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Clinical / Forensic Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Employer
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Maghull
Salary
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Profession
Psychologist
Service
Prison and Forensic
Grade
Band 8A
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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To provide psychological support to Probation Officers within dedicated local delivery units (LDU) and approved premises in their management of high risk offenders identified as presenting with behaviour consistent with a personality disorder diagnosis. To work alongside probation colleagues to enhance the assessment and supervision of offenders and to support the implementation of the Personality Disordered Offender Pathway, aligned to the National Offender Personality Disorder Strategy.

The role will involve training and workforce development through consultation and training to probation practitioners and probation teams to enable an understanding of the psychological aspects of a client's risk and the development of psychologically informed formulations and risk management plans.

The post will be within Mersey care NHS Foundation Trust Secure Division Offender Personality Disorder Service/enhanced care service and the role will be professionally connected to the MSU psychology service and report to a Consultant Psychologist and Principal clinical psychologist. The post holder will operate within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the LDU's policies and procedures and will involve the utilisation of research skills for audit, policy and service evaluation within the area served by the team/service. The post holder will contribute to the operational management group and contribute to service audit and governance processes

Main duties of the job

Clinical

To provide specialist psychological consultation and formulation to probation practitioners to support them in the management and supervision of and intervention with people on probation.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's psychological problems.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals

To develop skills in and undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients.

Teaching, Training and Supervision

In common with all Clinical Psychologists, to receive regular supervision and management from senior professional colleagues.

To continue to gain wider post qualification experience of Clinical in line with BPS requirements.

To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching and training and to provide supervision to other staff's psychological work, e.g. staff from other designations, as appropriate.

Research and Service Evaluation

To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

To undertake appropriate research and project management.



About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

Qualifications

Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.

Post doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

HPC registration as a clinical/counselling psychologist with Chartered Status

Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees

Trained in care co-ordination

Evidence of continuing professional development

Knowledge and Experience

Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings, distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.

Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.

Teaching, training and clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses.

Research and development.

Quality and service improvement and evaluation.

Values

Continuous Improvement

Accountability

Respectfulness

Enthusiasm

Support

High professional standards

Responsive to service users

Engaging leadership style

Strong customer service belief

Transparency and honesty

Discreet

Change oriented

Skills

Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.

Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

Working level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.

Evidence- based practice relevant to the role.

Risk assessment and risk management

Clinical governance

Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

Audit and research methodology

Social Inclusion agenda

Ability to sit in a constrained position when working with clients.

Ability to sustain intense levels of concentration responding and participating as required.

Ability to self reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately.

Ability to cope and deal with highly distressing emotional circumstances.

Ability to cope with unpleasant working conditions.

Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

Person Specification Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience, Values and Skills Essential
  • oDoctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS. oPost doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice oHPC registration as a clinical/counselling psychologist with Chartered Status oTrained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees oTrained in care co-ordination oEvidence of continuing professional development
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings. oExperience 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. oExercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team. oTeaching, training and clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses. oResearch and development oQuality and service improvement and evaluation.
  • oContinuous Improvement oAccountability oRespectfulness oEnthusiasm oSupport oHigh professional standards oResponsive to service users oEngaging leadership style oStrong customer service belief oTransparency and honesty oDiscreet oChange oriented
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. oWell developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups. oWorking level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology. oEvidence- based practice relevant to the role oRisk assessment and risk management oClinical governance oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health. oAudit and research methodology oSocial Inclusion agenda oAbility to sit in a constrained position when working with clients. oAbility to sustain intense levels of concentration responding and participating as required. oAbility to self reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately. oAbility to cope and deal with highly distressing emotional circumstances. oAbility to cope with unpleasant working conditions. oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings. Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as
Desirable
  • oPre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • oExperience of teaching and training. oExperience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts. oKnowledge 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). oHigh level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies. oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health. oExperience of working within a multicultural framework.


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