Senior Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist - 8a

Posted 18 September by NHS Business Services Authority

We have an exciting and unique opportunity for a part-time (0.6) senior Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist to join our inpatient Service in Bradford. We are looking for an appropriately experienced individual who brings a compassionate and creative approach to working with adults presenting with a range of complex mental health difficulties.

The post-holder will play a pivotal role in supporting a small MDT to deliver a bespoke package of care for an individual service user who presents with highly complex and challenging needs. As appropriate, the post-holder will also undertake assessments and provide therapy to this service user.   

In addition to this specialist role, you will have opportunities to undertake clinical work with other service users across the hospital. This will give you a manageable, diverse and interesting caseload.

Cygnet Hospital Bierley cares for up to 63 people presenting with a range of complex mental health difficulties, across four separate wards:

  • Female Specialist Personality Disorder Service (Complex trauma & Relationship difficulties)
  • Low Secure Male Ward
  • Low Secure Female Ward
  • Female Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit

The post offers excellent professional development opportunities including Positive Behaviour Support training and opportunities to lead on PBS implementation. Participation in other relevant training, such as forensic risk assessment and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is also possible. We encourage and support project work, service evaluations and research.

As a senior member of the psychology team, you will work alongside the Head of Psychology to provide leadership and supervision to the psychology team. You will be supported to undertake the full breadth of activities comprising a psychologist’s role:

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

You will be welcomed into a friendly and very supportive Psychology team that values innovation, excellence and teamwork. Our team consists of a Head of Psychology (Clinical), four other Practitioner Psychologists (Clinical and Forensic) and two Assistant Psychologists. We are committed to providing service users with a high standard of evidence-based care. 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, Schema therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. You will have access to individual, group and peer supervision, and will be supported to further develop your own psychotherapeutic expertise.

You will have…

  • A willingness and capacity to work with highly challenging behaviors.
  • A Doctorate Level Qualification (or equivalent) in Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychology along with HCPC Registration.
  • Experience of working with adults in a mental health setting.
  • Experience and training in the provision of supervision is desirable.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health conditions, as well as planning and delivering psychological interventions.
  • 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.
  • Experience of various psychological therapies/models and risk assessments.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Why Cygnet? We'll offer you...

  • Salary: £47,000 - £53,000 (Depending on Experience)
  • Support from an onsite multi-disciplinary team, Psychology team and Head of Psychology.
  • Generous learning and development opportunities e.g. conferences, DBT training, PBS training
  • Opportunities for project / service – related research
  • Your own desk and computer (no hot-desking)
  • Free cooked lunch at work
  • Free parking
  • Pension scheme
  • NHS and other employee discounts


Contracted hours are up to 22.5 per week.

Informal discussions about the role are encouraged. Please contact Dr Kelly Elsegood (Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Head of Psychology) at

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

Reference: 40917658

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