Applied Psychologist - Clinical/Counselling/Forensic
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Applied Psychologist at HMP Hewell
HMP Hewell is a Category B closed prison which houses sentenced adult males and also those on remand. This allows for work to be varied ie, quick timely responsiveness for those on remand and a more planned intervention of care and support for those of the sentenced adult population. HMP Hewell serves the courts across the West Midlands, Worcester and Warwickshire and has a capacity of approximately 1,100. It is a working prison where learning opportunities are widely available to help the men on release.
You will be working as part of established mental health teams, working in collaboration with our primary provider, Practice Plus Group who are supportive, forward thinking and committed to Recovery based approaches.
Your role will involve making a positive difference to the lives of people in prison. You will provide consultation and formulation to colleagues, as well as providing limited direct clinical work appropriate to the banding of the role.
You will work with operational managers and clinical leads 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 lead on development of evidence-based psychological interventions within your establishment.
Additional tasks may include providing reflective practice spaces for teams and offering supervision to more junior psychology colleagues.
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.
You may have experience of criminal justice and mental health services, but we are also keen to receive applications from people with different backgrounds, as this supports diversity within our psychology team. You will have experience of delivering psychological assessments and evidence-based interventions, as well as experience of working indirectly through MDT colleagues.
You will enjoy working independently and have the skills to develop excellent working relationships with service users, colleagues and commissioners. You will have an interest in the clinical aspects of the role, and in developing your strategic and leadership skills.
The supportive Inclusion psychology team is led by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. The team meet regularly for professional development, reflective space and collaborative projects. 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. The team is also keen to develop audit, research and service improvement activity so there will be opportunities to conceptualise and lead on relevant projects within your prison.
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.
We support 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!
Please refer to the Job Description and Person Spec for full details. A summary is below:
- To provide a clinical psychology service to patients, with moderate to severe mental health problems, seen within the prison mental health pathway within the areas of agreed responsibility
- To work with clients alone as necessary, or to work jointly with others depending on the relevant risk assessment
- To provide expert psychological assessment, formulation and therapy to an exceptionally high standard to patients with a range of mental health problems
- To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses
- To liaise with relevant professionals within prison, inpatient and community settings, co-ordinating the delivery of psychology services for young people and adults within the prison localities where services are provided
Essential and Desirable
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).