Forensic Psychologist/Occupational Therapist

Job Locations Chelmsford
Posted Date 2 months ago(02/12/2021 13:56)
Job ID
# of Openings
Position Type
Indefinite Full-Time
GBP £40,057.00/Yr.
GBP £45,839.00/Yr.


We are The Forward Trust (formerly RAPt and Blue Sky), the social enterprise with charitable status that empowers people to break the often interlinked cycles of crime and addiction to move forward with their lives. For more than 25 years we have been working with people to build positive and productive lives, whatever their past. We believe that anyone is capable of lasting change. Our services have supported thousands of people to make positive changes and build productive lives with a job, family, friends and a sense of community. In 2020 Forward Trust introduced an exciting addition to the services provided to include IAPT mental health services, as recognition of dual diagnosis in our client group and to support those with low level mental health issues access support to achieve change.

What you will be doing?

This is a new role, created as a pilot, to support men with both mental/ physical health needs, which are not best to be met in the general prison population. This role is based on a 12 bed enhanced care unit next to the prison health care department. As a Psychologist/ Occupational therapist you will work with adults on an individual face-to-face basis or through facilitating therapeutic groups and work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages and should be committed to equal opportunities.

A large part of your role will be to assess a service user’s suitability for and deliver a wide range of interventions. You will provide support to both patient and prison officers based within the unit. This post is a lone working role, working alongside the officers and healthcare staff to the needs of each individual.   

You will be in a position of trust and building an excellent relationship with your manager will be a priority, as well as collaborative working relationships with partner agencies.

What we are looking for?

  • Experience of working with people with mental health difficulties and people in primary care.
  • Experience of organising, planning and prioritising own workload
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice sector and/or community services
  • Experience of Managing and developing staff providing both Clinical and line management supervision.
  • Hold a BPS recognised qualification in either Forensic Psychology or Occupational Therapy.
  • Experience of undertaking comprehensive risk assessments, including assessment of risk to self and others.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex and sensitive information, both verbally and in writing
  • Inter-personal skills and ability to relate to a diverse range of people 
  • Understanding the need for evidence based psychological interventions, in particular low/high intensity interventions.
  • Ability to reflect on and continuously develop own practice
  • Ability to work flexibly in order to meet the needs of the service.
  • Able to work across sites as required.
  • Ability to utilise training and apply to practice

What we offer

  • Training opportunities and career development
  • Flexible working
  • Season Ticket Loan Scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • 25 days (rising to 30 with length of service) Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Contributory Pension Scheme – Employer matched contributions of up to 6% in the first two years’ service and up to 9% thereafter
  • Death in Service Payment (2x annual salary)
  • Critical Illness Insurance (subject to qualifying criteria)


*Please note that all roles which come into contact with services users will require successful candidates to be fully vaccinated against Coronavirus with effect from 1st April 2022 (unless a medical exemption certificate is obtained from your GP) and this will form part of contractual offers.

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