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Lead Psychologist - Clinical/Forensic/Counselling. Job in Cheshire Care Jobs

Job Type
Full Time
23 Nov 2022

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Lead Psychologist to join our team at Cygnet Nield House in Crewe.

This role will be working full time however part time and flexible hours may be considered for the right applicant, applications from newly qualified Psychologist are also welcome.

Cygnet Health Care:

Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988. Since then we have developed a wide range of services for individuals with mental health needs and learning disabilities within the UK. We have built a reputation for delivering pioneering services and outstanding outcomes for the people in our care.

Cygnet Nield House:

Clarion Ward, a 14 bed complex personality disorder service for women with a diagnosis of personality disorder and co-morbid disordered eating.
Compton Ward, a 15 bed acute service for women. The service will provide a safe and stabilising environment for women who are experiencing an acute episode of mental illness and require an emergency admission.

Cygnet Nield House is a multi-disciplinary and psychologically informed service, offering a highly specialised service for individuals with a personality disorder and co-morbid disordered eating. The focus is on nurturing an enabling environment to deliver a clinical model, developed specifically to meet the needs of service users within an operational framework. The team will focus on providing a positive therapeutic environment in which pre-engagement and assessments will be completed with a trauma informed approach. Core treatments and clinical models offered include such as CFT, ACT, Schema focused approaches as well as approaches such as DBT informed, RO-DBT and EMDR. Our overarching therapeutic approach is interpersonally focused, consistent, structured, safe, resilient and clinically directed.

The service aims to prepare service users for a move to step-down services, or where appropriate, discharge straight to community services or independent living. Group meetings, structured routines and therapeutic activities are to be provided to support individuals to participate in a meaningful day and within a supportive social network. As our service users progress through the rehabilitation and treatment Pathway they will be supported in engaging in socially inclusive activities such as college or voluntary work in the local community.

The opportunity

The post-holder will have a key role in providing specialist psychological assessments, interpretation from psychological tests, semi-structured interviews, individual and group therapy. You will also consider potential risks and social needs of the client group, relevant to their diagnosis.

You will work as part of a dedicated clinical team providing a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation in a therapeutic environment where the focus is on maximising positive outcomes and recovery.

You will be expected to offer psychological insight and knowledge around the clinical area and provide consultation about the psychological care of the client group to staff, families and other agencies.

As a HCPC Registered Psychologist, you will have a pivotal role in the training and clinical supervision of Assistant Psychologists, Volunteers and Psychology Trainees/Students on site. You will also have involvement in audit, policy, service development along with the assessment and interpretation of outcomes.

You will have


  • A Doctorate Level Qualification (BPS route or equivalent) in Clinical/Counselling or Forensic Psychology along with HCPC Registration
  • Experience of working therapeutically with personality disorders and complex mental health difficulties
  • Specific training in an evidence based treatment aimed at addressing trauma
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team


  • Experience with a female personality disorder client group
  • Experience of working within eating disorder services and having a background in CFT, DBT, ACT, EMDR and/or schema focused therapies
  • Training and supervision experience

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  • Job Reference: 793705802-2
  • Date Posted: 23 November 2022
  • Employer: Cygnet Health Care
  • Location: Cheshire
  • Salary: £60,000
  • Sector: Other
  • Job Type: Full Time