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Job reference: 165164
Salary: Band 8A (£56,992 - £61,522)
Job closing date: 12/10/2023
Job Type: Other Therapeutic
Location: HM Young Offenders Institution Polmont
Employment type: Permanent
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Job posted date: 28/09/2023
Employer (NHS Board): NHS Forth Valley
Department: Forensic Clinical Psychology/Prison Healthcare

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The Prison Psychological Therapies Service in NHS Forth Valley is looking for a clinical/counselling/forensic psychologist to join the NHS Forth Valley Prison Healthcare team.  This will involve providing highly specialised clinical interventions and assessments for mental health difficulties to complex individuals and also sharing formulations to inform wider team management of patients. It is expected that the post holder will contribute to the training of staff working with the above client group in the context of health, social work and the Scottish Prison Service. There are opportunities to provide supervision, reflective practice and to contribute to multi-disciplinary working across three national prisons.

The post will be based between HMP & YOI Stirling, HMP Glenochil and HMP & YOI Polmont.

The NHS Forensic Psychology Service in Forth Valley is part of the wider Psychological Services and there are fantastic opportunities for continuing professional development, support from other colleagues, reflective practice and to have opportunities to contribute to service development. The department places a strong emphasis on the importance of staff well-being and this is evident in various projects and support groups within the department and wider Psychological Services.

The wider Forensic Psychology Service covers the whole of Forth Valley and includes prison mental health; inpatient; community and MAPPA. We also support trainee clinical psychologists from the University of Edinburgh and there are opportunities to be involved in supervising trainees and assistant psychologists. We are a friendly and welcoming team and look forward to welcoming new members to our service.

Ability and willingness to travel throughout the area of service delivery is essential for this post.

The duties of this post require the successful candidate to be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.  More information on this scheme can be found at

To see more about what working for Psychological Services in NHS Forth Valley is like here is a short video

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Helen Bratton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist or Dr Heather Laithwaite, Head of Specialities on 01324 574 318

Please note that the majority of correspondence is sent by e-mail, therefore please check your e-mail regularly (including junk folders) and your Jobtrain account for updates.

NHS Forth Valley is positive about disabled people and is committed to offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job.  Please contact the Recruitment Office on 0330 041 4694 if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to assist you with your application and/or interview.

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

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