Specialist Psychological Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year Per Annum
Closing date
19 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Specialist Psychological Therapist, Band 8a Permanent - Full Time - 37.5 hours per week

Greenwich Prisons - Thamesmead, SE28 0EB

This is an exciting opportunity for a specialist psychological therapist with an interest in personality disorder and/or complex care to become involved in the roll-out of a highly innovative Support Service across the Greenwich prison establishments. The post holder will be involved in all aspects of delivery, working alongside prison and clinical staff to support prisoners who demonstrate persistent disruptive behaviour to progress through their sentence. There are opportunities to develop formulation and treatment plans and involvement in teaching, complex case management, consultation and multi-agency liaison.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will help develop Oxleas' expanding prison psychological therapies service and refine its emerging model of trauma informed care to ensure effective and non-excluding delivery of a service that aims to achieve equivalence with community provision.

Working autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures. Utilising research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

The post holder will be encouraged to consolidate and further develop their skills and clinical interests in a friendly and supportive multi-professional and multi-agency context. There is access to a network of specialist psychological supervision groups across the forensic directorate.

There will be an expectation that the post holder supervises trainee Clinical/Forensic psychologists, assistant psychologists, therapists and qualified clinical/Forensic psychologists, offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other non-professional carers.

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 provide highly specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of 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, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems and other relevant issues, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of highly specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams 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 highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically-based standard care plans.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically-based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To provide clinical placements, as the lead clinical supervisor, for trainee clinical/forensic psychologists ensuring the trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to health care, and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.
  • To provide clinical supervision and professional guidance to qualified psychologists.
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical/forensic psychology over and above that provided within the principal service area where the post-holder is employed.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of relevant healthcare staff, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advice both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To manage the workloads of assistant and qualified psychologists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant/qualified psychologists.
  • To be proficient in the use of IT for email, intranet and clinical record purposes. To be familiar with word processing, database and statistical packages, and to use such packages for complex data analysis as necessary. To use appropriate computer software to develop and create clinical or other service-related reports or documents.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
  • To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager(s).
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology, forensic and related disciplines.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both mentally disordered offenders and to mental health.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered with a professional body
  • Forensic experience
  • Prison experience
  • Experience working with complex cases

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