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Clinical / Forensic Psychologist (Full / Part Time)

Cygnet Health Care

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We are currently recruiting a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to join our team at Cygnet Hospital Bierley in Bradford.

Cygnet Hospital Bierley cares for up to 61 people presenting with a range of complex mental health difficulties, across four separate wards:

  • Female Specialist Personality Disorder Service (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Service)
  • Low Secure Male Ward
  • Low Secure Female Ward
  • Female Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.

Roles and responsibilities are similar to those of an NHS band 7 post.

The Opportunity…

The post-holder will join a supportive and dynamic Psychology Department consisting of a Head of Psychology (Clinical), four other Practitioner Psychologists (Clinical and Forensic) and two Assistant Psychologists. The psychology team is committed to providing our service users with evidence-based care, to the highest of standards. We routinely evaluate our work and regularly present outcomes at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. The skillset within the team includes post-qualification training in CBT, CAT, EMDR, Schema therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. You will have access to individual, group and peer supervision, and will be supported to develop your own psychotherapeutic expertise.

This role will be working as part of an established multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including nursing colleagues, occupational therapists, social workers, consultant psychiatrist, and Specialty Doctor.

You will have opportunities to work with service users from the different wards, resulting in a manageable, diverse and interesting caseload of forensic and non-forensic work. You will also be supported to engage in the full breadth of activities comprising a psychologist’s role, including:

Psychological assessments including cognitive, structured risk and personality assessments

  • Psychological therapy with individuals
  • Psychological therapy with groups
  • Consultation to teams
  • Provision of training and supervision
  • Service evaluation and clinical research, including dissemination of outcomes via conference presentations and publications

Professional development is strongly encouraged. We have a generous training budget and the successful candidate may be supported to undertake intensive DBT training, with a view to contributing to our comprehensive DBT programme. You will also be supported to undertake further training appropriate to your role e.g. forensic risk assessment and Positive Behaviour Support.

You will have…

A Doctorate Level Qualification (or equivalent) in Clinical / Forensic Psychology along with HCPC Registration

Experience of working with a variety of adult client groups, ideally within mental health.

Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health conditions, of varying severity and complexity.

You will have an interest in working with people with a range of complex and co-occurring mental health needs, and have a positive approach to working with people presenting with a range of difficulties including: psychosis, emotionally unstable personality traits; deliberate self-harm; physical and verbal aggression; history of sexual offending; drug and alcohol problems.

Knowledge of psychological assessment and formulation in healthcare, as well as planning and delivering psychological interventions.

Experience of various psychological therapies/models and risk assessments.

Training and supervision experience is desirable.

The ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Why Cygnet? We'll offer you...

  • Salary: £40,000 (pro rata)
  • Support from an onsite multi-disciplinary team, Psychology team and Head of Psychology.
  • Generous learning and development opportunities e.g. DBT training
  • Opportunities to become involved in Research
  • NHS and other employee discounts
  • Free meals at work
  • Free parking
  • Pension scheme


Contracted hours: up to 37.5 per week. We will also consider applications from those who are seeking part time hours / flexible working arrangements.

Please note: successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

You are welcome to apply with your CV. We will also require you to complete an application through NHS jobs.

What next?

Informal visits / telephone calls are welcome from interested candidates. Please contact Dr Kelly Elsegood, Head of Psychology on 01274 686767.

CygnetHealth Care have been providing a national network of high quality specialist services for over 30 years.

If you care about making a difference – every day – we want to talk to you!

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