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Assistant Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced psychological assistant to support the Clinical Lead and Operational Lead role in implementing and maintaining the NHS and HMPPS Psychologically Informed Planned Environment (PIPE) model, which forms part of a pathway of services within the Offender Personality Disorder Strategy. This is a new PIPE service which is in development at Dickson House Approved Premises for men in Fareham, which provides 19 beds, taking men on licence upon release from custody from the Hampshire area and nationally.

Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPEs) are specifically designed, contained environments where staff members have additional training to develop an increased psychological understanding of their work and work in a psychologically informed way. This understanding enables the provision of an enhanced safe and supportive environment, which can facilitate the development of those who live and work there. They are designed to have a particular focus on the environment in which they operate; actively recognising the importance and quality of relationships and interactions.

Main duties of the job

You will have a key role in creating, supporting, and maintaining a healthy psychosocial environment; working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop a service that adheres to the theoretical principles of the PIPE model. This may include facilitation, assessment, research, design, and delivery of the core components of the PIPE model, including group work working alongside the service Clinical Lead.

The post holder will support Clinical and Operational leads in the development of a positive and enabling milieu, ensuring that the delivery of psychosocial aspects of the PIPE service is compliant with policy and delivery arrangements. This will include supporting the PIPE service to work towards meeting and maintaining the standards set out for the Enabling Environment award

This job works with those who are under Probations Services, and with a wider multi-disciplinary team, to reduce the risk of reoffending and enhance the provision of a safe environment. This is achieved through conducting research, providing consultancy, delivering training for staff and assessments and interventions for offenders. Through the application of their developing forensic psychology knowledge and skills the job holder will contribute towards reducing the risk of reoffending, protecting the public and maintaining the decency agenda, whilst also promoting the principles of the Personality Disorder Strategy and supporting the development of a psychologically and socially informed planned environment

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities
The post holder will be working with a wide range of complex dynamics within the environment and host organisation. This will require the post holder to take a proactive and reflective role, working effectively alongside clinical, operational, and strategic leads for the service to promote effective service development. The post holder will contribute to the development of other staff in the multidisciplinary team by delivering training and clinical support. They will also participate in individual and group supervision on a regular basis with the Clinical Lead and PIPE team.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • An upper second-class honours degree or higher in psychology.
  • Entitlement to GBR from the British Psychological Society.
  • Further post-graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice, personality disorder, and/or research design and analysis.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of paid work in direct care provision, including the delivery of psychological interventions. For example, having worked as an Assistant Psychologist, Psychological Well-being Practitioner in IAPT setting, or under the direct supervision of a clinical psychologist.
  • Experience of working within an Adult Mental Health setting.
  • Experience of clinical audit and/or service based research.
  • Experience of contributing to the delivery of structured group interventions for people with mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of working within a forensic setting with forensic service users.
  • Experience of working with personality disorder.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of psychometric testing (delivery, scoring and interpretation).

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