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Highly Specialist Clinical, Forensic Counselling Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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NHS AfC: Band 8a
Part-time, 22.5 hours per week
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National Probation Service, Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
£44,606 to £ 50,819, per annum, pro rata
24/11/2019 23:59

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.


Are you interested in supporting people on the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway? Are you motivated to help other agencies strengthen their understanding and working relationships?  Do you enjoy consultancy work, training and supervision? 

We have an opportunity for a clinical or forensic psychologist with an interest in personality disorder in offender populations to take an important role in our Offender Personality Disorder Pathway (OPDP). We have a post based in Milton Keynes (22.5 hours, 0.6 wte).  The role involves 3 days working between the National Probation Service Office in Milton Keynes and an Approved Premise (where high-risk of harm offenders reside for up to 6 months after release from prison) based in Milton Keynes.  In the NPS office locations the role is focused on case consultation, creating and communicating case formulations on individual offenders, opportunities for joint working with probation staff and delivering training.  In the Approved Premises the role also includes some consultancy, but in addition has the potential for providing reflective practice, team support and joint work interventions.Our service employs a model of ‘joint operations’, and the post holder will work closely with Oxford Health and our colleagues within the National Probation Service to deliver an integrated service and to develop appropriate pathways for offenders.

There are numerous opportunities in the post to develop leadership, consultation, liaison, training skills and clinical expertise and experience under supervision and through attendance at training courses.  We take an open, supportive and developmental approach and the you will be encouraged to work closely with our Pathfinder service. The post holder will have opportunity to work with the wider forensic psychological therapies team at the Oxford Clinic and our other sites, and will have additional opportunities to develop complementary community skills and experience.

We will consider applications from individuals who might also be looking at Band 7 posts, who would be interested in a preceptorship arrangement, progressing to Band 8a within the post in 18-24 months.  We also welcome applicants interested in job share or part-time options to cover a particular geographical area, if that is of interest. 

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Jason Jones, Head of Psychology, Thames Valley Forensic Mental Health Services and Clinical Lead for the Thames Valley OPDP ( on 01865 902590.