Clinical Psychologist - Band 8a

Location Oxfordshire
Job type Contract
Salary £32.00 - £34.00 per hour
Reference HQ00109233_1596188432

Sanctuary Health is currently looking for a dedicated Band 8a Clinical Psychologist to work full-time in Bullingdon.

The pay rate for this locum Clinical Psychologist job is £32 to £34 per hour (Assignment rate) and is a 3 month contract.


  • To provide a specialist clinical psychology service within the prison mental health services. Within this to be able to communicate highly complex information effectively in highly emotive situations and overcome psychological resistances to potentially threatening issues.
  • To be responsible for conducting psychological interviews, deriving information from self-report measures, rating scales, psychometrics (where necessary), direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care, interpreting complex data and giving feedback effectively and with sensitively.
  • To be skilled in risk assessment and management. These demands will incorporate frequent intense concentration often in emotionally demanding or unpredictable environments. The post holder will be expected to maintain high professional levels of clinical judgement and application of complex skills at all times.
  • To be responsible, for running and evaluating psychological tests, providing feedback sensitively. These demands will incorporate frequent intense concentration often in emotionally demanding or unpredictable environments. The post holder will be expected to maintain high professional levels of clinical judgement and application of complex skills at all times.
  • To provide psychotherapeutic assessments. This will include the collation of medical, biographical, social, psychological and psychometric information to produce a psychosocial formulation / understanding.
  • To formulate and implement plans for formal psychotherapeutic intervention and/or management of a client's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for the assessment, formulation and implementation of psychotherapeutic programmes, for the specific clinical area. This to incorporate specialised complex assessments and interpretations of clinical material. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To spend the main proportion of their time engaged in or related clinical activity. The number of sessions apportioned to clinical work, research, supervision, professional and team meetings, teaching or training and continued professional development will be agreed collaboratively with the Service Manager and the Professional Lead for Psychological therapies, taking into account professional body recommendations (BPS; HCPC).
  • To develop systems for the promotion of psychological mindedness and good standards of psychological care within multidisciplinary teams.
  • To promote a psychological empowerment model when dealing with carers, advocates, and other professional groups in relation to individual service users.
  • To engage in CPD and clinical supervision in line with professional guidelines and Trust Policy.
  • To be responsible for personal health and safety within the workplace. To be aware of health and safety issues for others within the work context also. This will reflect some physical factors including time sitting in constrained positions with clients, formal utilisation of test equipment, driving, and use of environments which may be sub-optimal. Working conditions will include some regular exposure to hazards including aggression and high levels of affect.
  • To ensure the maintenance and development of clinical psychology and professional standards.
  • To contribute to the supervision of other colleagues in training, for example medical trainees, occupational therapists and community psychiatric nurses employed within the service, as part of team working. To develop skills relevant to professional training and supervision.
  • Plan and initiate the teaching and training of health care and other professions.
  • To participate in relevant seminars, symposiums and case conferences which serve an educative function.
  • To participate in mandatory and statutory Trust training of relevance to profession/workplace.
  • The above responsibilities will incorporate significant planning of own workload and utilisation of a range of complex clinical and presentational skills.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior psychological therapist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • Contribute to the development and execution of relevant research including supervision with and advice of professional colleagues.

Requirements of the Clinical Psychologist:

  • To be eligible for this role you must be an HCPC registered psychologist, have a relevant qualification and recent experience is essential.
  • Prison Clearance


This Clinical Psychologist job is advertised by Dan Potts; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.