Senior Psychologist - 8a
Ref: CYG12479

  • Location
  • Cygnet Bierley, Bierley Lane, Bradford, BD4 6AD
  • Salary
  • £47,000 - £58,000pa DOE
  • Hours
  • Part Time
  • Closing date
  • 01/02/2021
  • Role: Senior Psychologist (Clinical/Counselling/Forensic)

    Site: Cygnet Hospital Bierley, Bradford

    Hours: Full time, 37.5hrs per week, Part Time hours may be negotiated

    Salary: £47,000 - £58,000pa DOE

    We are currently recruiting a Senior Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist to join our team at Cygnet Hospital Bierley in Bradford on a part time basis.

    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 8a post.

    The Opportunity…

    This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a senior position within our supportive and dynamic Psychology Department. Our team consists of a Head of Psychology (Clinical), three other Practitioner Psychologists (Clinical and Forensic) and two Assistant Psychologists. Our team is committed to providing 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, 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.

    This role will be working as part of an established multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including Nursing colleagues, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Consultant Psychiatrists, and Specialty Doctors.

    You will have opportunities to work with service users from across the different wards, so that your caseload is not restricted to one particular client-group. You will have a manageable, diverse and interesting caseload of both forensic and non-forensic work, as well as DBT and non-DBT work. As a senior member of the team, you will work alongside the Head of Psychology and another senior psychologist to provide leadership and supervision to other team members. You will also be supported to engage in the full breadth of activities comprising a psychologist’s role:

    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 foundation 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/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 - £58,000pa DOE
    • 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

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

  • Location Information
  • Cygnet Hospital Bierley provides a range of low secure, specialist and psychiatric intensive care services for men and women, including a specialist personality disorder service for women.

    The hospital is set across four wards offering single-sex male and female specialist mental health services in low secure and locked environments. All our services are provided under the umbrella of a recovery orientated approach and are reviewed through the CPA framework.


    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.


  • Job Description
  • Senior_JD_Person_Spec_Bierley.doc

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