Clinical Psychologist

Department: Penrose Options Forensic Mental Health
Work Location: Croydon
Salary: £48,631 (pro rata 0.8)
Contract: Permanent (part-time 4 days per week)
Hours per week: 30
Shift pattern: Monday - Friday

Job description:

Penrose Options is opening a brand new Forensic Mental Health Step-Down Service in Croydon which is launching on 1st August 2018.

We are seeking a Clinical Psychologist for a part-time 0.8 (4 days per week) role to provide psychological input into the delivery of the Croydon Services with the aim of supporting the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of our service users back into the community.

Our primary partners are Croydon CCG, South London and South London and Maudsley (SLaM). We operate from our main high and medium support hub which is based near Croydon centre

We support adult males, females, young people and individuals on the autistic spectrum living with complex needs and/or dual diagnosis from stabilisation through to recovery, and support the transition to independent living in the community.

Penrose’s Options mission is: “To ensure we deliver high quality support, health and social care through prevention, early intervention, recovery and rehabilitation at the point of need”.


Main Responsibilities of the role:

  • Provision of psychological input into the delivery of the service at Croydon Services
  • Taking a leadership role in the implementation of a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) at Croydon Services
  • Leadership on PIE across the Adult Pathway with the service manager and Penrose PIE lead.
  • Provide highly specialist psychological assessment of clients with highly complex conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources, which may include neuropsychological testing.
  • Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.
  • Undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • Formulate plans for highly specialist psychological therapy and/or management of clients’ mental health conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice. Negotiates the implementation of such plans with clients and/or their carers.
  • Undertake highly skilled evaluations and makes decisions about treatment options.
  • Facilitate decision-making by planning and mapping processes/interventions with members of the team to determine the most appropriate treatment modality or service for clients.
  • Keep abreast of current developments in this field through reading, attendance at appropriate training courses, and a range of other CPD activities, and to ensure that a log is kept of this in line with HCPC requirements.
  • Take an active role in clinical audits as required
  • Develop proposals and undertake service evaluation and research
  • Engaging multiple stakeholders in the service work including Service Users and/or carers


Applicants must

  • Hold a post-graduate doctoral level training in applied Psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Have post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Have HCPC registration as an Applied Psychologist with Chartered Status
  • Be trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Have experience of working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • Be able to show evidence of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients’ psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.


Why work with us?

  • Excellent core and on-going training aligned with personal development plan
  • 25 days annual leave (increasing 1 day per year of service up to 30 days)
  • Pension, Childcare Vouchers, Eye-care Vouchers
  • Growing and forward-thinking organisation

If you have a passion for Forensic Mental Health Psychology and wish to work with this challenging yet rewarding client group then this could be a perfect opportunity for you

If you would like to lead our budding team then please apply TODAY by sending us your updated CV to

All shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview where you will have the chance to meet our Director and Head of Service and learn about the exciting new challenge ahead.

All successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhances DBS and provide 2 employment references including one from your most recent employer

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the issues relating to equal opportunities in service delivery and provision and to actively promote ways of eradicating racism, sexism, and other forms of negative discrimination though the group’s policies and procedures.  

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