Psychologist - 8a
Ref: CYG07867

  • Location
  • Cygnet Bierley, Bierley Lane, Bradford, BD4 6AD
  • Salary
  • £47,000 - £53,000pa DOE
  • Hours
  • Full Time
  • Closing date
  • 13/07/2020
  • We have an exciting opportunity for a senior Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist to join our ‘Good’ (CQC rating) 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 offers excellent professional development opportunities including DBT training and access to specialist DBT supervision; Positive Behaviour Support training and opportunities to lead on PBS implementation. Participation in other relevant training, such as forensic risk assessment and evidence-based therapies is also possible. We encourage and support project work, service evaluations and research.

    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 (Complex trauma & Relationship difficulties)
    Low Secure Male Ward
    Low Secure Female Ward
    Female Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit

    You will join an MDT for one of these wards, comprising Nursing colleagues, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Consultant Psychiatrists and Specialty Doctors. You will be the lead psychologist for one ward, yet still be able to input into the other wards. This will give you a manageable, diverse and interesting caseload of both forensic and non-forensic work. You will have protected time for a small caseload of service users participating in our award-winning DBT programme.

    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 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 37.5 per week. We also welcome applications from those who are seeking 30 hours per week.

    If you would like to arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Kelly Elsegood (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) at

    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.doc

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