Care community services.

This post is within an area team that consists of an OPDP Offender Manager, within the CORE-OM service, and within the ReBuilding Lives team there is an Occupational therapist and Support worker. In the Cumbria area there is a particular emphasis on an accommodation /housing strategy and this post will work with Housing support workers to understand the particular relational/behavioural presentations that cause difficulties within this arena. As it is a new direction for the service, the post will also involve leading on service development, with particular emphasis on partnership working with local agencies to develop a pathway that supports community integration. There is a strong research culture both at local and national level and it is expected that all staff within the service are engaged with this.

The post holder will provide professional supervision to the OPDP OM and any Assistant Psychologists in their service and will be part of the Forensic Psychology Team that are located within CNTW.

The OPD Pathway involves working with offenders who are assessed as High Risk of Violence/Sexual Violence and as such it may be helpful to applicants to have a discussion about the service prior to an application.

For further details please contact

Jackie Milton - Principal Psychological Therapist 0191 2467274 or

Gail McGregor - Lead Consultant Psychologist 0191 2467269

All of our clinical posts (and certain others), are subject to DBS clearance prior to commencement.

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK are welcome, but such candidates will not be appointed to the post if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates as the employing body will in those circumstances be unable to satisfy the Resident Market Labour Test, as required by the Border immigration Authority. Please check with the appointing manager for the post that sponsorship can be offered prior to applying.

In view of recent changes to Home Office Immigration Regulations all applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates.

Please note if you are external to Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust you will be subject to a six month probationary period (this does not apply to those not under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service).

You will also be encouraged to complete your Mandatory training via E-learning before you commence into post.

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If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

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

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