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Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Additional regional secure unit allowance of £1446 per annum
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced psychologist interested in working with people whose early traumatic experiences have contributed to high risk offending behaviours?

Thames Valley Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway are looking for an experienced Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist to join our team.

Main duties of the job

We are jointly commissioned by the NHS and Probation Service and are responsible for providing psychological input into Probation teams including case identification and pathway management for high-risk, high harm people on probation with personality difficulties/ experiences of early life trauma. We are looking for a proactive, approachable clinician who is passionate about multi agency working, formulating complexity, and providing direct and indirect input to a stigmatised and marginalised population.The postholder will be responsible for providing consultations to OffenderManagers/Probation Practitioners (OM/PPs), Approved Premises staff and other professionals working with the person on probation (PoP). The postholder will work closely with Thames Valley Endeavour, the Intensive Intervention and Risk Management Service (IIIRMS) to identify PoPs who are eligible for direct psychosocial interventions and psychological therapy. The postholder will conduct joint work sessions with PoPs and OM/PPs as pre-engagement/motivational work prior to a referral to IIRMS; to develop a brief intervention; to demonstrate a technique or approach; to explore an unusual presentation; or observe relational dynamics with a view to deepening an understanding of the risk issues. There is the opportunity todevelop and deliver training and reflective practice for Probation teams and Approved Premises staff, with support from our wider departments reflective practice supervision space.

About us

The service is situated within Oxford Health's established community OPD services; you will be joining at an exciting time as we work to develop an integrated forensic community psychology pathway and move from a standard to an enhanced IIRMS model of delivery. There is an opportunity to see clients for psychological therapy within the IIRMS model, in addition to the consultation role explained above.We sit within the wider Forensic Mental Health Psychology team, who work in both inpatient and community settings. The whole psychology department meets monthly for a business meeting, CPD groups and reflective practice and there is a focus on ensuring we maintain connected with one another for support and development. Our psychology department is proud of the diversity of therapeutic approaches utilised inour work, where supervision and CPD is prioritised.We know that diversity in teams helps improve trust and respect between staff; it will enable excluded PoPs to engage. If you have any protected characteristic or are from a BAME background, then we are particularly keen to receive an application from you.Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:Excellent opportunities for career progression27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days withcontinuous serviceNHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailersStaff accommodationCompetitive pension schemeLease car schemeCycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please refer to the job description and person specification for a detailed explanation of the responsibilities of this role

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC
  • Post qualification training in specialist area of clinical work, relevant to a forensic population
Experience Essential
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision
  • Skills in providing consultation and advice from a psychological perspective to members of other professional and non-professional groups
  • Experience of working therapeutically with a forensic population with interpersonal difficulties
  • Experience within the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway
Personal Essential
  • A 'team player' and has demonstrated ability to work and deliver to team and organisational objectives

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