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Stockton Hall, The Village, Stockton-on-the-Forest, York, YO32 9UN

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time





Job Advert - Division Information




Job Advert Location Description

Providing quality, inspiring innovation and delivering value is what we set out to achieve at Priory Healthcare. We enable our patients to receive a truly integrated and holistic approach to their treatment, regardless of complexity or severity, thanks to the knowledge and expertise of our multidisciplinary clinical teams.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Forensic or Clinical Psychologist to join our dynamic, well-established Psychology Department within a successful and respected service. At Stockton Hall Hospital, just outside York, we are well-known for producing positive clinical outcomes for highly complex patients. We provide a medium-secure care setting in which patients access a broad range of therapeutic interventions including one-to-one and group-based psychological treatments. Our service has produced excellent recovery results for patients, maximising their opportunity to progress to conditions of lower-security as safely and efficiently as possible.

Job Advert Role Description

The hospital is split across seven wards, providing care for up to 112 male and female patients with a broad range of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, learning disability, mental illness, personality disorder, and those with a settled-in presentation that necessitates a long-term rehabilitative approach. This diverse patient population makes Stockton Hall a fulfilling and stimulating environment in which to work, and provides the opportunity to develop a broad range of clinical competencies as well as areas of clinical specialism.

Our therapeutic setting provides a range of facilities that promote real work and vocational opportunities, as well as allowing for a wide range of group sessions and activities. All patients receive an individualised timetable, covering seven days a week, which includes one-to-one and group-based therapy.

The successful individual will be an enthusiastic and motivated forensic or clinical psychologist. You will have full registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) although applications are welcomed from those who are awaiting qualification. Experience of working with service users with complex needs, ideally in a secure or locked setting is desirable. Experience of working with patients detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) is also advantageous although not essential.

You will be involved in the provision of both assessment and treatment, including the use of structured risk assessment measures and one-to-one and group-based interventions relating to a range of potential risks and needs such as sexual and violent offending, fire-setting, problem solving, substance misuse and anger management. The role will require implementation of specialist psychological interventions as per NICE and best practice guidelines. Therapeutic modalities used within treatment currently draw on a range of approaches including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and EMDR. We would welcome applications from individuals with experience in any of these approaches although ongoing CPD will be supported.

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will promote a psychologically informed approach within the hospital. Your role may incorporate wider activities such as staff training, reflective practice, formulation and de-brief sessions, service development and evaluation, research, and provision of clinical supervision.

For further information please contact Katy Baigrie, Head of Psychology, or Tracy Brookes, Consultant Forensic Psychologist, on 01904 400500.

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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.


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. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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