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Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton keynes
£47,126 to £53,219 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen at HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes. We are currently looking to recruit either a clinical, counselling or forensic psychologist for a band 7 or 8A post within the prison mental health team. The role will require you to provide one to one and group interventions to men who are serving their sentence in the prison.

You will be a compassionate and energetic psychologist with experience of working with complex needs and a real passion for providing support to some of the most vulnerable in society. We want to see someone who will work well with a range of professions, both within the established MDT and also with the wider prison staff, respecting and integrating a range of opinions and approaches to provide the best outcome for the men. A clinical interest in trauma informed approaches is important for this role.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the provision of excellent clinical practice within secure environments. They will have excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to work with a wide range of stakeholders.

You will join the Mental Health team in providing evidence based and high quality care to patients. You will be a part of the wider Healthcare Team at HMP Woodhill. You will also join the Offender Care team consisting of a team of multi professional clinicians and managers.

You will be well supported with supervision, reflective practice and ongoing training and development.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the provision of excellent clinical practice within secure environments. They will have excellent written and oral communication skills and be able to work with a wide range of stakeholders. Experience working in partnership and a clear understanding of the challenges of working in prison healthcare are both essential.

About us

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond.We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a key role in integrating clinical psychology into the mental health team.
  • To provide a comprehensive specialist clinical psychology service to service users.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy as well as offering advice and consultation on service users psychological care to other members of the clinical team.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the Offender Health Directorate.
  • To provide clinical supervision to other members of the team when appropriate.
  • To contribute to the reflective practice and critical thinking of the team on a case-by-case basis (e.g. complex case reviews) and in meetings for service improvement.

  • Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
    • oA good honours degree in Psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
    • oDoctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, equivalent to that accredited by the BPS.
    • oEvidence of post-qualification specialist training, experience and developing expertise in a specialist area of clinical practice.
    • oHCPC Registered
    • oPre- or Post-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
    PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Paid/unpaid relevant to job Essential
    • oDemonstrate further specialist training / experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist or an alternative agreed by the Chief Psychologist
    • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
    • oExperience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • oExperience of working effectively in multidisciplinary settings and representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
    • oExperience of working within a secure environment
    • oAdvanced knowledge, experience and expertise in at least one specialist area of clinical practice gained through specialist training and supervised practice (e.g. psychotherapy, neuropsychology, risk assessment, clinical supervision).
    • oExperience of teaching and training
    • oExperience of working within a prison setting.
    • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • oWell 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.
    • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • oDoctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
    • oPossesses range of clinical knowledge, skills & information technology expertise relevant to post.
    • oCan demonstrate competence in supervision of junior qualified psychology and MDT staff and professional psychology trainees.
    • oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
    • oAbility 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.
    • oBroad knowledge of models of assessment, management and treatment of mentally disordered and PD offenders.
    • oAbility to work intensively with people who present challenges in the complexity of their problems and needs, including sexual and violent offending and self-harming and suicidal behaviours.
    • oHigh level of ability to plan and organise clinical service provision to meet service demands, and to maintain high quality professional practice.
    • oContinually develop specialist knowledge and skills by engaging in relevant study and Continuing Professional Development relevant to the forensic population.
    • oExcellent IT skills
    • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult-to-treat groups (e.g. people with additional disabilities).
    • oCan apply psychological knowledge creatively in developing new initiatives.
    • oAbility to write reports for varied audiences, including courts and purchasers of services.
    • oExcellent interpersonal skills.
    • oTeam player.
    • oAppreciation of the interface between our personal and professional lives, high level of self awareness and knowledge of principles of self care.
    OTHER Essential
    • Ability to work in a secure environment, in line with HMPS policy and procedure - to obtain and maintain enhanced security clearance.

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