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Clinical Lead at Kirk Lodge PIPE AP

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This exciting part-time position is available for an experienced clinician looking to extend their skills and knowledge by taking on the Clinical Lead role for the Psychologically Informed Planned Environment (PIPE) service at Kirk Lodge Approved Premises (AP) in Leicester.

Please note that applications are welcome from either Qualified and HCPC Registered Psychologist or Qualified and accredited Psychological Therapist, Sociotherapist or equivalent (IGA, UKCP or equivalent). Informal enquiries about the post are encouraged.

In addition to the usual terms and conditions MPFT is offering an additional payment, equivalent to 20% of your starting salary, paid in two instalments, when you join our team.

To find out more about the post, please watch this YouTube video for an interview about PIPE AP:

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Lead post at Kirk Lodge is one of several posts provided by the MPFT to work in partnership with Probation Services to provide OPD Pathway services across the Midlands. The post holder will be offered support, clinical supervision, and training opportunities within MPFT and by the national OPD Pathway team.

You will be jointly responsible for implementation of the PIPE model alongside the Operational Lead. You will need to liaise effectively with senior Probation staff who hold operational responsibility for this important area of Probation Service delivery.

You will work alongside Probation staff to support the transition of People on Probation with complex psychological needs at a significant stage in their sentence. You will lead on developing and maintaining a relational approach to working with residents of the AP through high quality individual and group supervision, staff training, reflective practice groups and management of group dynamics. Other key elements include maintenance of the Enabling Environments Award, and co-ordination and provision of structured sessions for residents, including socially creative sessions.

You will provide clinical supervision and support to a part-time Assistant Psychologist working with you. You will be actively involved in systematic governance, service developments, policy implementation, teaching, training and research across Health and Justice Services.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by

Supporting your career development and progression.

Excellent NHS Pension scheme

Generous maternity, paternity, adoption leave

Options for flexible working

Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.

Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources

If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients.

Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate

Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates

Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k

Free car parking at all trust sites

Free flu vaccination every year

Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full job description and person specification please view the attached documents

In summary:
  • Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPEs) are specifically designed, contained environments where staff members have additional training to develop an increased psychological understanding of their work. This understanding enables them to create an enhanced safe and supportive environment, which can facilitate the development of those who live and work there.
  • They are designed to have a particular focus on the environment in which they operate actively recognising the importance and quality of relationships and interactions. They aim to maximise ordinary situations and to approach these in a psychologically informed way.
  • PIPEs are not treatment interventions the PIPEs model has been developed as an environmental approach to enhance the delivery of core work within Prison and Probation (community) settings, where additional psychological considerations are required.
  • The Approved Premises at Kirk Lodge is a highly specialised service, providing 32 beds and taking men on licence upon release from custody.
  • The PIPE model is well established, and Kirk Lodge has accreditation as an Enabling Environment as overseen by The Royal College of Psychiatry.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psycho-pathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Trained in clinical supervision of doctoral trainees.
  • Currently registered with the HCPC.
  • Eligible for BPS Chartered Status. Eligible for full membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice relevant to working with people with learning disabilities.
  • Training/qualifications in ABA and/or PBS or the willingness to complete such training.



  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, seeing service users presenting with a wide variety of mental health and behavioural needs in a range of settings. Offering evidence-based psychological interventions and adhering to appropriate best practice and professional guidance as a qualified clinician.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with services users with a learning disability and with people on the autistic continuum including those presenting with behavioural needs which challenges services.
  • Demonstration of current KSF competencies consistent with the 8a profile or the ability to develop into this role
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Providing psychological advice and consultancy to others as part of a community learning disability team.
  • Teaching, training and clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses.


  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Post doctorial experience in one or more highly specialist areas of psychological practice, for example, Applied Behavioural Analysis, Forensic Psychology and Positive Behaviour Support.
  • Experience of working in services for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges services.
  • Experience of working with offenders or those at risk of offending.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological approaches for working with complex behavioural needs, people on the autistic continuum, and with people with complex mental health difficulties.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS, including Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding.
  • Advanced skills in the assessment, formulation, and treatment of people with learning disabilities.
  • Well-developed skills in risk assessment and risk management including skills to prevent, de-escalate and manage verbal and physical aggression from service users on a day to day basis.
  • Knowledge of the current policy content and relevant legislation for people with a learning disability and complex behavioural and/or forensic needs including DSR processes, CTR/CETR & LAEPs.


  • Application of Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology post-qualification.

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and complex behavioural needs.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to complex behavioural needs, verbal abuse and the threat of physical violence, highly distressing and disturbing material, including first and second-hand accounts of very serious offences.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary and Psychology team and form good working relationships with other professionals.
  • Ability to balance competing service demands, e.g. record-keeping, team-building, admin and service user contact.

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Kirk Lodge Approved Premises

322, London Road



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