Clinical or Forensic Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for a suitable qualified and experienced Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to join the Greater Manchester Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) team to deliver key aspects of the OPD strategy.

The OPD Strategy is a nationwide programme of services in HMPPS to improve the wellbeing and futures of men, women and young people who have personality difficulties linked to their serious offending behaviour. Psychologists are a vital part of the programme, nurturing understanding and change in the lives of the offenders who participate and the professional practices of the prison and probation staff with whom they are engaged. Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPEs) are a key part of the OPD Strategy.

PIPES are contained environments where staff members have additional training and ongoing support from a dedicated psychologist to develop an increased understanding of their work with the offenders in their care to create an enhanced safe and supportive environment, which can facilitate the development of all those who live and work there, changing lives and prospects for the better.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a suitably qualified and experience clinical or forensic psychologist and will hold a strategic position as Lead Clinician for the PIPE service. They will have a key role in creating and maintaining a healthy psychosocial environment, ensuring the unit adheres to the theoretical principles of the PIPE model.

Those principles underpin the design, delivery and oversight of core components of the PIPE concept, including group work and the management of group dynamics. The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of the PIPE concept and to staff development by offering training and support in working with offenders with personality disorder and providing clinical supervision.

The PIPE lead clinician element is 0.8 WTE. The remaining 0.2 WTE is with the Insight Team, part of the OPD strategy. The main task of this element of the role involves offering formulation consultations to Offender Managers alongside specialist probation officers.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford, Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To develop formulations identifying the relevant biological, social, environmental and psychological factors generating and maintaining a service users difficulties
  • To propose appropriate psychological or psychologically-informed risk management based on the formulation
  • To support colleagues of other disciplines, principally offender managers, to understand and work in accordance with the explanation communicated in the formulation in order to improve outcomes for service users
  • To provide consultations to Offender Managers from the Probation Service for the purposes of psychologically informing their work generally, and specifically, sentence and risk management planning
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the entirety of your work with service users.

See attached detailed job description and person specification:

Staff benefits

Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.

27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years

Excellent pension

Cycle to work scheme

Salary sacrifice car scheme

Wellbeing programme

Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • Doctoral degree in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) plus further specialist training, research or study, conferring advanced theoretical and practical knowledge within the specialist field of psychological work with adults in forensic services
  • Eligibility for BPS Chartered status
  • Redistration with the Health and Care Professionals Council as HC
  • Training or experience working professionally with offenders in custodial setting
Experience Essential
  • 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. This must include maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Demonstrable post-qualification experience of working as a clinical psychologist
  • Experience in inpatient/ forensic/criminal justice settings
  • Specific additional experience in assessment and therapeutic work with adults, young people and families across the age range with a full range of presenting problems and across settings including community, outpatient and clinic settings.

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