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Highly Specialist Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Forensic and Prisons
Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
HMP Swaleside,
£49,126 - £55,219 pa inc
Salary period
30/09/2021 23:59



Highly Specialist Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist, Band 8a


Full Time: 37.5 hours per week


CLINICAL/FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST – Deputy PIPE/Treatment Service Lead (tbc)

HMP Swaleside Pathways Service


London Pathways Partnership (LPP) is a consortium of five NHS Trusts delivering services in London and across three prisons as part of the national Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway programme. The HMP Swaleside Pathways Services are for ‘high risk high harm’ personality disordered offenders from London and the South of the country.  The service involves assessment, formulation, psychological and psycho-social interventions, the development of an ‘enabling’ and psychologically-informed environment, and active service user involvement as well as training, case consultation and pathway management. The service operates a psychologically informed planned environment (PIPEs) for men participating in therapeutic activities an Outreach Service, working with highly complex service users on the OPD Pathway as well as a separate therapies service.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a specialist clinical or forensic psychologist with an interest in personality disorder and/or complex care, with a minimum of two years post qualification experience to take a lead role in the continuing development of the Pathways Services. The service employs a model of ‘joint operations’ and the postholder will work closely with prison colleagues to deliver an integrated service and to develop appropriate pathways through custody and into the community for service users. The post provides numerous opportunities to develop consultation and liaison and training skills and clinical expertise and experience in the delivery of therapeutic interventions with this complex service user group. The postholder will act as deputy lead in one of the service areas (therapies/PIPE) and will be supported to develop therapeutic skills in one of the core therapies delivered by the services (MBT/Schema/EMDR). The service has accredited supervision in place for all of these therapies to allow postholders to develop specialisms in these areas. The service also has close links with local academic institutions and research activity is encouraged.  The postholder will work closely with the wider forensic psychological therapies team at the Bracton Centre and will have additional opportunities to develop complementary community skills and experience. 

The post is open to qualified clinical or forensic psychologists.  

The post will be hosted by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which has a national reputation for excellence, and offers wide-ranging opportunities for mental health practitioners within its teams.

Oxleas NHS Trust operates a Probationary Period, further details are available on request.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Jake Shaw, Pathways Strategic Clinical Lead: 01795804181 / 07810121304