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HMP Forest Bank - Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year Per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner to work within the primary care mental health service at HMP Forest Bank. HMP Forest Bank is a Category B prison which houses male prisoners age 18 upwards. The prison is operated by Sodexo Justice who work in partnership with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to provide a high standard of mental health care to those in their custody.

The model of care used by the service is the stepped care model and the post holder will deliver low intensity, psychologically informed interventions to help support service users with mild to moderate mental health problems at step 2.

We welcome applicants who have a genuine interest in working within the Health & Justice setting in prison. The successful applicant will receive regular clinical and managerial supervision along with excellent training and development opportunities within GMMH.

Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for providing a qualified psychological wellbeing therapy service to adult, male service users who are in custody at HMP Forest Bank.

The post holder will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring that high quality individualised care is delivered which ensures safety and a commitment to promoting recovery and wellbeing.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description Job responsibilities

See attached detailed job description and person specification:

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

You must have been in the UK for 12 months prior to applying for this post and be able to provide a 6 year address history to be able to complete the prison clearance.

This role is subject to a additional recruitment and retention premia of £1542 per annum

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post graduate certificate in psychological wellbeing OR Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (APIMH)
  • Evidence of continuous practice development related to delivering psychological interventions to both individuals and groups
Experience Essential
  • Experience of undertaking patient centred interviews to identify areas of change and support
  • Experience of carrying out thorough risk assessments along with providing a range of evidence based psychological interventions including guided self help based on cognitive therapy and psycho-educational groups
  • Experience of working with offenders either within a prison, inpatient setting or in the community
Knowledge Essential
  • Extensive knowledge of common mental health disorders
  • Knowledge of specialist needs of service users within the prison environment and criminal justice system
Skills Essential
  • Ability to organise own time, appointments and caseload effectively.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to write reports and present information in a concise way
  • Ability to deliver training packages / programmes

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