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Clinical Lead

Employer
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Tamworth
Salary
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 8B
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
We are looking for an experienced, highly motivated and enthusiastic Applied Psychologist to work in South Staffordshire, to deliver an OPD service for people with complex personality difficulties in the justice system.

You will be joining a team that includes a Senior Probation Officer, Specialist Probation Practitioner, and an Assistant Psychologist. You will be responsible for providing clinical leadership for the South Staffordshire OPD service, leading on case identification, case consultation and formulation, workforce development and joint casework. Through these clinical activities, you will support Probation Service staff to work with complex, high-risk people on probation with trauma histories and personality difficulties, in a psychologically informed way, with the aim of building robust therapeutic relationships, increasing engagement, and reducing the risk of future harm to self and others.

You will be joining an established and friendly group of OPD Clinical Leads, for whom clinical supervision, peer support and continuing professional development are an integral part of clinical practice.

We invite applications from Clinical or Forensic Practitioner Psychologists from diverse backgrounds to join the team, as part of our expanding Health and Justice Services. Whilst this is a part-time post, additional hours may be available for anyone looking for full time hours.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing clinical leadership for the South Staffordshire OPD service, leading on case identification, case consultation and formulation, workforce development and joint casework. Through these clinical activities, you will support Probation Service staff to work with complex, high-risk people on probation with trauma histories and personality difficulties, in a psychologically informed way, with the aim of building therapeutic relationships, increasing engagement, and reducing the risk of future harm to self and others.

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 and 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 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 vaccinations 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

Clinical

. To work with service users and staff of the Probation Service within Probation Service premises including local area offices and Approved Premises. To work with service users and other professionals in community settings, mainly Probation Delivery Units. To work with service users and staff in institutional settings including prisons, special hospitals and other secure facilities.

Working within a highly specialised clinical field to deliver case consultations that help Probation staff understand an individuals behaviour, presentation and problems. To deliver case consultations using a psychological framework to develop a provisional hypothesis or theory about the onset, motivation and maintenance factors in relation to the Person on Probations behaviour and functioning. To deliver consultations that help Probation Service staff to predict how an individual will respond to sentencing, treatment and management plans, and provide a rationale for the sequence and dosage of treatment across the entire OPD pathway.

Working within a highly specialised clinical field to develop case formulations in specific cases in order to help Probation staff develop a deeper understanding of an individuals behaviour, presentation and problems. To develop case formulations using a psychological framework to develop a hypothesis or theory about the onset, motivation and maintenance factors in relation to a persons behaviour and functioning. To develop formulations that provide testable hypotheses and predict how an individual on Probation will respond to sentencing, treatment and management plans, and provide a rationale for the sequence and dosage of treatment across the entire pathway.

To work in partnership with staff employed by the Probation Service to deliver joint case work within the service. To determine suitability for PROSPER (West Midlands IIRMS) via joint case work either face to face in the community, or potentially whilst the service user is still in prison.

To undertake case consultations and case formulations with individual staff, or with groups of staff, in conjunction with the Probation colleagues.

To provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of service users based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources which may include psychological (and neuropsychologicaI[1]) tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service users, family members and others involved in the service users care.

To support and advise probation staff in developing plans for interventions with, and/or management of, people on Probation with personality difficulties based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, based upon case consultation and/or formulation, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of forensic settings, community and other health settings. To undertake this work with individual staff or with groups of staff, in conjunction with the Probation colleagues and, if required, in liaison with the Strategic Lead/Consultant Psychologist for the OPD Pathway.

To work with the SPO and Probation Delivery Unit managers, and to liaise with the Strategic Lead/Consultant Psychologist, in order to develop and implement systematic methods to screen People on Probation to identify those with possible personality difficulties. The screening method will include implementation of a screening tool and identification of cases based upon sentence type, offence type and identification of indicators of personality disorder.

If required, to be responsible for implementing highly specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, to service users of the Probation Service, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for the treatment and discharge of service users whose problems are managed with a psychologically based care plan, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the care on a regular basis.

To provide expertise and specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to service users formulation, diagnosis, management and treatment plan.

To routinely work with service users who have been perpetrators and/or victims of serious offences and/or who show severely challenging behaviour. This includes violent and sexual offences. To maintain a high level of professionalism despite regular exposure to highly emotive, distressing and disturbing material including first and second hand accounts of serious offences.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual service users, providing formal reports and consultancy/advice to multi-disciplinary teams and external agencies. Where necessary, to undertake weekly, daily or minute-by-minute assessment of the risk a client poses to him/herself, the post-holder and others. To provide both general and specialist advice for psychologists and other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.

To supervise other applied psychologist(s), including Assistant Psychologists and clinical or forensic psychology trainees.

To support the identification of the training needs of NHS and HMPPS colleagues working in the CORE-OM Service.

Person Specification

QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING

Essential

  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent), as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Post graduate level training in Forensic or Counselling Psychology (MSc or Doctoral level) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Post doctoral training in one or more additional areas of specialised areas of psychological practice.


Desirable

  • Member of British Psychological Society
  • Additional post graduate level training in one or more therapeutic treatment approaches e.g. cognitive therapy, systemic/family therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.


Experience

Essential

  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified psychologist with people with severe and enduring mental health problems including offering assessment and clinical interventions for a wide range of presenting problems including personality disorder. To include experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems who have come into contact with the justice system and who have committed violent and sexual offences.
  • Substantial experience of working within multi-disciplinary settings and multi-agency settings
  • Experience of working with the criminal justice system with up to date knowledge of relevant legislation.


Desirable

  • Experience of providing clinical consultation services to other professional staff.
  • Experience of working in the NHS.
  • Experience of working in a HMPPS setting.


SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES

Essential

  • Up to date knowledge of: o- the psychological needs of people with severe and enduring mental health problems o- current best practice when working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems who are at risk of offending, and o- wider clinical issues as evidenced by CPD log as recommended by the BPS.
  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management and their application within forensic community and/or inpatient contexts.
  • High level skills in the assessment and management of risk.


Desirable

  • Up to date knowledge of: o- the psychological needs of people with personality difficulties o- current best practice in criminal justice system interventions with people who have committed violent and sexual offences.
  • Demonstrated skills in providing liaison consultation and clinical supervision to professional and non-professional groups in health and non health settings.
  • Leadership and management skills.


Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Tamworth Probation Office

Moor Street

Tamworth

B79 7QY

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301-LG-24-6277597

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