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Psychological Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Newton Abbot
£40,057 to £45,839 a year
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical, Counselling or Forensic) to work within the Prison Mental Health team covering the three Devon Prisons; HMP’s Exeter, Channings Wood and Dartmoor, where the centralised team is based at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish.

The role is dynamic and challenging. The Prison Mental Health team is required to provide a full mental health service at each prison establishment, including primary and secondary care. A stepped care model of service intervention is adhered to, and the service is regularly reviewed against the Royal College of Psychiatrists Standards for Prison Mental Health, which applicants are welcome to review at their leisure.

There is an already established team consisting of assistant psychologists, and practitioner psychologists/ psychotherapists who are dedicated to delivering high quality mental health services to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised service users.

We will support you to learn the skills you need to thrive in the role. We will offer you the training and development support you need to begin a fulfilling career. In return, you will need to be motivated, flexible and eager to learn.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves us as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will have a relevant professional qualification and registration, and have experience of working with individuals with a range of mental health issues, in mental health and/or secure services.

You will be skilled in psychological assessment, formulation and intervention and able to make good use of supervision to manage the complexity of this work with the service user group. Experience of supervising others and providing training/teaching is desirable.

The successful applicant will be able to work well as part of a team in a challenging environment, thinking creatively about ways of working collaboratively and effectively with partner agencies. They will be able to work autonomously, within the bounds of the role, and as part of a psychology team aiming to provide a consistent service across the three sites.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description and person spécification in the supporting documents for more information

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a wide range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality
  • Experience of working under supervision in adult mental health contexts
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (D.Clin.Psychol. or equivalent) and eligible for Chartered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Status in the British Psychological Society and Registered with HCPC. Psychological Therapists need to be trained to masters level or equivalent in a specific psychological therapy and registered with an appropriate recognised professional body e.g. UKCP, BABCP.
  • Further training or experience in clinical specialism
  • Further training in related area
  • Further training in at least one (other) psychological therapy
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • Knowledge and familiarity of secure services; and of the services in the NHS where psychology and psychological therapies is commonly applied.
  • An understanding of providing psychological therapy for service users presenting with Severe and Complex mental health problems.

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