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Highly Specialist Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking for new challenges? Do you want to feel that you really make a difference? Are you someone with a passion for trauma-informed work, who wants to be part of changing young people's lives?

This might be the job for you... We are looking for aHighly Specialist Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist to join us as part of the integrated Health and Wellbeing team within HM Young Offenders Institute (YOI) Cookham Wood, caring for boys aged 15-18.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of this innovative model and also to use all of your clinical and interpersonal abilities, develop new skills and work with young people and staff who need and deserve high quality psychological care.

You could make a difference. This is a varied role working within a rich multidisciplinary team using a formulation-driven, trauma systems approach according to the SECURE STAIRS framework, within the Young Offenders Institute.

Black and minority ethnic young people, including those from Gypsy, Roma and Irish Traveller communities, are over-represented in the criminal justice system. We strive to deliver a culturally competent and responsive service that can meet the needs of our population. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, especially from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

Main duties of the job

If you are a Band 7 and looking for an opportunity to further your career or a Band 8a who has a passion to work with some of the most complex young people in custody, this role provides this opportunity as we are looking for a permanent 8a Clinical/Forensic or Counselling Psychologist.

Working within an integrated team affords us the benefit of being able to work in a truly holistic and responsive manner. The post holder will have previous experience in a relevant setting. An understanding of working within CAMHS is desirable. They will provide a comprehensive, highly specialist therapeutic service to young people and prison staff at HMYOI Cookham Wood, including psychological assessment and therapy. The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of the SECURE STAIRS Framework across a given landing or units.This will include supporting staff to develop skills in reflective practice and understanding of key theories, such as trauma-informed care and adolescent development. The successful candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills; and a proven ability to make evidence-based, informed decisions within a complex, rapidly changing and demanding environment.

Experience working with service-users with additional neuro-developmental needs, such as ADHD, social communication and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) would be beneficial to this role due to the diverse needs of the population.

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is a Top Employer Award Winner and works in partnership to provide responsive and dependable primary care, mental health, learning disabilities and substance misuse services to the diverse and culturally rich communities we serve.

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust offers its staff ongoing career progression through monthly supervision, annual personal development plans/appraisals and access to exciting internal and external training opportunities.

The trust alsovalues its staff and you are entitled to become a member of MyTrustBenefits. MyTrustBenefits is an online portal for all CNWL staff, as well as their family and friends. It offers over 1400 discounts at hundreds of retailers nationwide. Save money on your weekly food shops, toiletries, cosmetics, cinema, meals out, holidays, travel and entertainment. You can also access free online courses on a variety of topics, professional and personal, ranging from business management, languages, law and teaching.

Our site provides free parking for staff.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will coordinate and support the team in the process of multi-disciplinary collaborative formulation, providing clinical supervision, reflective practice, training and support to custodial colleagues in their day-to-day management of young people in the YOI.

The post-holder will be expected to operate flexibly within a challenging health care environment, involving multiple providers, whilst being an ambassador for Health and Wellbeing and CNWL. The post-holder will also support the team in the creation of effective pathways of care for the young people at YOI Cookham Wood.

Overview of main responsibilities

The postholder is expected to work flexibly across systems, offering therapeutic work to young people and their families, making links with community practitioners to promote the best outcomes for young people and being actively involved in their resettlement on release, or adjustment to transfer to the adult estate.

Supervise the work of Band 7 Practitioners, Assistant Psychologists and other colleagues in the team as needed, participate in team reflective practice.

The post holder will have an integral role in developing and maintaining a therapeutic culture on given units and across the YOI. This will involve teaching and training prison staff and multi-agency colleagues, being present and involved on the landings as a matter of course, providing informal consultation, clinical supervision, facilitating reflective practice, and running a range of therapeutic groups including weekly community meetings. They will play an active and integral role in the SECURE STAIRS Integrated Model of Care Framework at HMYOI Cookham Wood, including strategic work, liaison with senior members of prison staff, training and consultation.

They will be expected to work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures, and utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the Health and Justice Service Line.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical/forensic/counselling psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, equivalent to that accredited by the BPS OR oA recognised professional post-graduate qualification in Systemic Therapy, Family Therapy, Arts Therapies, Psychotherapy or relevant core mental health professional therapeutic training.
  • HCPC Registration
  • A good honours degree in Psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Evidence of post-qualification specialist training, experience and developing expertise in a specialist area of clinical practice.
  • Pre- or Post-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Completion of supervisor training course.
  • Post-qualification training in a recognised psychological therapy for trauma.
  • Reflective practice training and experience
  • Post-qualification experience and training in neurodevelopmental assessment and intervention
  • Post-graduate training or experience in a forensic mental health setting.
  • Further training in yoga or mindfulness-based approaches.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Team player.
  • Appreciation of the interface between our personal and professional lives, high level of self awareness and knowledge of principles of self care.
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed skills in the 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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Possesses range of clinical knowledge, skills & information technology expertise relevant to post.
  • Can demonstrate competence in supervision of junior qualified psychology and MDT staff and professional psychology trainees.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Broad knowledge of models of assessment, management and treatment of mentally disordered and PD offenders
  • Ability to work intensively with people who present challenges in the complexity of their problems and needs, including sexual and violent offending and self-harming and suicidal behaviours
  • High level of ability to plan and organise clinical service provision to meet service demands, and to maintain high quality professional practice.
  • Continually develop specialist knowledge and skills by engaging in relevant study and Continuing Professional Development relevant to the forensic population.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult-to-treat groups (e.g. people with additional disabilities).
  • Can apply psychological knowledge creatively in developing new initiatives.
  • Ability to write reports for varied audiences, including courts and purchasers of services.
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrate further specialist training / experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist or equivalent professional mental health discipline, over demonstratable years, or an alternative agreed by the Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client 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.
  • Experience of working effectively in multidisciplinary settings and preferably within a prison setting.
  • Experience of working with adolescents/young people.
  • Advanced knowledge, experience and expertise in at least one specialist area of clinical practice gained through specialist training and supervised practice (e.g. psychotherapy, neuropsychology, risk assessment, clinical supervision).
  • Experience of teaching and training.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
  • Experience of wor

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