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Senior Clinical / Forensic Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£61,861 to £70,959 a year per annum pro rata inclusive of Inner London HCAS
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical/Forensic Psychologist to join our thriving Therapy Service at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, as Lead Psychologist and Therapy Lead. We are looking for someone who has a passion for clinical leadership in forensic settings, and who is able to engage positively and sensitively with service users, and who has the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals in order to provide high quality person-centred care.

This post involves overseeing the provision of psychological therapies across the Prison's Mental Health Service. The post holder will support the team in delivering evidence-based interventions for men with complex difficulties, including trauma and personality disorders, and will provide clinical supervision and line management to a range of therapists, including Clinical and Forensic Psychologists, Senior Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

Note: Interviews will take place on 22nd August 2022.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will lead on the review and development of clinical pathways alongside the Head of Therapy for Prisons, and will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities such as clinical work and deliver of training, as well as leading on service improvement initiatives and evaluations. The post holder will contribute to risk assessment and management, working alongside partner agencies and prison colleagues to improve outcomes for those most at risk. Additional opportunities in assessing and supporting men with neurodevelopmental needs are available, since the Therapy service leads on the assessment of and provision of intervention for men with ADHD, ASD and Intellectual Disability.

The successful applicants must have experience in working in forensic settings and in the supervision/line management of qualified staff. Excellent communication skills, strong IT literacy skills, and skills in data collection and evaluation are also required for this post.

About us

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care. BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS) which delivers MH care across some of the prisons and provides MH services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury. We are rated as 'Good' by the CQC. We have also been appointed as the lead provider of forensic mental health services across North London managing the devolved New Models of care budget of £170m since 2018/19.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical/forensic psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developments as accredited by the BPS. Registration with the Health Professions Council as a Clinical/Forensic Psychologist.
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC) (e.g. Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) - accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration.
  • Pre/post-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, risk management and treatment of high risk high harm service users with significant personality difficulties across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, and inpatient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user 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
  • Significant experience of inter-agency working with forensic mental health, probation and/or prison services, including consultation to these services
  • Experience of developing and delivering training and of providing clinical supervision
  • Experience of service development, and/or supporting transformation within services
  • Skills in providing consultation or reflective practice to other professional and nonprofessional groups.
  • Experience of service development, and/or supporting transformation within services
  • Experience of working in prisons

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