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Are you collaborative, caring and compassionate?
Prisons are one of the most challenging, yet rewarding places for healthcare professionals to work - if you’re looking for a role where you can develop your existing skills and learn something new every day, then this is the place to be.
Practice Plus Group are Health in Justice Market leader, providing healthcare services to offenders across the country. Our model of care is our Wellbeing Approach – an integrated, comprehensive approach in recognition of the fact prisoners are a socially-excluded group with healthcare needs which are complex and often associated with poor outcomes. It adopts the premise no single health/wellbeing factor can be taken in isolation of other motivational issues which might impact a person’s care.
A bit about the role..
As an experienced qualified psychologist with managerial experience, you'll support the integrated mental health team by providing and enhancing the specialist psychological assessments of patients referred to the team, when appropriate, based upon the use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuro-psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the patient’s care within HMP/YOI Portland and HMP The Verne.
Core duties within the mental health team will include but not limited to assessments, supporting complex multi-disciplinary formulations and delivering psychological interventions for cases of great complexity.
To support the current psychological therapies, plan and assist the integrated mental health team in the overall development of the availability of evidence based therapies both on a 1:1 and group-work basis across the site.
A bit about you..
The successful candidate will be expected to have a broad understanding of trauma and its impact not only on patients but also staff and the organisation as a whole.
As the proposed model is psychologically informed, it is essential that you have the necessary leadership, clinical skills and experience to provide oversight and leadership at a senior level, and also have the organisational skills to engage and work with other stakeholders within the complex environment of a prison.
All clinical work will be undertaken in line with psychological therapies model. In doing so, you will be responsible for adhering to the relevant Practice Plus Group policies and professional ethics and standards and will be accountable for professional and clinical actions.
Registered with the HCPC and holding post-graduate/doctoral level qualification in Clinical, or Forensic Psychology, you'll have 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 such as outpatient, criminal justice, in-patient forensic mental health and residential care settings. You'll also be able to evidence an active interest in prison/forensic mental health.
This is a full time position, at 37.5 hours per week. You will be required to work 30 hours at HMP Portland and 7.5 hours at HMP the Verne.
The salary for this role is up to £60,000 per annum, dependent on experience.
The two prisons offer very different experiences. HMP The Verne is a 580 place prison for people on longer sentences who have been convicted of sexual offences. The population reflects the offender group with an older age of patient compared with other prisons. At HMP/YOI Portland the population of 505 males reflects a younger population whose index offences are extremely varied and often complex and acute.
Please note that this role is subject to Practice Plus Group Terms & Conditions and offers of employment are subject to satisfactory receipt of references, enhanced DBS check and prison vetting.
At Practice Plus Group we actively promote diversity and equal opportunities and we are committed to this in both the running of our prison healthcare service and how we recruit our staff. We actively encourage applications from everyone with the essential requirements of the job, regardless of any protected characteristics.