Applied Trainee Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
March, Cambridgeshire
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit several Trainee posts and are aiming this at those wishing to develop and advance their career. Our treatment approach believes that people traumatised earlier in life and have then moved onto offend deserve the opportunity to heal these wounds and work towards safe release in the future. Consequently we provide an innovative, trauma focused treatment programme for male offenders within a high secure prison who have often lost all hope for their future.

Our cutting-edge treatment draws on attachment theory and incorporates sensorimotor psychotherapy and schema focused therapy. Through a combination of individual and group therapies, patients are given opportunities to heal from trauma and neglect, improve wellbeing and fundamentally reduce risk.

We will support you in broadening your therapeutic skills, project management and working to achieve change in a complex system as you complete your required learning to gain HCPC registration.

There are opportunities to be involved in new interventions as well as furthering your research skills and interests through our links with Nottingham Trent University.

The postholder will join our diverse clinical team of 22 people with a rich range of clinical and forensic experience. Flexibility, creativity, curiosity and openness to change are valued qualities within our team. The roles are permanent and there is scope to work from home on a weekly basis.

Main duties of the job

To provide an applied psychology assessment, formulation and psychological therapy treatment under clinical supervision to patients who are agreed to be a part of the OPDP Fens Service, which includes an outreach provision.

To support and advise on the psychological assessment and formulation of patients and the provision of psychological therapy and care provided by other members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment but are not professionally (clinically) qualified.

To contribute to the development of highly specialised programmes of assessment and care and to provide specialised advice to non-psychological staff working directly with the patients.

To work within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the CPFT, OPDP, including NHS England and HMPPS policies and procedures. To deliver teaching and consultancy, within areas of competency, to operational staff.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research, and to propose and implementpolicy changes within the Fens service as necessary. To contribute to the development of knowledge and evidence base in relation to the wider OPD pathway services including other high secure sites and lower security services.

The post holder will also adhere to the requirements of the OPDP SLA. To adhere to professional standards and training as stated in the relevant approved professional bodies. The post does not have any budgetary or management responsibilities.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

  • To deliver under supervision a high quality, responsive and accessible assessment, formulation and treatment programme for patients within the OPDP service, in accordance with the agreed treatment model
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments (where competent) of patients referred to the OPDP service under supervision and guidance based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including specialist psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patients care
  • To communicate the results of assessment and formulation to other members of the multidisciplinary team including non-clinical staff using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills
  • To communicate, using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills, the results of this assessment to the patient who may be hostile and antagonistic to receiving this information
  • To, albeit under supervision and guidance, 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, carers or group
  • To, albeit under supervision and guidance, develop plans for the formal psychological individual treatment and/or management of a patients mental health and behavioural problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and formulation of these problems, whilst employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy
  • To, albeit under supervision, develop, implement and evaluate appropriate group-work programmes; both structured and unstructured intervention groups as required by the treatment programme. As a result of the evaluation to formulate any necessary changes and adjust the programme
  • Under supervision and guidance [with other team members] to provide well-being adjunctive interventions such as virtual reality guided mindfulness to patients. As a result of evaluation to formulate any necessary changes and adjust the programme.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to patients formulation, and treatment/management plan
  • To take an active role within the multi-disciplinary team meetings providing direct input to those meeting and communicating information on psychological assessments, formulations and interventions delivered as part of the service but by other clinicians within the OPDP service.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • oB.Sc Hons Psychology Degree with further MSc qualification. Or a relevant field of applied psychology (minimum one year into doctoral qualification). Graduate registration with BPS
  • oPost-graduate training in therapeutic interventions one or more relevant additional specialised areas of psychological practice. Other relevant post graduate qualification.
  • oFurther training in forensic and mental well-being assessments, specifically risk of violence and risk of sexual violence such as HCR-20, VRS/SO, SCL90, BDI or other relevant mental health assessments
Experience Essential
  • oSupervised experience of working therapeutically using a cognitive interpersonal or CBT model working in a forensic service or related trauma field.
  • oSupervised experience of assessing and working therapeutically with people with history of trauma and attachment difficulties ideally in a forensic setting including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • oExperience of working within and contributing to multidisciplinary teams within a multi-agency setting.
  • oExperience of exercising supervised clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • oExperience of structured and unstructured group work
  • oExperience of teaching, training and clinical supervision.
  • oExperience of clinical audit and research
  • oExperience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • oExperience of inter-agency working.
  • oExperience of age across the lifespan.
  • oExperience of therapeutic work with diversity such as different genders and sexuality, varied ethnic and cultural needs.
  • oSupervised practice with clients suffering co-morbid symptoms across a range of axis I diagnoses including complex PTSD
  • oExperience of undertaking evaluations or service based research projects
  • oExperience of offence analysis and analysis of parallel offending behaviours.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of forensic and psychological assessment, psychological formulation and intervention, This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
  • oSkills in undertaking and developing a working clinical formulation
  • oSkills in delivering individual and group work programmes
  • oPlanning and organising skills for caseload management.
  • oSkills in self-management, including time-management
  • oWell developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information, to clients, their representatives and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • oGood understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group and an ability to engage and work with other professionals and disciplines
  • oAbility to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms, including regular supervision, for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and its implications for both clinical practice and management in relation to the client group.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development.
  • oAdvanced keyboard skills
  • 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 etc).
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
  • oSkills in programme development and planning.
  • oKnowledge of OPDP Services including issues likely to be paramount when working within this service
  • oKnowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis and qualitative analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • oKnowledge of CBT/ cognitive interpersonal approaches or NICE guidelines for the treatment of personality difficulties and attachment disruptions arising form childhood adversity.
  • oKnowledge of the wider OPD pathway and HMPPS services aimed to treatment and/or manage challenging behaviour resulting from early trauma.
  • oKnowledge of clinical governance, and MDT working

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