Consultant Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£70,631 to £80,841 a year p.a pro rata inc HCAS
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking to recruit a confident and experienced Part Time Consultant Psychologist who is passionate about working with young people in the criminal justice system and with a proven ability to implement system wide change and importantly, to bring people along with them.

We are hoping to appoint someone dynamic and thoughtful to lead the psychologically informed approach we are using in HMYOI Feltham. We want to attract candidates who are passionate about working to improve systems by sharing psychological ways of thinking and working through training, supervision, formulation, modelling and reflective practice.

The main part of the role, in terms of clinical practice and SECURE STAIRS and trauma-informed leadership will be at HMYOI Feltham but we will require some time to be occasionally spent in other parts of the estate (HMYOI Cookham Wood and Aylesbury)

Main duties of the job

Our ideal candidate will work well on individual, group and systems levels to help effect change and will show excellent leadership skills, sharing knowledge and working in complex systems to support change. As a psychologist, the post holder will be well-versed in providing high quality psychological assessment, formulation and interventions to young people throughout the system with a wide range of needs, often underpinned by trauma, attachment difficulties and adversity and demonstrated in part through high risk and offending behaviours.

A clinical interest and background in working with young people and with those with complex difficulties and offending histories will be vital. Our work aims to support the young people themselves and the system around them to better understand the individual and the processes and systems that impact them in order to best effect change. Therefore, a belief in the importance of shared work and a real importance placed on the views and approaches of other professions and of the young people themselves will allow our chosen candidate to support real and significant change in the lives of those they are working with.

This work has been started and is being embedded by a highly competent and motivated team and needs to be taken forward by a clinical leader who is articulate, compassionate, knowledgeable and engaging and who can work to harness enthusiasm and to encourage change when things get stuck.

About us

CNWL's Health and Justice Services are led by a highly motivated team with vast experience in healthcare within secure environments. We employ a range of psychologists and psychological therapists with clinical, counselling and forensic trainings.

Psychologists work within the mental health services in numerous sites, across prisons, YOIs and secure hospitals, with children and adults, men and women and across the range of security categories. Psychologists also lead four specialist Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) commissioned services and Sexual Behaviour Services in the youth estate.

Joining a large, forward-thinking Trust will bring successful candidates excellent development opportunities, an exciting career structure, and job satisfaction. Psychologists from across Health and Justice come together for professional and clinical development, including a monthly reflective practice forum for senior psychology staff facilitated by an external organisation consultant. High quality supervision and continuing professional development are integral to our approach and to our intent to support and retain an excellent team. Focused training which contributes to your own development and to our service development will be supported.

Job description Job responsibilities

This post was originally developed to build and lead a developmentally and trauma-informed mental health service model at HMYOI Feltham, based on the SECURE STAIRS framework in Feltham A (15-18 year olds) and a more locally developed approach in Feltham B (18-21). This work has now been ongoing for several years but the new post-holder will be required to continue to consolidate, embed and develop this work.

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Person Specification Educational and professional qualifications Essential
  • Validated Doctoral Qualification in Clinical or Forensic or Counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology or equivalent as agreed with Lead psychologist for Health and Justice.
  • Current HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialist areas of psychological practice.
  • Attendance at relevant management training courses and events.
  • Pre- or Post-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
General Knowledge/experience Essential
  • Assessed substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist and within a Forensic specialty in the NHS.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of delivering NICE adherent interventions as a qualified practitioner in adult forensic mental health settings.
  • Possesses range of clinical knowledge, skills & information technology expertise relevant to post.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision, both psychology and other staff groups, on the use of standard CBT approaches.
  • Experience of senior role in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Comprehensive and clear psychological report writing skills.
  • Awareness and knowledge of current issues and controversies in service provision, mental health policy and legislation.
  • Experience of working with criminal justice agencies including Probation and MAPPA.
  • Wide experience of utilising clinical skills including the management of highly complex forensic cases in the community in prison, hospital and the community.
  • Significant experience of and interest in working therapeutically with young people who have significant, complex mental health difficulties and high risk behaviours.
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management in relation to high risk behaviour to self and/or others.
  • Experience of managing psychology/other staff
  • Published audit or research
  • Interest in teaching and training psychological approaches to clinical care
  • Experience in service development
  • Experience of working as a psychologist with young people in residential settings
Specialist Skills Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Well developed skills and knowledge in developmental psychology, attachment and trauma theories and the application of these in support of clients with complex presentations involving relational disruption and trauma
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration, in particular as applied to the needs of young people in criminal justice system.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Ability to provide leadership and support on a multidisciplinary basis to the whole system when working with complex, high-risk/high-harm behaviours
  • Capacity to form therapeutic relationships with service users who are in secure settings and the community
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health
  • A high level 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.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups, such as individuals within forensic settings.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies.
  • Training in specific and relevant therapy skills e.g. CBT or DBT
Other Attributes Essential
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services
  • Ability to show openness and vulnerability and acknowledge the impact of trauma on the self and wider organisations, and willingness to ask for help and seek support from others
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Enquiring, critical approach to work
  • Caring and compassionate attitude towards clients, cares and family
  • Ability to communicate effectively with young people, relatives, and professional allies.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development, as recommended by the BPS and the requirements of Care Quality
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to equality & diversity.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in working pattern
  • Demonstrates energy, enthusiasm & initiative in pursuing innovation and the highest standards for clients, juniors, others, colleagues & the organisation.
  • IT Literate
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to ma

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