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Applied Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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The post involves working with prisoners of The Fens Unit within a High Secure male prison setting within the prison, including the residential wing, workshops, the health care centre and, at times, may involve attending prisoners who are temporarily based in the Health Care, Segregation Unit, or the Close Supervision Unit.

The post holder will be part of a Multi-disciplinary Team set up to deliver an Outreach Service to provide support to a small caseload of prisoners who may require but are not ready to access treatment on the OPD pathway.

To ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist psychological intervention consistent with the approved theoretical treatment model for prisoners referred to The Fens Unit and Outreach Service.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of both the Trust's and The Fens Unit 's policies and procedures. To exercise responsibility for the maintenance and development of good psychological practice.

The nature of this working environment requires routine exposure to security procedures such as searches and rub downs on entry to the establishment. in line with the prison's security policies and procedures.

Main duties of the job

You will have a joint role working within both the multi-disciplinary team on unit and the Outreach Service for the wider High Secure male prison, This is a newly appointed position, it will require the post holder to have working knowledge of personality disorders.

The post holder is required to have good leadership skills in order to work across the two areas, with experience in working in a challenging environment, understanding of risk management.

To provide a clinical leadership role, that ensures the systematic provision of a high-quality of Mental Health intervention is accessible to Fen's Unit and the Outreach Service.

The post holder will be part of The Fen's MDT to provide support to a small caseload of residents who may require but are not ready to access treatment on the OPD Pathway. A major requirement of the job is to carry out audit, policy and service development and research activities and/or programmes. The post holder will be required to develop and deliver specialist clinics that address the holistic needs of this population. To develop the psychological approach within the concept of a cognitive interpersonal model. To support the delivery of psychopharmacological interventions within the infrastructure of the NICE guidelines. This working environment can lead to exposure to extremely high levels of distress in others.

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 exercise full autonomous professional responsibility for the psychological assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the role of the outreach lead.

To manage and maintain a caseload in line with current standards of psychological practice and consistent with agreed team approaches.

To have a working knowledge of personality disorder and trauma, and thebehaviours that come from high levels of distress.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC applied psychologist status
  • Masters or Doctorate level training in psychology OR Psychotherapy training recognised by BABCP
  • Masters or Doctorate level training in psychology OR Psychotherapy training recognised by BABCP
  • Specific therapeutic training in family work, CBT, DBT or other Psychological approaches
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working an applied psychologist with service users with Forensic histories
  • Experience of working an applied psychologist with service users with Forensic histories Previous experience of working with service users with acute psychiatric disorders and complex mental health/Learning Disability and Personality disorders
  • Proven experience of managing a caseload
  • Experience of providing clinical leadership and supervision to junior staff
  • Evidence of experience in service evaluation and improvements
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience of practice development by extensive experience of supervision and teaching.
  • Experience of influencing the advancement of mental health care
  • Experience of working with service users diagnosed with learning disability and or neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Experience of working in assertive outreach, crisis or home treatment services
  • Qualification or significant experience using CBT, DBT with service users
  • Lived experience of mental health challenges
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Lived experience of mental health challenges
  • Leadership skills e.g. can exercise leadership to support and inspire colleagues
  • IT literate
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Ability to undertake assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment plans
  • The ability to supervise and participate in providing teaching and training to other staff.
  • Ability to prioritise work demands and be flexible
  • Proven skills in undertaking risk assessments and management plans
  • Skill in caseload management at both an individual and team level
  • Able to work as an independent reflective practitioner
  • An understanding and commitment to the principles of recovery and social inclusion
  • A commitment to the role of health promotion and education with the client group.
  • Commitment to personal and team development
  • In depth knowledge and skill related to a particular therapeutic intervention such as CBT, DBT, family work and psychosocial interventions.
  • Experience in group work
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Theory and concepts associated with mental health and personality disorder and their application
  • Principles of managing change
  • Knowledge of current research and evidence- based practice in clinical work relating to community and forensic mental health teams.
  • Thorough understanding of care planning and the Care Programme Approach (CPA).
  • Knowledge of physical healthcare needs
  • Commitment to and understanding of evidence-based practice
  • Awareness of safeguarding issues and responsibilities under relevant legislation
  • Good knowledge of the legislation relating to care including - Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act, Care Act, Children's Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the General Data Protection Regulations
  • Knowledge of relevant NICE guidance
  • Knowledge of the role of the MOJ and other criminal justice agencies
  • Research, audit and quality improvement methodologies and their application.
  • Attachment theory and therapies aimed at addressing trauma related difficulties
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.
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.

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