An exciting opportunity to join the Clinical Team of The Year, rated Outstanding and Good by CQC. It would suit those with a background in CAMHS, adolescent inpatient or forensic practice (adult/adolescent) looking to join a team with reasonable caseload numbers, a range of clinical opportunity, CPD and work-life balance. Recent CPD includes EMDR, presenting at national network events and AIM training. The team use various clinical models including CBT, DBT, CFT, EMDR and Schema Therapy. Both sites have free parking, an allocated desk and storage. A preceptorship post would be considered.
The role contributes to a high-quality, specialist psychology service for young people in two Secure Children's Homes (SCHs). The young people present with diverse needs including complex trauma, neurodiversity, and common mental health difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression). These cooccur with concerns about risk to themselves and/or others, and risk from others, often exploitation. The post involves working within a multidisciplinary mental and physical healthcare team to undertake specialist assessments and interventions with young people, their families and carers. The role also involves helping to embed formulation-led, trauma-informed care across both SCHs, in line with the NHS England SECURE STAIRS initiative. This involves exciting opportunities for partnership working including consultation, training, supervision and formulation, and innovative service developmentMain duties of the job
To work as an active part of the MDT in the Secure Children's Home. This will involve working closely with partnership agencies, local authorities, and other invested parties.
- To implement and develop the SECURE STAIRS Framework, which is a psychologically lead, trauma informed framework embedded across the Secure estate nationally.
- To provide highly specialist psychological assessments and treatments for young people.
- To provide appropriate biopsychosocial formulations, consultation and advice, and to support other disciplines or agencies to understand and work in accordance with the formulation in order to improve outcomes for the young person.
- To contribute to a consultation service into an onsite Step-Down Children's Home.
- To be active in risk assessment and complex risk management of individuals who present a risk to themselves and/or others, and/or may be vulnerable and at risk of physical, sexual or emotional harm.
- To take an active part in the strategic developments of the wider service, including the implementation of Compassion Focused Therapy as a model of care.
- To contribute to the supervision of Assistant Psychologists, Trainee Psychologists and other staff as appropriate as agreed with the Psychology and Management Leads.
- To contribute to the supervision, teaching and training, reflective practice of other professionals within the Secure Children's Homes and beyond.
Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over 6,400
members of staff, who deliver services from more than 160
We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford, Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.
As a senior psychologist, you will join a community of psychologists working into two Secure Children's Homes, and the wider health and Justice Directorate. The health team across the Children's Homes have been awarded Clinical Team of the year, and quality of care provided by the health team at Marydale have been rated as Outstanding. You will be well supported by the consultant clinical lead, and have access to a network of psychologists across the health and justice directorate. The psychology services in GMMH have very close links with local training courses and there will be a range of CPD opportunities to support your career development.Job descriptionJob responsibilities To provide highly specialist psychological assessments and treatments for young people. This could include psychometric tests, neuropsychological assessments, observations and interviews with family, carers or the young person. Interventions could include group or individual structured and integrated therapies such as CBT, DBT, EMDR, Schema Therapy and CFT. To provide appropriate biopsychosocial formulations, consultation and advice, and to support other disciplines or agencies to understand and work in accordance with the formulation in order to improve outcomes for the young person. This includes supervising, where appropriate, the delivery of highly complex psychological interventions as part of multidisciplinary care planning. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the work with young people. To support the implementation of trauma-informed, developmentally aware, formulation-led care through a range of activities. This includes formulation meetings, training sessions and reflective practice meetings with professionals from a range of services and backgrounds. To contribute to a consultation service into an onsite Step-Down Childrens Home. To be active in risk assessment and complex risk management of individuals who present a risk to themselves and/or others, and/or may be vulnerable and at risk of physical, sexual or emotional harm. To take an active part in the strategic development of an evidence-based specialist psychology service. To contribute, lead and/or undertake research and evaluation projects, including audits, and supervise similar projects undertaken by junior staff or trainees. To communicate highly confidential and personal information obtained through assessment, formulation, therapy and interventions, to the young person themselves and where appropriate other involved professionals, their relatives and carers, and referring agents. This includes contributing to Secure Accommodation Review meetings, Multi-Agency Public Protection Meetings, and other multi-agency discussions. To receive regular clinical supervision in line with BPS and HCPC good practice guidelines. To participate in and develop a personal development plan, identifying clear professional objectives. The plan should support the maintenance and development of specialist psychological knowledge and skills, using the appraisal and continuing professional development systems. To adhere to the Code of Conduct outlined by the BPS and HCPC, and to the policies and procedures of GMMH, including remaining up to date with mandatory training requirements. To provide a positive role model to staff, promoting team working and constructive relationships with other professionals and agencies. To contribute to the supervision of Assistant Psychologists, Trainee Psychologists and other staff as appropriate as agreed with the Psychology and Management Leads. This includes contributing to peer supervision arrangements where relevant. To contribute to the supervision, teaching and training, reflective practice of other professionals within the Secure Childrens Homes and beyond. All information relating to young people and staff gained through your employment within GMMH is confidential. Do not communicate to anyone, inside or outside the NHS, information relating to service users, staff, contractors or any information of a commercially sensitive nature, unless done in the normal course of carrying out the duties of the post and with appropriate permission. Disclosure to any unauthorised person is a serious disciplinary offence. To take reasonable care of the health and safety of yourself and other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work, and to cooperate with the service in adhering to statutory and departmental safety regulations. To not intentionally or recklessly misuse or interfere with anything provided in the interests of health, safety or welfare, e.g., misuse of equipment. To be influential and proactive in creating and maintaining a positive working environment. This includes contributing to and participating in a learning and questioning environment, which supports the development of a positive culture and working practices. To ensure the efficient and appropriate use of resources to deliver a high-quality service. To ensure that work is conducted in accordance with the Equality and Diversity Strategy for GMMH, as well as maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of the parameters of legislation and policies and procedures relating to equality and diversity. To treat everyone equality and with dignity and respect, and to avoid unlawful discriminatory behaviour and actions when dealing with colleagues, young people, members of the public and all stakeholders. To participate in ensuring that service users are protected from any form of abuse, reporting suspicions appropriately in accordance with policy. To undertake any other reasonable duty, when requested to do so by an appropriate Trust manager. To understand and comply with all Trust policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines. To understand the Trusts Strategic Goals and how you can support them. To understand the need to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and adhere to all principles in effective safeguarding. To carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with Equal Opportunities, Equality and Diversity and dignity in care/work policies and principles. To avoid unlawful discriminatory behaviour and actions when dealing with the colleagues, services users, members of the public and all stakeholders. To access only information, where paper, electronic, or, in another media, which is authorised to you as part of the duties of your role. Not to communicate to anyone or inside or outside the NHS, information relating to patients, services users, staff, contractors or any information of a commercially sensitive nature, unless done in the normal course of carrying out the duties of the post and with appropriate permission. To maintain high standards of quality in corporate and clinical record keeping ensuring information is always recorded accurately, appropriately and kept up to date. To ensure their day-to-day activities embrace sustainability and reduce the impact upon the environment by minimising waste and maximising recycling saving energy minimising water usage and reporting electrical faults, water leakages or other environmental concerns to the facilities department or their line manager. Take reasonable care of the health and safety of yourself and other persons. To contribute to the control of risk and to report any incident, accident or near miss. To protect service users, visitors and employees against the risk of acquiring health care associated infections. Person SpecificationQualificationsEssential
- Professional qualification in Clinical Psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
- HCPC registration as a qualified Clinical Psychologist.
- Eligibility for British Psychological Society Chartered status.
- Training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological relevance (e.g. staff training, research methodology, and / or other fields of applied psychology)
- Experience working with individuals presenting with complex clinical need.
- Experience consulting with or training healthcare and other professionals.
- Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team.
- Experience in complex multiagency settings, such as inpatient, forensic or criminal justice settings, or working within partnership arrangements
- Specific relevant clinical experience such as working with adolescents, families, complex trauma or risk.
- Experience of supervision of other professionals, assistant psychologists or trainee psychologists.
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in those who present with complex trauma and/or significant risk issues.
- Skills in the use of neuropsychological assessments.
- Knowledge of research design and methodology.
- Knowledge of relevant legislation, national guidance and professional systems.
- Training or experience with adolescents and/or adolescent offenders.
- Training or experience using Compassi
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