Clinical / Forensic Psychologist
Ref: CYG08637

  • Location
  • Cygnet Taunton, Orchard Portman, Taunton, TA3 7BQ
  • Salary
  • up to £50,000 (Depending on Experience)
  • Hours
  • Full Time
  • Closing date
  • 12/03/2020
  • We are currently recruiting a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to join our team at Cygnet Hospital Taunton in Somerset.

    Cygnet Hospital Taunton is a 54 bed CQC rated 'Good' site that provides specialist inpatient services the following; 2 male adult acute wards, 1 male older adult acute, 1 female older adult acute and 1 male pre-discharge older adult.

    The Opportunity...

    The post-holder will have a key role in providing specialist psychological assessments, interpretation from psychological tests, semi-structured interviews, individual and group therapy to a range of clients at the service. You will also consider potential risks and social needs of the client group, relevant to their diagnosis.

    You will provide a high quality psychology service to a range of clients on Sycamore and Peacocks Ward, sharing a caseload with the onsite Head of Psychology of approximately 15. Sycamore Ward provides a safe and stabilising environment for men who are experiencing an acute episode of mental illness and require an emergency admission, and Peacocks Ward is a small and supportive four bedded step down service. It is a peaceful and quiet environment which has the sole aim of working with service users to plan for their discharge out of hospital.

    This role will be working as part of an interdisciplinary team comprising of; a Consultant Psychiatrist, Specialty Doctor, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Assistant Psychologists and Health Care Support Workers. You will be expected to offer psychological insight and knowledge around the clinical area and provide consultation about the psychological care of the client group to staff, families and other agencies.

    As a HCPC Registered Psychologist, you will have a pivotal role in the training and clinical supervision of Assistant Psychologists, Volunteers and Psychology Trainees/Students on site. You will also have involvement in audit, policy, service development along with the assessment and interpretation of outcomes.

    You will have…


    • A Doctorate Level Qualification (or equivalent) in Clinical or Forensic Psychology along with HCPC Registration 
    • Experience with an adult mental health client group, preferably working with acute clients  
    • Experience and knowledge of psychological assessment, treatment and therapies within mental health 
    • The ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team


    • Experience working with clients who have a diagnosis of psychosis and/or personality disorder
    • Experience delivering DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) or CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
    • Training and supervision experience

    Why Cygnet? We’ll offer you…

    • Salary: up to £50,000 (Depending on Experience)
    • Company pension scheme
    • NHS and employee discount scheme
    • Free meals
    • Free parking
    • Internal / external CPD and research opportunities
    • Expert clinical supervision and peer support
    • Opportunities to train in additional therapies, broaden experience and enhance service development


    Contracted hours: 40, Monday to Friday. We will also consider applications from those who are seeking part time / flexible working arrangements. 

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

    Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held on Friday 22nd November.

    What next?

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

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

    Click the link to apply.


  • Job Description
  • Taunton_Psychologist_JD_Acute_ward.DOCX

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