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Psychological Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year pa inc
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a band 7 Psychological Therapist post within the London Pathways Partnership (LPP). LPP is a consortium of five London NHS Trusts co-delivering community and custodial services under the national Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway programme in partnership with Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) and third sector providers including Together for Mental Wellbeing, Women in Prison and Penrose. Our staff are among the most experienced teams nationally working with men and women who have serious offence histories that are linked to their personality difficulties.

The post holder will provide highly specialised psychological input to a pan-London Integrated Community Pathways Service (ICPS), incorporating the Core-Offender Management service as well as Standard and Enhanced Intensive Intervention and Risk Management Service (IIRMS).

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based within the South East ICPS team at Lewisham probation and will also attend local probation offices. The postholder will work closely with the South East Leads and Probation Service partners to provide a psychologically-informed service that aims to support the effective management and engagement of offenders with personality disorders/difficulties whilst they are residing in the community. The postholder will hold a caseload of service users, who will require comprehensive clinical assessments/formulations/risk management plans and will contribute to the delivery of intensive psychological interventions, with scope to include Mentalisation Based Treatment, schema therapy or trauma-focused interventions. Consultation and liaison with professionals in the Probation Service, MAPPA and other health/criminal justice/third sector agencies is required; and to ensure the delivery of high-quality services meeting performance, quality and governance standards.

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 provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team 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, 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, 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 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 care plans
  • To provide 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 act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care
  • 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.

  • Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
    • Doctoral level training in clinical/forensic/counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developments as accredited by the BPS. -OR- Relevant clinical qualification within health or social care professions; In addition to accreditation and registration with the relevant clinical body (e.g. Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) - accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. Or Registration with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC)
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
    Experience Essential
    • 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.

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