Applied Psychologist - **Recruitment Bonus**

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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***This post offers the £1,500 New Hire Bonus. See attached Terms & Conditions for full details. Please note this only applies to External applications***

The Offending Personality Disorder Pathway at the Fen's is looking for band 7 Clinical, Forensic or Applied Psychologists to join our team.

You will be employed by CPFT NHS trust, receiving all associated benefits. We are a diverse, multidisciplinary team, consisting of over 22 therapists with a variety of backgrounds including clinical, forensic, psychotherapy, and nurse therapists.

We are a specialist attachment and trauma-focused treatment service and deliver a three-year treatment programme, combining individual and group therapy sessions based on schema therapy and sensorimotor psychotherapeutic models. We provide treatment on a specialist unit within Whitemoor Prison.

We offer excellent development opportunities including completing qualifications in sensorimotor and schema therapy as well as career progression.

Multidisciplinary group supervisions in addition to individual clinical and managerial supervision are provided.

You are entitled to a secure unit payment allowance in addition to your salary.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified applied specialist psychology assessment, treatment and outreach service to prisoners managed on the OPD Pathway but specifically those for whom responsibility belongs with the Fens Service.

To contribute to and supervise the psychological assessment provided by you, and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

To provide specialist teaching and consultancy to the clinical and operational team.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of both the Trust's and Fens Services policies and procedures.

Due to the nature of the patients who enter the Fens Service the work will be frequently highly distressing,

This requires staff to display an emotional robustness and work compassionately at all times.

There is a requirement for substantial periods of concentration and sitting. The nature of the working environment requires routine exposure to security procedures such as searches.

Due to the adverse work environment it is accepted that, once at full caseload, some CPD and admin work will be undertaken at home.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

To take an active role in the screening and assessment of prisoners referred as potentially being suitable for the OPDP Fens Service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including neuropsychological and specialist psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, and possible family members and others involved in the clients care.

To communicate the results of this screening and assessment to other members of the multidisciplinary team including non-clinical staff using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills.

To communicate using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills, the results of this assessment to the prisoner and those included in the offenders care and treatment pathway.

To develop psychological formulations for men discharged from the main Fens treatment programme but who require on-going outreach services with a view to directing the level of care and intervention needed to assist in management of their psychological distress and risk reduction and to enable them to relocate within another treatment service if appropriate.

To attend Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meetings and contribute to discussions about the formal psychological individual treatment and/or management of a prisoners mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of these problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings. These meetings may be within or external to the residential service and will include liaison with other professionals.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence.
  • Or chartered forensic psychologist
  • Valid HCPC registration
  • Recognised training in specialist assessment tools (e.g.PCL-R, HCR-20, WAIS-IV or other clinical assessments)
Experience Essential
  • Working experience as a trainee/qualified psychologist within a locked/secure environment
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across a range of care settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity Skills at maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of psychological interventions in different contexts
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Knowledge of the OPDP services, and what working within an OPD service might entail.
  • Knowledge or experience of using neurofeedback as a wellbeing tool.
  • Knowledge or experience of using VR as a tool to support wellbeing or psychological interventions.
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Trust and from other agencies (HMPPS) to promote effective team working with clients
  • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients
  • Emotionally robust
  • Able to contain and work with organisational stress
  • Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations
  • Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self-care and to monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice.
  • Motivated towards personal and professional development with a strong CPD record.
Other Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Able to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting.

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