8b Senior Clinical Psychologist - Bristol

Main area
Specialised Services
Band 8b
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
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Vinney Green Secure Childrens Home
12/10/2023 23:59

Job overview

We have an opportunity for a Senior Clinical Psychologist (8b) to join us at Vinney Green Secure Childrens Home. We are a multi-disciplinary team focused on improving the lives of young people with complex trauma histories.

You will lead on components of the SECURE STAIRS framework and provide evidence based psychological assessment, formulation and  interventions to children and young people displaying high levels of emotional difficulties.

Your role will include leading on aspects of implementation as agreed with the Consultant Psychologist; this is anticipated to include for example leading the coordination of formulation meetings and reflective practice, working closely with the 8A psychologist and the rest of the MDT. 

You will be enthusiastic and highly motivated to provide a good quality, evidence based psychological service within a changing environment, with experience of systemic working. You will also work in partnership with other organisations and engage with young people who have complex needs and may have had difficult life experiences, providing a safe environment where they are able to express themselves without fear of judgement or prejudice. You work be expected to have experience of supporting and providing leadership within the completion of projects or other clinical based initiatives, for example implementing new ways of working within complex systems.

Main duties of the job

Vinney Green offers a range of therapies and education on site and the overall focus is to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people; we do this through multi agency working, formulation-led personalised care planning and creating positive attachments and relational supports.

The post holder will work within the Health and Wellbeing Service alongside a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Health and Wellbeing Team Leader, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Substance Misuse worker, Mental Health Practitioners, Physical Health Nurses, GP with administration support.

The role will include leading on the continued implementation of the SECURE STAIRS trauma informed culture across the Secure Children’s home and providing supervision for the wider team. It will involve embedding the approach as a core member of the multi-disciplinary team, working closely with education and care colleagues as well as multi-agency partners.

The postholder will use their skills and experience to undertake complex psychological assessments, formulation and provide high quality care and leadership. They will provide consultation and supervision to support colleagues across the home in delivering trauma informed care and to promote emotional wellbeing. Using evidence-based practice and routine outcome measures, you will use a strength-based approach to work collaboratively with young people.

Working for our organisation

Vinney Green is a 24 bed Secure Children’s Home. Vulnerable children are placed in Secure Children’s Home (SCH) when they are remanded into custody by the courts or are serving a custodial sentence. The Young people that are placed at SCHs often have a range of complex needs, missed a large amount of education, have unmet emotional and physical health needs, and have experienced significant levels of trauma in their lives.

SCHs provide a safe place where these young people can receive the care, education and support they need, with the aim of supporting them to develop a range of personal skills, aided by changes in behaviour and attitude, which will enable them to manage safely and responsibly when they return to the wider community.

Vinney Green offers a range of therapies and education on site and the overall focus is to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people; we do this through multi agency working, formulation-led personalised care planning and creating positive attachments and relational supports.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The details of the of the Job description, Key local information  and person specifications are attached as separate documents.

We would welcome visits prior to the interview.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Paul Beckley (Clinical Lead/ Consultant Clinical Psychologist) paul.beckley@nhs.net Telephone - 0117 970 2286

Kate McDermott (Health and Wellbeing Team Leader) kate.mcdermott@nhs.net Telephone - 0117 970 2286

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent qualification in Clinical Psychology
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Relevant Specialist CPD training


Essential criteria
  • Experience in working with children and young people
  • Work with people who have developmental difficulties or impairments
  • Service development/project leadership/ clinical leadership
Desirable criteria
  • At least 6 years post qualification clinical experience
  • Working with young people with forensic histories
  • Work within a secure setting

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Paul Beckley
Job title
Clinical Lead/Consultant clinical psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
0117 970 2286
Additional information

Kate McDermott (Team Leader) kate.mcdermott@nhs.net 0117 970 2286


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