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Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year pa inc
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post is based at HMP Wandsworth where you will work within the Mental Health team, consisting of psychological therapists and multi-professional mental health colleagues to embed psychologically informed care in the service.

You will provide a specialist psychological therapies service to offenders in emotional distress at the prison, providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers.

You will work to the Trust's vision and values, and focus on enabling all staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.

Main duties of the job

The post is based within the mental health team at HMP Wandsworth. The role is dynamic, challenging and rewarding.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a keen interest in working with people who have led chaotic lives and who present with complex emotional needs and forensic histories as part of a multi-disciplinary team, consulting on and promoting psychological and trauma informed approaches to understanding and working with this population.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Oxleas Forensic Psychological Therapies department is an unusually large, long established and nationally well regarded specialty. Psychological therapists are highly valued within the wider directorate and trust and occupy a variety of service-wide leadership roles, including as Responsible Clinicians. Staff in the Forensic Directorate report the highest levels of job satisfaction in a Trust recognised for positive employee feedback. The Psychological Therapies team is warm and friendly, whilst also being dynamic and innovative.

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

You will promote an environment in which therapeutic relationships facilitate safety and change, by offering psychological perspectives and emotional support to nursing and operational teams, and promoting psychological thinking in teams. You should have interests in working with personality difficulties and complex trauma, including providing direct psychological assessments and interventions, and working in mutli- disciplinary and multi-agency contexts.

You will supervise and manage assistant psychologists, supervise psychological interventions delivered by MDT colleagues, and supervise psychology students and doctoral trainees.

Aside from the stimulating clinical work, benefits of the post include monthly teaching sessions within the psychology department, monthly peer supervision in addition to regular individual supervision, a range of interesting CPD opportunities and opportunities for future career progression within the department.

We welcome applicants who are newly qualified or are approaching qualification who are enthusiastic and dedicated to working in this field, with or without prior experience in secure or forensic services. Aside from the stimulating clinical work, benefits of the post include monthly teaching sessions within the psychology department, monthly peer supervision in addition to regular individual supervision, a range of interesting CPD opportunities and opportunities for future career progression within the department. The successful applicant would have access to specialist trauma training, including EMDR.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Entry-level qualification in applied psychological therapy/mental health/social welfare profession or equivalent and demonstrable practice in this field (ie professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level/supervised practice/additional training) that has been accepted for the purposes of professional registration.
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice (through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical psychological therapy practice, assessed by a registered body and/or an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher.
  • oRegistered with professional body or regulatory body as appropriate to psychological therapy discipline ie HCPC/UKCP/BACP/BABCP.
  • Completed training course in clinical supervision.
  • Training or qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of adult clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature under supervision.
  • Experience working with and addressing issues of diversity, including experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience in forensic / secure settings.
  • Experience of providing teaching and training.
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group, mental health and child protection.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex data analysis.

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