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Clinical Lead at Kirk Lodge PIPE AP

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Band 8a
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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CBT therapist, Substance misuse nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:

Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes

Main duties of the job

This exciting part-time position is available for an experienced clinician looking to extend their skills and knowledge by taking on the Clinical Lead role for the Psychologically Informed Planned Environment (PIPE) service at Kirk Lodge Approved Premises (AP)in Leicester.

You will be jointly responsible for implementation of the PIPE model alongside the Operational Lead/ AP manager. You will need to liaise effectively with senior Probation staff who hold operational responsibility for this important area of Probation Service delivery. You will work alongside Probation staff to support the transition of People on Probation with complex psychological needs at a significant stage in their sentence. You will lead on developing and maintaining a relational approach to working with residents of the AP through high quality individual and group supervision, staff training, reflective practice groups and management of group dynamics. Other key elements include maintenance of the Enabling Environments Award, co-ordination and provision of structured sessions for residents, including socially creative sessions. You will provide clinical supervision and support to a part-time Assistant Psychologist working with you. You will be actively involved in systematic governance, service developments, policy implementation, teaching, training and research across the Forensic Directorate.

About us

Working for our organisation Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

The Clinical Lead post at Kirk Lodge is one of several posts provided by the Midlands Partnership Trust to work in partnership with Probation Services to provide OPD Pathway services across the Midlands. The post holder will be offered support, clinical supervision, and training opportunities within MPFT and by the national Offender Personality Disorder Pathway team.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please note that applications are welcome from either Qualified and HCPC Registered Psychologist or Qualified and accredited Psychological Therapist, Sociotherapist or equivalent (IGA, UKCP or equivalent). Informal enquiries about the post are encouraged.

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. This understanding enables them to create 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. They aim to maximise ordinary situations and to approach these in a psychologically informed way. PIPEs are not treatment interventions; the PIPEs model has been developed as an environmental approach to enhance the delivery of core work within Prison and Probation (community) settings, where additional psychological considerations are required.

The Approved Premises at Kirk Lodge is a highly specialised service, providing 32 beds and taking men on licence upon release from custody. The PIPE model is well established, and Kirk Lodge has accreditation as an Enabling Environment as overseen by The Royal College of Psychiatry.

JOB TITLE: Clinical Lead at Kirk Lodge PIPE: Specialist Applied Psychologist or accredited Psychological Therapist

BAND: 8a

HOURS: 30 hours per week

DEPARTMENT: Forensic Psychological Services

LOCATION: Kirk Lodge Approved Premises, Leicester

REPORTS TO: Head of Forensic Psychological Services / OPD Pathway Strategic Lead

KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Probation staff working with people on Probation at Kirk Lodge and other Probation premises. National Leads and NHS/HMPPS Commissioners for PIPEs and the Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) Pathway. Health, Social Care and other staff delivering care to service users within the MPFT Forensic Mental Health Directorate including other OPD Pathway services.

  • Implementing and maintaining the Psychologically Informed Planned Environment (PIPE) at Kirk Lodge Approved Premises
  • Supervision or day-to-day support to the Assistant Psychologist.


You will: Hold a strategic position as Clinical Lead for the Psychologically Informed and Planned Environment (PIPE) at Kirk Lodge Approved Premises.
  • Work with the Head of Forensic Psychological Services and the Directorate OPD Pathway Strategic Lead, together with the Probation Service Strategic and Operational Leads, to agree objectives and project plans for the implementation and ongoing development of the PIPE model and accreditation as an Enabling Environment at Kirk Lodge.
  • Lead in development and implementation of an agreed project plan to ensure delivery of these core PIPE components, working closely with the Probation Service (PS) AP/PIPE Operational Lead (Approved Premises Manager).
  • Provide teaching, training, and clinical supervision to staff at Kirk Lodge Approved Premises to support their understanding and delivery of a psychologically informed service to male residents.
  • Supervise and oversee the development and implementation of structured activities and socially creative sessions that form part of the PIPE model.
  • Work with the Head of Forensic Psychological Services / OPD Pathway Strategic Lead in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • Liaise with OPD Pathway Commissioners and the MPFT OPD Pathway Strategic Lead in completion of key performance indicators and assessment and monitoring tools for the national evaluation of the PIPE, to provide regular performance data and project updates to commissioners.
  • Supervise or support on a regular basis (dependent on qualification) the Assistant Psychologist regarding their input supporting these aspects of the service.
  • Contribute to teaching, audit, research, and cross specialty initiatives relevant to the needs of the Psychology Service, Forensic Mental Health Service and Midlands Partnership NHS Trust.

To view a detailed job description and person specification please see the supporting documents.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psycho-pathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Trained in clinical supervision of doctoral trainees.
  • Currently registered with the HCPC.
  • Eligible for BPS Chartered Status. Eligible for full membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice relevant to working with people with learning disabilities.
  • Training/qualifications in ABA and/or PBS or the willingness to complete such training.
Experience Essential
  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, seeing service users presenting with a wide variety of mental health and behavioural needs in a range of settings. Offering evidence-based psychological interventions and adhering to appropriate best practice and professional guidance as a qualified clinician.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with services users with a learning disability and with people on the autistic continuum; including those presenting with behavioural needs which challenges services.
  • Demonstration of current KSF competencies consistent with the 8a profile or the ability to develop into this role
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Providing psychological advice and consultancy to others as part of a community learning disability team.
  • Teaching, training and clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses.
  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Post doctorial experience in one or more highly specialist areas of psychological practice, for example, Applied Behavioural Analysis, Forensic Psychology and Positive Behaviour Support.
  • Experience of working in services for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges services.
  • Experience of working with offenders or those at risk of offending.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological approaches for working with complex behavioural needs, people on the autistic continuum, and with people with complex mental health difficulties.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS, including Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding.
  • Advanced skills in the assessment, formulation, and treatment of people with learning disabilities.
  • Well-developed skills in risk assessment and risk management including skills to prevent, de-escalate and manage verbal and physical aggression from service users on a day to day basis.
  • Knowledge of the current policy content and relevant legislation for people with a learning disability and complex behavioural and/or forensic needs; including DSR processes, CTR/CETR & LAEPs.
  • Application of Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology post-qualification.
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and co

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