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Head of Psychology Department - Clinical/Counselling/Forensic
Ref: CYG36499

Cygnet Hospital Shipley, DE75 7JH
Up to £70,000pa DOE
Full Time
Closing date
Wednesday 26 June 2024

Are you an outstanding Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist with a passion for delivering high quality care? 

We need a Head of Psychology to join our brand new service in Derbyshire due to open late 2024. You will be joining us on a full time, 40hours per week basis.

So if you care about making a difference – every day – we want to hear from you.

Cygnet have been providing a national network of specialist mental health services for more than 30 years.

With us, you’ll have the chance to progress your career as part of a dynamic, supportive team. 

Cygnet Hospital Shipley:

Cygnet Shipley is a 24 bed service comprising of two wards providing a specialist service for management of Eating Disorders, personality disorder and disordered eating for women aged 18 and over.  The service will also provide treatment for individuals who have other co-morbid mental health problems, complex challenging behaviour and self-harm. 

Your Day-to-Day...

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.
  • Collaboratively develop risk assessments and care plans with the MDT.
  • 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 and the APDP programme provided by Cygnet.

We are looking for someone who is...

  • A HCPC registered Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist with experience in a clinical forensic or mental health setting
  • Minimum 3 years qualified experience
  • Able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience in the delivery of trauma informed care
  • Passionate about working with people with a range of complex mental health needs
  • Capable of working with difficulties such as physical & verbal aggression, history of offending, drug and alcohol problems and self-harm.

Cygnet Benefits:

  • Pension
  • Life insurance
  • CPD opportunities
  • Free parking
  • Free meals for staff on duty
  • NHS Discount Cards & Blue Light Card (includes big brand discounts)
  • Wellbeing centre with exercises, recipes, financial and mental health advice.

A career at Cygnet comes with excellent benefits. Whether it’s saving you money on the high street, with healthcare, holidays and leisure – or securing your future with professional development and a pension – we support you to be happy both in and out of work.


  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS and reference check and an offer of employment will be subject to successful clearance.

What next?

If you care about making a difference – we want to talk to you.

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