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CBT Therapist / Psychotherapist / Applied Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
21 May 2024

Job Details

  • To provide a comprehensive, specialist psychological therapy service to patients of Offender Care and to the men of HMP Woodhill.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy.
  • To provide training, advice and consultation to other staff about the psychological needs of the patients.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the Offender Care Directorate.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Trust's policies and procedures.

Main duties of the job

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About us

There's a place for you at CNWLWe're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more - whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • To provide comprehensive psychological assessments of patients within the prison using a structured and semi-structured clinical interview, psychometric instruments, and other assessment methods as appropriate.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, and groups, with and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To provide interventions for individuals presenting with a range of complexity, from common mental health problems to severe and enduring problems.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and the consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To attend seclusion and segregation reviews, recovery team meetings and safer custody meetings in the prison as appropriate and to offer psychological opinion about management and appropriate referrals in that context.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To support clients nearing release in accessing statutory and voluntary community services where appropriate.
  • To promote self-help, self-management and healthy lifestyles enabling people to build their emotional health and capacity to deal with life events.
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under enhanced CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping, including electronic data entry and recording, and report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance, in accordance with professional codes of practice of the relevant governance body and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To work innovatively and in conjunction with colleagues (both mental health and prison staff) to develop appropriate, evidence based and effective services.

  • Teaching, training and supervision
  • To receive regular clinical supervision from a suitably qualified and experienced psychological therapist and, where appropriate, other professional colleagues.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant practitioners and, as appropriate, to contribute to the supervision of individual cases for trainee practitioners.
  • o provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate. This is likely to be focused particularly around personality disorder, self-harm and substance misuse.

  • Person Specification



    • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology or its equivalent, accredited by the BPS. Training in models of developmental lifespan psychology, psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies. HCPC Registered.
    • BACP or UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
    • BABCP registered CBT Therapist


    • Other relevant CPD qualifications, pre- or post-training. Especially training in working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder (e.g. MBT, DBT, KUF training), trauma (e.g. EMDR), staff training, and/or other fields of applied psychology



    • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care 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. Maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • oExperience working with those with a diagnosis of personality disorder and/or a history of self-harm and substance misuse and experience of working with complex trauma.
    • oExperience of working effectively in multidisciplinary settings. Experience of teaching and training


    • oExperience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural and specialist contexts.
    • oExperience of working in either prison or secure hospitals.
    • oExperience of working with service-users to develop peer facilitated support or treatment initiatives.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    HMP Woodhill

    Milton Keynes

    MK4 4DA

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