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Senior Clinical / Forensic Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£63,541 to £72,639 a year Per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAS pro rata
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Psychologist, Forensic mental health nurse
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
We are excited that our prison services are transforming in partnership with other healthcare providers across our BEH London Prisons and are looking for candidates who are interested in working in prison mental health to come and work with us in our Mental Health Hub. This role involves overseeing the provision of psychological assessment and therapies across Early Days in Custody, Planned Care, Unscheduled (Crisis Care) and Release and Transfer teams.

The post holder will support psychological therapists in delivering evidence-based interventions for men with complex difficulties, including trauma and personality disorders, and will provide clinical supervision and line management to a range of therapists, including Clinical and Forensic Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

The successful applicant will lead on the review and development of clinical pathways alongside the Head of Therapy for Prisons, and will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities such as clinical work and delivery of training, as well as leading on service improvement initiatives and evaluations.

Main duties of the job

Our current focus is on embedding a trauma- informed approach to care across the prison, as well as developing our pathways for those with neuro-divergence, so experience and knowledge of trauma informed models of care and neurodevelopmental conditions is likely to be helpful.

The post holder will contribute to risk assessment and management, working alongside partner agencies and prison colleagues to improve outcomes for those most at risk.

The successful applicants must have experience in working in forensic settings and in the supervision/line management of qualified staff. Excellent communication skills, strong IT literacy skills, and skills in data collection and evaluation are also required for this post.

We are committed to supporting our staff with their professional development. The successful applicant will enjoy the support of a motivated team of clinicians dedicated to the provision of the highest possible standard of clinical care and treatment.

About us

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million.

In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care. BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS) . We are rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. We have also been appointed as the lead provider of forensic mental health services across North London managing the devolved New Models of care budget of £170m since 2018/19.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical/forensic psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC) (e.g. Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) - accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration.
  • Completion of further post-doctoral/post-qualification specialist training i.e training in clinical supervision
  • Trained in EMDR or the ADOS
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, risk management and treatment of high risk high harm service users with significant personality difficulties across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, and inpatient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience at a highly specialist level with the service user group of the post
  • Significant experience of inter-agency working with forensic mental health, probation and/or prison services, including consultation to these services
  • Experience of developing and delivering training and of clinical supervision
  • Significant management and supervision experience
  • Experience of working in prisons
  • Experience of service development, and/or supporting transformation within services

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