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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Specialised Services
Band 8a
Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Manzil Way
£44,606 to £ 50,819 per annum
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.


This is a challenging yet rewarding opportunity for an experienced Psychologist to be involved in the delivery of psychological health and risk-reduction focussed psychological assessment and interventions within our Thames Valley Pathfinder Team. The Pathfinder Service provides a specialist assessment, treatment and consultation service to Health and Probation Service providers working with individuals with complex personality difficulties who present a significant risk of harm to others.

The Pathfinder Team is be based in Oxford but provides a service across the Thames Valley Region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire).

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic HCPC Registered Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist with an interest in working with individuals with personality difficulties and complex psychological and forensic mental health needs to take up an important role within an innovative Psychology-led assessment and treatment service.

Applications will also be considered from newly qualified Psychologists looking to expand / diversify their experience in this complex field. The post can potentially be offered as a Preceptorship position, i.e. at Band 7 with clear progressive support through an Appraisal process and individual
professional development to achieve a Band 8a, given then necessary requirements are met through this process.

There are continuous opportunities in this post to develop leadership, consultation and liaison and training skills, and clinical expertise and experience under the supervision of senior Clinical and Forensic Psychologists. The post holder will work closely with the wider Forensic Psychological Therapies Team at the Oxford Clinic and will have additional opportunities to develop complementary community skills and experience. In addition, the successful candidate will be given the opportunity to develop special interests and expertise in evidence based interventions in line with their professional development needs and service objectives. This is an excellent opportunity to develop professionally within a committed and supportive community forensic mental health setting, as well as playing an important role in helping to shape the service.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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

John Cordwell, Clinical Lead for the Pathfinder Service (01865 902674) or Jason Jones, Professional Lead for Psychology and Psychological Therapies (01865 902590).