Consultant Applied Psychologist - Health in Justice
The closing date is 30 June 2023
We are looking for a 0.89 WTE Consultant Applied Psychologist to provide clinical leadership for the implementation and delivery of the Framework for Integrated Care (Secure Stairs) at HMYOI Werrington. HMYOI Werrington is part of the Young Person's Secure Estate for England and is located near Stoke-on-Trent. A recently published review by the HM Inspectorate of Probation found that "the most consistently cited factor in improving the life chances of a child who is at risk of, or involved in, offending behaviour is the development of positive relationships." We are currently in the early stages of the "Secure Stairs" initiative which aims to ensure that all staff at HMYOI Werrington have the right training, supervision and support to understand and then facilitate positive change for individuals.
This framework is psychologically lead, and attachment informed, with many needs and risks understood as arising from traumatic life events and disrupted relationships, often beginning early in childhood. The ethos of the framework is that 'every interaction matters', the aim being to enable those in our care to have better mental and physical health; better education, employment and housing opportunities; and better chances of leading a pro-social and positive life.
If you are already a Consultant Applied Psychologist, or looking to take the next step in your career, then we would love to hear from you.
Main duties of the job
In this role you will lead on the implementation and delivery of the clinical aspects of Secure Stairs, working closely with operational colleagues to address any barriers within the establishment. There is an opportunity to be part of the national network of youth justice settings running Secure Stairs and to benefit from learning and peer support.
Other key duties:
- Deliver and supervise high quality evidence based psychological intervention
- Leadership and development of the Inclusion psychology team within HMYOI Werrington (currently 0.8WTE 8b and 1.0WTE practitioner psychologists and 1.0WTE assistant psychologist)
- Continue to lead the development and implementation of Secure Stairs
- Supervise and deliver reflective practice
- Work as a senior member of the Inclusion psychology team, deputising for the Inclusion Professional Lead for Psychology as needed
Inclusion, created in 2002 is part of the Specialist Services Care Group of Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT). We provide caring and effective services across England, including, West Yorkshire, West Midlands, East Midlands, West Mercia, Thames Valley, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Thurrock, Essex.
At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can offer you:
- Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health
- 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
- Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
- Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
- Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
For this post we will offer
- MPFT will offer an additional 20% 'welcome to MPFT bonus', 10% on joining us and 10% after a period of 12 months service
- An equivalent allowance can be offered which will enable the individual to pay for yearly professional registration fees up to £120.00 per year
- A contribution for relocation fees is also available upon application
- Salary on appointment
- Individual learning fund
24 May 2023
Agenda for change
£70,417 to £81,138 a year per annum pro rata
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Inclusion supports individuals, families and communities who are affected by addiction, crime, mental health or need treatment for their sexual health. We believe that the individuals and families who use our services should receive high quality, committed and inclusive care, realising all the benefits a modern NHS organisation can provide.
We work with patients and our staff teams to achieve the best outcomes we can. We invest heavily in training and development, and the wellbeing of our people, both staff and service users is central to who we are. Here at MPFT, we are proud of the comprehensive wellbeing and lifestyle support offer available, in addition to in-house training and coaching support.
Our services are robustly governed, evidence-based, inclusive, and designed and provided in conjunction with service users. We are committed to providing the best service we can, and if you share our values, we want you on our team!
The successful applicant will work as part of a full multi-disciplinary and fully integrated Mental Health and Substance Use Service. Interventions are offered in line with a stepped care model with a single point of access for prisoners experiencing mental health or substance misuse difficulties
You will also be joining the supportive Inclusion psychology team who meet quarterly for training, CPD and professional support. We will support your access to regular clinical supervision and appropriate professional development within your role.
Experience of working with young people in a secure forensic or criminal justice setting would be advantageous but not essential.
Post-graduate / Doctoral level qualification in Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychology as recognized by the Health Professions Council (HCPC).
Eligible for Chartership status with the British Psychological Society
Several years of post-qualification experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the life span and presenting with the full range of clinical severity in a variety of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, criminal justice, in-patient and residential care settings.
Experience of the application of therapy in different cultural contexts.
Disclosure and Barring Service Check
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website .
- HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
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