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Principal Psychologist, Service Lead, Women’s MHTR Service, Band 8b

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£61,861 to £70,959 a year pa inc
Closing date
13 Aug 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to lead and develop a newly commissioned pan-London Women's Mental Health Treatment Requirement service to reduce custodial sentences and improve the wellbeing of women in the criminal justice system with mental health needs. This is a London Pathways Partnership (LPP) service, jointly provided by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust and voluntary sector partner Together for Mental Wellbeing.

LPP are looking for two 0.6 WTE B8b Clinical or Counselling Psychologists to lead the service across London; with the posts operating as a jobshare independently taking a lead on North and South locations and ensuring seamless delivery pan-London throughout the year. The role will be responsible for operational service delivery across all courts in London. The successful candidates will hold a small complex clinical caseload and be responsible for supervision of the clinical team.

Main duties of the job

The posts are being advertised by both CNWL and Oxleas and candidates will be considered for both posts at interview. Both trusts support flexible working and applications for secondments to this substantive role will be considered. We hope to recruit a staff team reflective of the population we serve and welcome applications from those with protected characteristics, including women and minoritised ethnic groups.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To develop psychological pathways, assessment processes and treatment interventions across all levels of stepped care model.
  • To liaise with other therapists within the mental health team, in third sector partner organisations and with other counselling providers to ensure robust referral pathways and appropriate division of cases.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments to those referred to the MHTR service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health and personality problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.
  • To develop individual formulations and to lead team formulation planning applying theoretical models of the psychology of mental health, behavioural difficulties and offending, to observed behaviour, cognitive, emotional and interpersonal patterns.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals and groups in the prison, employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • oAn honours degree in Psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • oDoctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology or equivalent, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, equivalent to that accredited by the BPS.
  • oEvidence of significant post-qualification specialist training, experience and developing expertise in a specialist area of clinical practice.
  • oHCPC Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • oCompletion of supervisor training course.
  • oPre- or Post-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Paid/unpaid relevant to job Essential
  • oSubstantial assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist including at a highly specialist level or an alternative agreed by the Chief Psychologist
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • oExperience 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.
  • oAdvanced 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 working within a prison environment and of supporting and developing psychological services in such
  • oAdvanced skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oWell 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.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • oWell developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult-to-treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities).

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