Highly Specialist Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
The Trusted Relationships Service has grown from strength to strength since the original Home Office funding in 2018. Now moving in to our second year of mainstream funding, we are looking for an enthusiastic, independent, clinician to complete our team of 10 clinicians.

Our team support Police and Social care staff in their work to safeguard children who are at risk of abuse and exploitation. Based within the Complex Safeguarding teams, the Trusted Relationships' clinicians work with staff to facilitate psychological awareness, particularly in relation to trauma, by offering case-based consultation, staff support and bespoke-training.

The Trusted Relationships Service is a team within the GM Resilience Hub, and consequently clinicians have access to a range of expertise and CPD opportunities.

For a conversation about our current, part-time, vacancy please do get in touch via the contact details below.

Please be aware that being based in a Police station means it is a requirement of the post to undergo Police vetting.

Main duties of the job

Trusted Relationships clinicians are based in Police stations, offering a face to face service to Complex Safeguarding staff.

There are three key areas of service delivery:
  • case-based consultation, offering psychological formulations to help staff understand any number of different factors influencing the children and families they are supporting and how this might impact their relationships and approach to safeguarding.
  • bespoke training and workshops to teams and sometimes to staff across the wider complex safeguarding workforce
  • staff support, this can be one-to-one or in a group format but is developed in collaboration with the staff to meet their needs.

There are times when Trusted Relationship's clinicians my need to offer support to teams who have experienced a critical incident, however, this is done in collaboration with Clinical Lead and with the back up of the GM Resilience Hub.

Please see the Job Description for more details.

About us

The Trusted Relationships service requires highly specialist clinicians to work with a significant degree of autonomy and independence and have good levels of personal organisation. However, given the complex-nature of the work and the potential for regular exposure to traumatic material there are a lot of opportunities for support and CPD. The team has regular face-to-face and online team meetings, individual supervisions and line management, a buddy-system and also monthly compassion-focused staff support and CAT-informed supervision.

Job description Job responsibilities

All Trusted Relationships' clinicians work part-time in to Complex Safeguarding teams and spend two days a week based at the Police station with the team. This work has relationships at it's centre and being in the Police station is key to the successful delivery of the work. For this reason all clinicians need to complete the Police vetting process so they can gain access to the Police station.

The offer of consultation, staff support and training is developed in collaboration with the Team managers and staff. The majority of Trusted Relationships input tends to be consultation about children and families, with some occasional attendance at other relevant meetings. Regular staff support may also be offered as a group or one-to-one offer. Bespoke training may also be requested from time to time. There may sometimes be a request for wider training across the ten Complex Safeguarding teams.

The role requires consultations to be written up for the staff and all activity is inputted into a spreadsheet for the clinical lead to use for report writing and service evaluation.

This work can, understandably, be very challenging at times and there is protected time every Thursday afternoon for the Trusted Relationships team to meet on line or face-to-face for a variety of team meetings and external supervision and staff support. There are multiple other forms of ad-hoc support that are available throughout the week.

The Trusted Relationships team is well established, well respected team with passionate, supportive clinicians. The work is always evolving as there is so much everyone continues to learn, both clinically and relationally and also in the process of service delivery.

Please see the Job Description for more details.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology and registration with the Health Care Professions Council OR Registered social worker or mental health nurse or HCPC registered professional with additional post graduate qualification in an evidence-based psychological therapy plus experience to Masters Level OR Psychological therapy qualification and accreditation recognised by the Professional Standards Authority (e.g UKCP, BACP, BPC etc) to Masters Level OR To have completed a recognised post graduate training program in CBT and to be accredited with the BABCP to Masters Level
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan, including caseload management
  • Highly specialised knowledge of mental health issues, including trauma across the lifespan

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