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Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist; Psychological Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, compassionate and motivated Psychological Therapist for a post based at the Bracton Centre near Bexley. We will consider part time from 0.6 WTE (22.5 hours) up to full time 1.0 WTE (37.5 hours). Please make your preference clear in your application. The structure of the role may change in response to part time hours. All Mondays and the first Friday of every month are required; there is flexibility for other days.

On a 1.0 WTE basis (subject to amendment if appointed on a part-time basis), the role would comprise:

A majority of the role will be based in secure care (3.5 days). You will hold responsibility for psychology delivery to an inpatient ward for service users with presenting problems that have been unsuccessfully addressed within traditional models of forensic inpatient care, and who may benefit from a more psychosocial, needs-based model. You will have opportunities to work with individual service users as well as group interventions, and to work closely with the nursing team and wider multi-disciplinary team.

You will be supported by a senior psychologist to hold the psychology contribution to the Trauma Informed Care innovation and development process for the Directorate.

To support clinical skills in a psychological-therapies specific setting, the postholder may hold a small clinical caseload in our outpatient psychological therapies service, the William Morris Centre (1.5 days).

Main duties of the job

Further to the above, you will supervise an assistant psychologist and students and trainees undertaking placements for clinical and forensic psychology. The post includes opportunities to undertake CPD, deliver teaching and training, and to undertake and supervise research and audit related to service delivery.

The Forensic Psychological Therapies department in Oxleas provides a breadth of professional opportunities across community, prison and hospital settings and opportunities for research and career progression through ongoing professional development. The post holder will be encouraged to consolidate and further develop their skills and clinical interests in a friendly and supportive multi-professional and multi-agency context. There is access to a network of specialist psychological supervision groups across the forensic directorate. Professionally, psychologists in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust are highly valued and occupy a variety of directorate and Trust-wide leadership roles, including quality assurance, quality improvement, and operating as Responsible Clinicians.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. 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 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, 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

  • To clinically deliver psychological assessments and interventions to a caseload of inpatient and community service users.
  • To offer psychological advice and consultation to multi-disciplinary colleagues and other agencies that promotes patient, carer and staff safety and wellbeing.
  • With support from the Inpatient Psychology Lead and line manager, to promote psychological and trauma informed approaches to care.
  • Supported by a senior psychologist, to lead on the psychology contribution to Trauma Informed Care development and Innovation for the Directorate.
  • Responsibility for supervising and professionally managing assistant psychologists.
  • Supervising and oversight of the supervision of trainees and students.
  • Enable all staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by contributing to a psychologically safe environment.
  • To undertake delegated tasks pertaining to governance and service developments relevant to the role.
  • To work autonomously with professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, research, and policy and service development within the forensic specialties directorate.
  • To champion the Trusts vision and values.

Person Specification Essential criteria Essential
  • Have a minimum of one year post qualification experience
  • Have experience of working in forensic settings
  • HCPC registration or equivalent
  • Experience of working in MDT
  • Post-qualification of working with and addressing issues of diversity, including experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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