Practitioner Psychologist - Clinical/Forensic/Counselling

Main area
Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist
Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week (working days will be split: 2 days with Next Steps, 3 days with Harvest)
Job ref
Bodmin Police Hub / Harvest Ward, Bodmin Hospital
£50,952 - £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
27/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced Practitioner Psychologist to work across two settings within our Trust.

Harvest Ward is a dynamic, compassionate nurse led service. It aims to support those service users of the trust in their most serious crises in a low stimulus, positive, enabling and emotionally containing environment.

The unit is led by an aspirational team and supported  by an operational management team committed to getting the best outcomes for service users. The ward culture is compassionate, open and flexible in the face of diverse challenges. We hope to attract a Psychologist who is keen to work with people experiencing psychotic and mood disorders in intensive and distressing ways, being an active part of a ward team enabling people to manage themselves and carry over their progress to more open, less structured settings.

The Next Steps Service is a consortium of different Mental Health providers from both statutory and non-statutory settings. The team aims to engage people in entrenched homelessness and work with them and the wider system to reduce the impact of homelessness on mental health, as well as reducing the impact of mental health difficulties on people’s ability to obtain or maintain accommodation.  The successful applicant will supervise a  Psychological Assistant in delivering assessments and interventions for a wide range of clients in a range of settings.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention service to inpatient. Offer advice and consultation on psychological care and treatment
  • Contribute to the development of clinical pathways and  utilise research skills to monitor, audit, and suggest further developments for the service
  • Take a leading role in reducing restrictive interventions and developing a trauma informed approach in each service are
  • Take a leading role in the development of a psychological formulation-led approach to understanding the service user, establishing a shared understanding within the MDT of a service user’s presentation, clear goals for their  care episode and care progression
  • Lead on the provision of regular reflective practice sessions with staff
  • Provide consultation and advice to colleagues, particularly around assessment, formulation, risk assessment and management of clients
  • Provide suitable training and on-going supervision to staff of other professions and services
  • Participate in inpatient service developments, including undertaking relevant training and supervision, as appropriate and in consultation with the Lead Psychologists
  • Undertake appropriate audit, research and provide research advice to other staff. To also maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health
  • Carry an autonomous specialist caseload of service users, and provide clinical supervision

Working for our organisation

We’re an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people’s physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see ‘supporting documents’.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (as approved by HCPC/BPS) Or Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (as approved by HCPC/BPS). Or Doctorate in Forensic Psychology / BPS doctoral-level Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2) (as approved by HCPC/BPS) Or Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (Postgraduate doctoral level training in Clinical/Counselling Psychology or its equivalent for those trained before 1996 or outside the UK), as approved by the HCPC; including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice, including training in supervision skills.
  • Relevant prior experience of working as a qualified practitioner psychologist in adult mental health or an associated client group where the experience gained is relevant and transferable.


Essential criteria
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to analyse highly complex information in which expert opinion may differ to allow the formulation of an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Skills in the ability to organise on-going and complex activities including managing own caseload and those of others and waiting lists.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups

At Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we are proud to prioritise the development of our people. To support this, the following opportunities are available:

  • Career conversations and individual development plans for succession planning and talent management
  • Protected CPD time for registered staff
  • Access to a dedicated central development fund supporting CPD for all staff
  • Leadership and Management development programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • A full clinical induction programme for operational skills
  • Access to a care certificate programme for our band 1-4 clinical staff
  • A bespoke and robust preceptorship programme to support newly qualified staff
  • Individual professional development programmes

Being part of a successful NHS Foundation Trust brings a portfolio of rewards and benefits for our staff. These include:

  • Suite of health and wellbeing initiatives to support our colleagues physical and mental health
  • Free access to individual HARP portfolios to support revalidation for nursing staff
  • Free DBS checks where required
  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • The Trust reimburses all application costs for staff eligible to apply for EU settlement status.

The Trust reserves the right to close this advert once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process you will be contacted via email regarding interview details.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust welcomes and values individuals with lived experience of mental or physical ill health joining our workforce. We aspire to have a culture that develops, promotes and supports lived experience roles - throughout the organisation.

If you are successful, you agree to Occupational Health accessing your health records from your current or previous employer to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. Appointments are subject to full three year satisfactory references therefore please ensure you include correct contact details for your nominated referees including email addresses.

Any general recruitment queries, please contact our recruitment team on 01208 834644

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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

John Morgan
Job title
Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Applicants interested in discussing this post should contact:-

Mel Pearce, Ward Manager, Harvest Ward PICU, Bodmin Hospital – 01209 251451

John Morgan or Andrew Pritchard, Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologists – Centre for Mental Health and Justice – 01208 834747

Honey Daniels, Clinical Lead, Next Steps Mental Health Service, Centre for Mental Health and Justice, 01208 834747

Dr Kim Bowen Jones, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead Psychologist for In-Patient Services, 01208 834307.

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