Principal Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The Fen's is an innovative and challenging service forindividualswith chronic histories of traumawho are located in a male high-risk prison.

Our treatment draws on attachment theory and incorporates sensorimotor psychotherapy and schema focused therapy, along with a range of short-term interventions such as EMDR, CBT, CAT etc.Through a combination of individual and group therapies, patients are given opportunities to heal from trauma and neglect, improve wellbeing and reduce risk.

We will support you in broadening your therapeutic skills,management,and working to achieveorganisationalchange in a complex system. There are opportunities to further your research interests through our links withUniversities.

The roles are permanent, full-time positions with scope to work from home one day per week on a weekly basis.

You will join our diverse clinical team with a rich range of clinical and forensic experience.

I wanted to change, I was crying out to change. You know, it was a trust element....letting them see me warts and all....and that was the hard thing. Breaking down crying...getting the stuff out I needed to. I grew from that...if I don't like myself, how can anyone else like myself. How can I move on if I don't forgive myself... I've got to give myself a chance.Current service user

Main duties of the job

To provide a highly specialist psychological therapy service to patient(s), referred to the Fens Service and ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist psychology service as agreed with commissioners and CPFT.

To supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by specialist psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

To support the Clinical Lead who is responsible for the treatment programme in the development of highly specialised programmes of care and to provide highly specialised advice to non-psychological staff working directly with the patients.

To take responsibility for project work within a specified domain of the Fens service under the line management of one of the consultant Psychologist leads. To contribute to the development and management of the teaching and training programme for staff on the Fens service.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

  • To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems; emotional, cognitive and behavioural. In particular to use specialist knowledge in relation to offending behaviour, trauma and to develop psychological formulations of the connection between a persons personality psychopathology, and the risk they pose to others
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To incorporate the results of individual assessments, including neuropsychological assessment, into the formulations and treatment and care plans for the patient(s). To be able to articulate these formulations to other members of the multidisciplinary team including non-clinical staff using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills at a level which is accessible to all.
  • Within a cognitive interpersonal framework to develop plans for the formal psychological individual treatment/ formulation and/or management of a patients mental health and behavioural problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of these problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To provide management, co-ordination, and delivery in conjunction with the clinical lead, treatment leads, and partnership agencies, on the development of new innovative services within the Fens and wider prison. This will include the application of adjunctive and alternative therapies both within assessment and treatment provisions within the wider Fens services, supporting the psycho-social environment and developing appropriate evaluation methodologies and research protocols
  • To ensure that all members of the clinical and operational team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all patients in the OPDP Fens services, across all settings and agencies serving the patient group, including delivery of service user collaboration/co-production.
  • To take a leading role within the multi-disciplinary team meetings providing direct input to those meetings and communicating information on psychological assessments, formulations and interventions undertaken by other psychologists/psychotherapists within the OPDP Fens service.
  • To contribute to the wider OPDP services by sharing information with other sites both through Outreach and continuity of care pathway services for patients entering and leaving high secure services in line with agreed data sharing protocols.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other partnership professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan
  • To undertake actuarial and clinical tools, in addition to highly specialist knowledge and expertise to inform ongoing risk assessment and risk management for individual patients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management for those cases held within the pathway but external to the Fens Service
  • To take a lead in working in partnership with other disciplines to help to establish and maintain multi-disciplinary team working and Care Programme Approach, including . acting as care coordinator in all that is required of this role.
  • To communicate throughout all service delivery elements in a highly skilled and sensitive manner to others (e.g. patients family, carers), as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the formulation and treatment plans of patients under their care in line with agreed data sharing protocols.
  • To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.
  • To attend and/chair OPDP meetings including but not limited to: MDT meetings, Prisoner Management meeting, programmes and governance meetings. Meetings will include partnership agencies and service user representatives.
  • To contribute to HMPPS process of reviews of patients, providing written or verbal reports as appropriate to the specific reviews. Such reviews include those that relate to suicidal behaviour (ACCT reviews), safeguarding, security status and sentence planning.
  • To work in partnership with other agencies and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.

  • To collect and communicate specific information as required by the commissioners responsible for the OPDP services.

    Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
    • oDoctoral/Masters level training in an applied psychology qualification to HCPC registration standards; to include, models of lifespan developmental psychology, psychopathology and clinical psychometrics in addition to two or more distinct therapies.
    • oRegistered as a Practitioner Psychologist with HCPC
    • oSpecialist psychological therapy training focussed on treatment of trauma/personality disorder.
    • oUndertaken Post graduate Psychological training to support role e.g. Personality Disorder training, trauma or a related attachment training such a CFT, SPI, Schema therapy . Risk Assessment training,
    • oSpecialised training related to Personality Disorders (e.g. Assessment and/ or Intervention).
    • oSupervision qualification
    Experience Essential
    • oSignificant experience of working as a Qualified Psychologist, at a specialist level, within a low/medium/high secure Forensic/ Personality Disorder/ Mental Health Setting.
    • oExperience of completing specialist psychological assessments (including neuropsychological), formulations and interventions across at least two care services such as; other secure residential facility, group or family therapy; child or adolescent services; neurological or rehabilitation services
    • oExperience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and across different cultures, disabilities and inequalities.
    • oExperience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, (e.g. experience of working with challenging verbal, emotional and/ or behavioural presentations).
    • oExperience of work within a Multi-Disciplinary Team.
    • oExperience of exercising full clinical responsibility for the delivery of psychological care and treatment.
    • oExperience of the delivery of teaching, training and clinical supervision of others.
    • oExperience of inter-agency working.
    • oExperience of working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team within a forensic/secure setting and/or personality disorder community service.
    • oExperience of assessing and treating clients across a range of forensic/secure setting and/ or community personality disorder service.
    • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework
    • oLived experience of mental health
    • oExperience of working with clients who present with the full range of clinical severity, across a range of care settings (e.g. community, out-patient, in-patient, secure hospital and/ or forensic settings).
    • oExperience of managing other professionals within a care setting.
    • oEvidence of service user co-production or collaboration in a relevant field
    Skills and Abilities Essential
    • oAble to demonstrate commitment to and/or experience of developing a high-quality care and service provision (e.g. responsibility for initiating and implementing new developments)
    • oSkills in the use of integrating complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management in the application of care plans for high risk patients
    • oSkills in designing individual and group work interventions and in programme planning.
    • oSkills in planning and caseload management for self and others within service delivery.
    • oExcellent verbal and written communication skills. Able to communicate complex, highly technical and / or clinically sensitive information including contentious and highly distressing information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance.
    • oSkills in providing consultation and supervision to other

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