Job Description

This job is an opportunity to make a difference and shape lives!

Too many people pass through the criminal justice system without their mental health needs being recognised. With more than 70% of the prison population experience some level of mental distress, it’s crucial that specialist services exist to ensure that people get the care and support they need to break the cycle of offending. This is where you come in.

We are seeking one Forensic Mental Health Practitioner provide assessments and 1:1 psychological interventions to a new service within Hammersmith and Fulham probation. As a successful candidate you will be able to:

  • Assess mental health and social care needs and provide a bespoke holistic support package
  • Empower people to lead on their support plan
  • Provide low-intensity support interventions of psycho-education and using different techniques, for example Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Contribute to the prevention and management of harmful and violent behaviour
  • Help people to build self-esteem and increase motivation
  • Dynamically assess and manage risk, sharing need to know information with the relevant agencies

Working hours are Monday to Friday 9-5 and the successful applicant will have a mental health qualification and experience working within mental health and/ or criminal justice services, as well as experience delivering 1:1 interventions. We hope to recruit a staff team reflective of the population we serve and welcome applications from those with protected characteristics, including women and minoritised ethnic groups.

To apply for any of the roles please send a recent CV and a supporting statement of no more than 2 A4 pages, to explain how you meet the role requirements. Closing date is 7th October.

We are committed to fair chances for all and making sure everyone can access the support they need to make positive changes in their recovery journey. You really can make a difference by believing in our service users and their ability to make changes, when they do not always believe in themselves. The Criminal Justice service has multiple projects working within courts, prisons, probation and the community, aiming at providing mental health support in all these stages of the criminal justice system. We’ve seen impressive growth over the last two years extending our remit of work and this is something we’re highly motivated to continue.

What you need to know about Together:

Together is England’s oldest mental health charity and since we were formed in 1879, we have believed that people with mental health issues have the right and the abilities to lead independent, fulfilling lives as part of their communities. We offer a wide variety of support to help people deal with the personal and practical impacts of mental health issues. The services we provide include supporting people in criminal justice settings who’ve experienced mental distress, one-to-one support in the community, supported housing and 24 hour accommodation services and advocacy.

Our core principle at Together is service user leadership as we believe that benefits those people who are accessing support and has positive impact on all aspects of Together, and wider society. We want to be able to learn from people who have a range of views and who have experienced mental distress. By learning from the people who use our services in that way we aim to inform and influence Together from a Lived Experience perspective.

You can read more about Together on our website

What We Can Offer You

  • You will be part of an organisation that values you. We will seek your input, encourage effort and facilitate growth and opportunity whilst caring about you and your wellbeing
  • You will gain worthwhile personal development training, where you are encouraged to stay and grow to further your career progression with Together
  • A Positive culture – we are proud of our leadership and management style that encourages teamwork, open and honest communication and has a strong purpose
  • One-on-one supervision/manager meetings, peer learning groups, career or talent management guidance and dedicated learning time

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 12 months

Salary: £35,643.68 per year


  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexitime
  • Life insurance
  • Sick pay
  • Store discount


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: One location

Application deadline: 07/10/2022