Psychologist: Sponsorship Available

  • Full Time
  • Norfolk, Norwich, United Kingdom
  • 43,742 – 57,349 £ / Year

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust

Job Summary

Whilst advertised as Band 8a, we welcome applications from newly qualified candidates to commence at Band 7, with support to complete preceptorship requirements to progress to Band 8a.

NSFT Secure Mental Health Services have been consistently rated “Good” by the CQC and are looking for a Registered Psychologist who will join us on our journey to “Outstanding”. Our inpatient secure services form part of a wide and growing body of clinical services operating in a variety of settings linked to criminal justice services. NSFT Secure Services offer low and medium secure mental health services for men, an innovative integrated secure mental health service for women, mental health services in the local prisons, community forensic services, criminal justice liaison and diversion services and Offender Personality Disorder services in partnership with probation services.

Within NSFT Secure Services we employ a diverse and supportive team of psychologists, including clinical, counselling and forensic psychologists, and we are able offer our team members the opportunity to continue to develop their expertise via training and development opportunities in different parts of our service. Opportunities for training could include specific assessments (e.g., risk assessment, personality disorder) and opportunities to train in specific interventions (e.g., DBT, EMDR).

Main duties of the job

The post is based at Northside House in Norwich, working with male service users across medium secure conditions. The role will predominantly involve psychological assessment, formulation and treatment with the users of the service who have complex mental health and forensic needs. The successful candidate will be supported to develop knowledge and expertise in a range of clinical areas including personality difficulties, trauma, autism spectrum conditions and psychosis, in conjunction with developing knowledge and understanding of the link with violent and offending behaviour.

The role involves working closely within a multidisciplinary team to ensure the best outcomes for our service users. The successful candidate will be supported by a full time Assistant Psychologist also employed within the team. The candidate will have the opportunity to support / supervise colleagues in developing their psychological knowledge and skills and implementing this within a ward environment.

As a team we are passionate about ensuring our services and interventions are evidence based and evaluated for effectiveness, and we encourage our staff to develop and be involved in research and service evaluation projects. We would welcome applications from candidates who have an interest in the ongoing evaluation and development of interventions and services, alongside their clinical casework.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The banding offered will reflect the experience of successful candidate, and we will tailor the support and development package offered as appropriate to the individual’s needs.

Specific tasks could include:

– Providing assessment, formulation and interventions for services users with complex mental health and forensic needs- Working as part of an MDT to provide high quality assessment and intervention to service users- Application of NICE recommended therapeutic interventions and the development of bespoke interventions for risk reduction and risk management as required- Working with colleagues to develop positive, therapeutic environments to maximise therapeutic gains for service users- Consultancy to other professionals and services to support risk assessment and risk management- Supporting the development of trainee forensic and clinical psychologists to meet requirements for qualification

– Providing teaching and training to staff and external organisations (e.g., UEA)

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate degree (or its equivalent if trained prior to 1996) in clinical psychology, accredited by BPS
  • Ongoing further specialist training/accredited short courses
  • Supervisor training, to be a supervisor of doctoral programme clinical psychology trainees or willing to undertake training
  • Registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)


  • Evidence of CPD in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice



  • Experience working as a qualified clinical psychologist (Band 7) and able to evidence appropriate knowledge and experience in practice to enable the post holder to clinically supervise trainee clinical psychologist
  • Experience of working with a wide variety and severity of client groups & clinical problems, in various settings, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Experience of working with a range of complex and challenging behaviours and exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological treatment.
  • Experience of supervision and teaching.


  • Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post



  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Able to effectively communicate technical and clinically sensitive information to service users, families, carers and other professionals, within and outside NHS.
  • Skills in neuropsychological assessment.



  • Doctor level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis.
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation within specialist clinical context.


  • Well-developed knowledge of theory and practice of specialised psychological intervention and assessment in specialist clinical settings and service



  • Able to identify, provide and promote appropriate support strategies to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours


  • Experience of providing specific support intervention and strategy for staff.
  • Ability to travel independently

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, 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 (Opens in a new tab).

Closing Date: 22 April 2024

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Job Category: Others
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Norfolk Norwich United Kingdom

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