Applied Psychologist (Clinical, Forensic or Counselling)
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Your role will involve making a positive difference to the lives of people in prison in the HMP and YOI Stoke Heath. You will provide some consultation and formulation to colleagues appropriate to the banding of the role, as well as providing direct clinical work focussing on trauma related difficulties.
You will work with the Team Manager and Principal Practitioner Psychologist to ensure that all members of multidisciplinary teams have access to psychologically informed ways of thinking about service users. There will be opportunities to develop and deliver training, as well as to gain experience in delivering psychological therapy within a prison environment.
Additional tasks may include providing reflective practice spaces for teams, delivery and supervision of group work and involvement in research, evaluation and audit activity.
Main duties of the job
We are looking for HCPC registered applied psychologists (we believe forensic, counselling or clinical psychologists may have the required competencies) who are passionate about social justice and reducing health inequalities. Given the challenges of working in a prison environment, in considering the banding of the role, we are looking for people who have experience of working in a prison or other forensic setting, although this does not need to be as a qualified psychologist. You will have experience of delivering psychological assessments and evidence-based interventions.
Youwill enjoy working independently and have the skills to develop excellent working relationships with service users, colleagues and commissioners. You will support the shared aims of Inclusion and HMPPS to work towards creating more trauma informed environments and services within prisons.
Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust Inclusion service offers mental health and drug & alcohol services, in the community, and in prisons, and has contracts across the country.
As an organisation we serve a population of 1.5 million and currently employ around 9000 members of staff.
The supportive Inclusion psychology team is led by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. The team meet regularly for professional development, and reflective space. Working in prisons can be both challenging and rewarding, and you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from experienced prison psychologists. We will support you to access regular clinical supervision and appropriate professional development, including further training in psychological therapies. The team is also keen to develop audit, research and service improvement activity so there will be opportunities to conceptualise and contribute to relevant projects within your prison.
By joining MPUFT you will become part of a team who are empowered and supported to deliver care in a way which is consistent with our values:
- Putting people at the heart of what we do
- Empowering people to improve care and wellbeing
- Delivering better health, better care in partnership
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
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.
- Lease car scheme.
- Generous NHS pension scheme.
Qualifications and Experience
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 (opens in a new window).