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Priory Hospital Middleton St George, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 1TS

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


up to £65,000 per annum


37.5 hours per week

Job Advert Role Description

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.

The Priory Hospital Middleton St George is located in Darlington, County Durham, geographically close to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Moors, and a step away from the North East coastline.


The clinical approach established within the Hospital encompasses individualised treatment and care for people with mental health needs of adult working age and who present with complex and challenging behaviours, in a safe and supportive environment. Our comprehensive integrated services offer complete care pathways allowing service users to transfer effortlessly between the most appropriate care, meeting individual needs enabling recovery and re-engagement within the community and maximising life opportunities.


Our multi-disciplinary teams provide care for up to 110 male and female service users, working collaboratively with their commissioners, across our 8 wards and our nearby community house.  We deliver recovery and rehabilitation services which include a specialist Female Comprehensive DBT service, Male and Female Rehab Units, Female only Acute Unit, Mixed Acute Unit and purpose built PICU units (one male one female). Our focus is on the delivery of excellent care, empowering service users to progress towards the least restrictive setting and towards independence. Our vision is to place our Service Users at the heart of our service provision, working closely with them and their carers to support their recovery and rehabilitation.


We are currently looking to recruit a highly experienced Applied Psychologist to join our established department. The successful candidate will contribute to all aspects of psychological services.


This is a full-time (37.5 hrs), permanent role with a salary depending upon experience and qualifications- up to £65,000 per annum.  


Under the line management of the Head of Psychology, you will identify and deliver evidence based assessments, formulations and treatment, contributing to the effective risk management and recovery of the patients in our care.  The successful candidate will be expected to take an active role in promoting and developing psychological services.  The individual will be a positive culture carrier, working effectively and supportively within teams, inspiring and promoting effective change. This post will suit someone who enjoys direct clinical contact, working alongside patients detained under the Mental Health Act, who present with a range of complex needs, including mental illness, personality disorders, cognitive deficits, self harming behaviours and offending histories.


You will possess excellent clinical and communication skills and a track record of successful working with colleagues from other professions within a psychiatric setting.


Successful candidates will be eligible or hold Chartered Status with the BPS and Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with HCPC.


You will have a minimum of 5 years post qualification experience working in secure or locked rehabilitation settings. Additionally, the successful candidate will possess highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist, evidence based psychological therapy relevant to the specific patient group.  Experience of working within an acute or PICU service will be advantageous but not essential.


What we’d like to give you:

•           A competitive salary

•           Disclosure check cost coverage

•           Comprehensive induction and commitment to ongoing training

•           25 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising with years' service

•           Birthday Holiday  - Your Birthday as an extra day’s annual leave

•           Free on-site parking and a free meal on duty

•           Complimentary Access to our on-site gymnasium

•           Online benefits and cashback rewards

•           SMART Childcare Vouchers

•           SMART Pension option

•           Local rewards and recognition programme open to all colleagues

•           Excellent staff break facilities in our bespoke new staff lounge

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a disclosure at the required level from the Disclosure & Barring Service. 

To find out more about the role please contact Pamela Henderson Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist / Head of Psychology, on 01325 333192.

Visit our website to apply or for more informatioN

Closing date for applications: 30th June 2023    


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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services, Priory 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 and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.

Priory maintains that vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19 and believes that our colleagues working with vulnerable individuals have a professional duty to be vaccinated.  As part of our wider infection control efforts, and to meet our commissioner and customer requirements, we continue to record vaccination status for all colleagues and we therefore request that you disclose this information as part of your application. Your vaccination status will not affect any offer of employment and will be held in line with GDPR requirements.  We thank you for your understanding. 


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 will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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