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Trainee Forensic Psychologist

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The Ayr Clinic, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, KA6 6PT

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£23,000 per annum


37.5 hrs p/wk

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Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.


Job Advert Location Description

The Ayr Clinic is 54 bedded low secure facility based in Scotland with good commuting access to and from Central Scotland.  The Hospital has a full pathway of care from low secure services to locked rehabilitation services across the site.  The Ayr Clinic has a population of both male and female adult patients.  Across the services there are male only and female only patient wards and mixed gender wards.

You will join an innovative and dynamic psychology team comprising a Head of Psychology, Consultant Forensic Psychologist and two Trainee Forensic Psychologists. You will also be joining an established DBT team with opportunities for DBT skills training.  The Psychology team is committed to providing our patients with evidence-based care, to the highest of standards. 


Professional development is strongly encouraged. Interested candidates will be supported to undertake intensive DBT training, with a view to contributing to our treatment programme. You will also be supported to undertake further training appropriate to your role e.g. forensic risk assessment and cognitive assessments.  You will also be a member of a clinical team working towards the progress of the patients in your case load under supervision.  To do all this you will be provided the level of supervision required to undertake stage 2 training as part of the route to becoming an HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist. As such, the job role will map onto the core roles of forensic training (Assessment & Intervention; Research & Evaluation; Communicating Psychological Knowledge; and Training other professionals).

Job Advert Role Description

We are looking for a candidate who has completed stage one of the route to becoming a Registered Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist. Therefore you should have successfully completed the relevant post graduate qualification in the MSc Forensic Psychology or be pending results. You will have an interest in working with people with a range of complex and co-occurring mental health needs, and have a positive approach to working with people presenting with a range of difficulties including: psychosis, personality disorder; deliberate self-harm; physical and verbal aggression; drug and alcohol problems and forensic histories.

Main Duties:

•           Clinical (under the direction of the Qualified Psychologist)

•           To complete to psychological, behavioural and risk assessments, under supervision of a qualified (forensic) psychologist

•           To participate in the MDT risk assessment process through gathering and collation of relevant information.

•           To provide, as appropriate, psychological interventions to inpatients, as outlined by the psychologist and to evaluate outcome.

•           To help develop group work materials, lead sessions and evaluate effectiveness.

•           To participate in assessments and skills training

•           To provide written reports for CPA meetings (and other professional meetings as required), under supervision of the qualified psychologist

Research and Evaluation

•           By agreement, to undertake or contribute to research relevant to the service and to evaluate individual and ward-wide programmes.

•           To advise and encourage research conducted by other health professionals.

•           To be working towards the completion of research projects to be used as evidence in forensic training.


•           To contribute to relevant teaching sessions to staff of other disciplines and to colleagues.

•           To participate in the preparation of teaching materials.

•           Management and Administration

•           To maintain appropriate records of work undertaken, and any other information requirements.

 Professional Development

•           To observe professional codes of conduct at all times.

•           To observe agreed operational policies.

•           To attend and contribute to hospital wide professional meetings.

•           To seek, as appropriate, supervision of all work, and to maintain records of supervision sessions.

•           To be working towards chartered forensic status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and practitioner registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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