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Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist /Psychological Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience p.a. inc.
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist / Psychological therapist

BAND 7 (1.0WTE)

Secondment opportunities can be considered.

Main duties of the job

The post is based within the mental health teams in the Greenwich prison cluster - HMP Belmarsh / HMP Thameside and HMP/YOI Isis, The role is dynamic, challenging and rewarding and operates a trauma informed approach to treatment.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a keen interest in working with people who have led chaotic lives and who present with complex emotional needs and forensic histories as part of a multi-disciplinary team, consulting on and promoting psychological and trauma informed approaches to understanding and working with this population.

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

You will promote an environment in which therapeutic relationships facilitate safety and change, by offering psychological perspectives and emotional support to nursing teams, and promoting psychological thinking in teams. You should have interests in working with personality difficulties and complex trauma, including providing direct psychological assessments and interventions, and working in multi- disciplinary and multi-agency contexts.

You will supervise and manage assistant psychologists, supervise psychological interventions delivered by MDT colleagues, and supervise psychology students and doctoral trainees.

Aside from the stimulating clinical work, benefits of the post include monthly teaching sessions within the psychology department, monthly peer supervision in addition to regular individual supervision, a range of interesting CPD opportunities and opportunities for future career progression within the department.

We welcome applicants who are newly qualified or are approaching qualification who are enthusiastic and dedicated to working in this field, with or without prior experience in secure or forensic services.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • experience of working with LD/ASD/Forensics
  • Achieved grade
  • 2 years of experience in LD/ASD/Forensic settings
  • HCPC
  • Masters/doctorate level
Working in Community setting/Inpatient services Essential
  • Experience of therapeutic involvement
  • provide specialist psychological assessments
Experience of Autism Essential
  • experience of working with LD/ASD/Forensics
  • working experience
  • interview/application form

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