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Highly Specialist Psychological Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£52,952 to £59,349 a year pa inc
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Highly Specialist Psychological Therapist, Band 8a Permanent Full Time: 37.5 hours per week


CLINICAL/FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST - Deputy PIPE/Treatment Service Lead (tbc)

HMP Swaleside Pathways Service

London Pathways Partnership (LPP) is a consortium of five NHS Trusts delivering services in London and across three prisons as part of the national Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway programme. The HMP Swaleside Pathways Services are for 'high risk high harm' personality disordered offenders from London and the South of the country. The service involves assessment, formulation, psychological and psycho-social interventions, the development of an 'enabling' and psychologically-informed environment, and active service user involvement as well as training, case consultation and pathway management. The service operates a psychologically informed planned environment (PIPEs) for men participating in therapeutic activities an Outreach Service, working with highly complex service users on the OPD Pathway as well as a separate therapies service.

The post is open to qualified clinical, counselling or forensic psychologists or psychological therapists.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a specialist Psychological Therapist with an interest in personality disorder and/or complex care, with a minimum of two years post qualification experience to take a lead role in the continuing development of the Pathways Services. The service employs a model of 'joint operations' and the postholder will work closely with prison colleagues to deliver an integrated service and to develop appropriate pathways through custody and into the community for service users. The post provides numerous opportunities to develop consultation and liaison and training skills and clinical expertise and experience in the delivery of therapeutic interventions with this complex service user group. The postholder will act as deputy lead in one of the service areas (therapies/PIPE) and will be supported to develop therapeutic skills, including accredited training, in one of the core therapies delivered by the services (MBT/Schema/EMDR). The service has accredited supervision in place for all of these therapies to allow postholders to develop specialisms in these areas. The service also has close links with local academic institutions and research activity is encouraged. The postholder will work closely with the wider forensic psychological therapies team at the Bracton Centre and will have additional opportunities to develop complementary community skills and experience.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified clinical / forensic psychology service to adult offenders detained within HMP Swaleside. The post holder will provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

Training and Qualifications

Essential Criteria:
  • Entry-level qualification in applied psychological therapy/mental health/social welfare profession or equivalent and demonstrable practice in this field (ie professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level/supervised practice/additional training) that has been accepted for the purposes of professional registration.
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice (through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/an evidenced portfolio of supervised practicebased learning in a specialist area of clinical psychological therapy practice, assessed by a registered body and/or an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher.
  • Registered with professional body or regulatory body as appropriate to psychological therapy discipline ie HCPC/UKCP/BACP/BABCP. (A/I) Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the professional body.


Essential Criteria:
  • Completion of a minimum of two years full-time (or equivalent part-time) post-doctoral / post qualification supervised experience
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with the full range of clinical severity under supervision
  • Post-qualification of working with and addressing issues of diversity, including experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse

Knowledge and Skills

Essential Criteria:
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to administer, score and interpret psychometric and neuropsychological tests with appropriate training and supervision
  • Understanding psychological formulation for complex high risk service users.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group, mental health and child protection.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS, HCPC or equivalent regulatory body relevant to your profession
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological therapies relevant to the client group.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies and two assessment methodologies
  • Knowledge of current mental health legislation and initiatives and of safeguarding legislation
  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of clinical governance, clinical audit and risk management
  • Knowledge of equal opportunities, confidentiality and consent issues
  • Knowledge of key NHS policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of relevant Health & Safety legislation
  • Ability to manage severely challenging behaviour/crisis intervention
  • Ability to manage unpredictable workloads and frequent demands on concentration and attention
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Competent in Microsoft Office packages
  • Ability to manage within available, and sometimes limited, resources


Essential Criteria:
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Experience of working with diversity, including but not limited to a multicultural framework.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Interest and ability to contribute to service development.
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities (

Physical Effort

Light physical effort for several short periods/ sitting in constrained position for extended periods

Mental Effort

Ability to manage unpredictable workloads and frequent demands on concentration and attention skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration

Working Conditions

To face regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour

Person Specification

Experience and Skills


  • Understanding of appropriate therapeutic models for complex trauma in offenders



  • Experience working in prison / probation



  • Supervision/Management of staff



  • Worked specifically in OPD Pathways Service



  • Trained in relevant therapeutic modality

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Swaleside,

Brabazon Road,


ME12 4AZ

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