Do you want to lead and improve mental health services for a vulnerable population?
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.
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.
HMP/YOI Portland the population of 505 males reflects a younger population whose index offences are extremely varied and often complex and acute.
Are you collaborative, caring, and compassionate?
Break into prison healthcare!
Are you looking for the next step or a new challenge? If so, then this role may be for you.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Senior Clinical or Forensic Psychologist with experience in Adult Mental Health Services to join our Integrated Mental Health team at HMP The Verne and HMP Portland. You will be part of a wider team of Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Substance Misuse Nurses, and Consultant Psychiatrists. We operate as an integrated team and aim to work in partnership with discipline staff and colleagues within the prison offering Trauma-Informed therapeutic interventions to best support our male residents and help minimise risk and re-traumatization levels.
This post has been created to support the development and delivery of trauma-informed mental health services and expand this approach within the prison service.
A bit about the job... What will you be doing?
The role of the Senior Psychologist will be to support the IMHT with assessment and interventions for complex patients, offer consultation/reflective practice to the team, and clinical supervision to the assistant psychologists. The direct clinical work includes undertaking psychological assessments, supporting complex multi-disciplinary formulations, and delivering psychological interventions for cases of great complexity.
You will also be required to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development, and research within the area served by the team/service.
The Job requirements
The successful candidate will be expected to have a broad understanding of trauma and its impact not only on service users but also on staff and the organization as a whole.
As the proposed model is psychologically and trauma-informed, the post holder must have the necessary clinical skills and experience to support senior staff and 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 the 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 your professional and clinical actions.
The successful candidate must be registered with the HCPC and hold a DPsych in Clinical Psychology or equivalent in Forensic Psychology. As the successful candidate, 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.
If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted by the Internal Recruiter for this role.
The recruiter will submit your CV to the National Lead Psychologist for review and then will arrange an interview for you to attend if it’s deemed your experience is suitable for the job.
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 - depending on experience.
Please note that offers of employment are subject to Practice Plus Group Terms & Conditions and receipt of satisfactory references, enhanced DBS check, and prison vetting.