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Job Description Forensic Psychologist

Job Summary

The primary focus will be to provide psychologically informed training and consultation on the care and management of offenders with complex forensic and mental health needs to non-psychology frontline practitioners such as probation, hostel workers, keyworkers and the police. The postholder will also be expected to undertake some joint work with case workers which might involve, for example, psychological assessment and intervention.

Main responsibilities-Job Description Forensic Psychologist

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities-Job Description Forensic Psychologist

Free Job Description Forensic Psychologist


3.1.1 To provide psychological assessments of referred clients, using interview, formal psychometric and other assessment methods as appropriate.


3.1.2 To provide psychological interventions to a small caseload of referred clients, working jointly or in conjunction with other frontline practitioners such as the client’s keyworker or probation officer.


3.1.3 To formulate and devise psychological treatment and management plans for referred clients with a range of problems of severity and complexity, including those with challenging behaviours, and to provide psychological treatment for such clients, using a range of psychological interventions appropriate to the service.

3.1.4 To provide psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals, to assist in the formulation, diagnosis and treatment of clients.


3.1.5 To provide reports and/or communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients.


3.1.6 To liaise with other staff within the team and from a range of other agencies in the care provided to clients


3.2 Teaching, training, and supervision


3.2.1 To provide professional and clinical supervision to staff within the team.


3.2.2 To provide specialist consultation on risk assessment and management of offenders in the community with complex mental health and risk needs


3.2.3 To provide psychologically-informed advice, consultation, training and supervision to other psychology and non-psychology professionals


3.3 Management, policy and service development


3.3.1 To lead the development of a psychologically-informed approach to risk/case management with local professionals and practitioners


3.3.2 To implement and develop the strategy for local implementation of the national offender personality disorder pathway strategy


3.3.3 To contribute to the development of strategy


3.3.4 To manage assistant psychologist(s) within the team




3.4 Research, audit and service evaluation

3.4.1 To utilise evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.


3.4.2 To participate in and contribute to clinical audit and service evaluation with colleagues within the service, to help evaluate and improve service provision.


3.5 General

3.5.1 To participate in regular clinical professional supervision and appraisal.












3.5.2 To maintain and develop the highest standards of practice, through active participation in continuing professional development and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in psychological practice in areas related to the post.


3.5.3 To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues of relevance to the service and client group.


5.4 To undertake such other duties and responsibilities, appropriate to the grade of the post, as may be agreed with the Personality Disorder Project Lead Psychologist and Lead for Personality Disorder Services.



Doctoral level (equivalent) training in clinical, forensic or counselling psychology


Post-graduate doctoral (equivalent) level qualification in clinical, forensic or counselling psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence.


Current registration with the Health Professions Council as a clinical psychologist, forensic psychologist or a counselling psychologist


Completion of further post-doctoral post-qualification specialist training in areas of practice relevant to the post



Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including forensic, community, outpatient and inpatient settings.










Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.


Significant post-qualification experience working with the client group of the post or a related client group.


Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.



Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.



Skills in the use of a range of methods of psychological assessment (including psychometric tests), intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in adult mental health, including challenging behaviours.


Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.



Doctoral (equivalent) level knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.

Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health/criminal justice

Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the Health Professions Council and British Psychological Society



Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting.

Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.


Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.

Interest and ability to contribute to service development