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Principal Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Band 8B
Full Time
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Working alongside Spectrum Community Health CIC as prime provider, TEWV will be delivering a holistic pathway for the management of high complexity and high-risk offenders. The Enhanced Reconnect service will build upon the Reconnect programme, providing an enhanced, specialist pathway of care to prisoners throughout the release period addressing health and wellbeing needs, including social care, mental health, substance misuse and primary care. This service will focus on supporting and engaging individuals who may not be able to access the care provision designed for them. This may be due to risk, social exclusion factors, demographic or offence category which may cause challenges adapting to community healthcare provision and pro-social community behaviours.

The model adopted by the Enhanced Reconnect service is psychologically led, trauma-informed and neurodiverse. The service offers interventions, structured support, advocacy, signposting and engagement with community-based health and support services.

Main duties of the job

You will offer specialist assessment and interventions for this complex group of individuals within the criminal justice system. You will support complex case management through coordinated interventions, support and risk management from multiple agencies (i.e. health, criminal justice, local authorities, substance misuse, employment and voluntary sector organisations). The majority of this service will be delivered within local approved premises.

About us

To provide the support to the Consultant Psychologist leading the service and to contribute to the leadership to the service ensuring a psychological, trauma-informed approach is adopted and lead on the delivery of this enhanced pathway of care.

You will liaise and work closely with providers in prison establishments to support release planning that is relevant, accessible and appropriate for those in the Enhanced Reconnect cohort. You will contribute to the development of a referral pathway that allows stepping up and down to the Enhanced Reconnect service in line with the service specification, namely the 3 classifications of 1. National Security Division; 2. At Risk of Extremism; 3. Regional Probation Service identified as very high/high risk and complex.

You will supervise assistant psychologists and support and guide the nurse practitioner, occupational therapist and social worker. You will work alongside and with health care navigators and peer support workers with Rethink Mental Illness and Humankind.

We offer a wide range of professional development opportunities and training and encourage individuals to further develop their own clinical skills and experience. We also have a large research agenda within the Forensic Service and encourage individuals to pursue this.

We place a strong emphasis on professional and clinical supervision in order to support and develop individuals as part of our commitment indelivering the highest quality clinical service.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be an experienced applied psychologist with considerable experience of research and practice in forensic settings. You will have a proven track record of working with adults within the criminal justice system and substantial experience in the provision of at least one governed psychological therapy (e.g CBT/DBT/EMDR/CAT/Schema Therapy).

Please see the Job Description for further information and make contact to discuss the post in more detail.

As part of the interview process you will be required to give a 10-minute presentation.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Trained in care co-ordination
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Chartership with the BPS
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified practitioner within forensic services
  • Experience of working within a relational model
  • Research and development in forensic services
  • Project management
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidence- based practice relevant to the role
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge and practical experience of managing governance issues
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to the client group and mental health and its implications for clinical practice
  • Highly developed knowledge and skills in the care of difficult to treat groups
Skills Essential
  • Communicate highly complex, highly sensitive and contentious information effectively to a wide range of people
  • Adapt creatively the evidence base for interventions in mental health for clients with communication difficulties / learning disabilities
  • Undertake complex multi-agency working and liaise within multiple systems
  • Provide effective teaching, training and supervision to a wide range of members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Identify, provide and promote appropriate interventions / support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Able to actively engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in highly distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • Self-aware and committed to professional and personal development.

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