Counselling Psychologist – 39630
£42,626 - £51,154
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The Women’s Estate Psychology Service is expanding the counselling psychology service for women in prison. We are seeking to recruit one experienced registered counselling / applied psychologist to design and develop such a service at one of the women’s prisons. The preference for the location of the post would be HMP Styal, as this would fit well with the other service provision at the prison, but it would be possible to be flexible about the location if the successful candidate lives closer to another women’s prison, and there would be scope to develop the service there instead. The work will involve providing trauma-informed and responsive individual and group based therapeutic support to women in custody, to help them to develop their skills and strengths and strategies for (amongst other things) managing their emotions and reducing their self-harming behaviour. Working closely with mental health in-reach teams, as well as with forensic psychology colleagues, the post holder will design and implement an appropriate suite of services to meet the needs of the population, which dovetail with, and complement, those provided by other agencies. Over the medium-term the post holder will also make links with local universities providing approved counselling psychology training routes, with a view to offering placement opportunities to trainee counselling psychologists. The successful applicant will supervise the trainees
Overview of the job
This is non-operational prisoner facing job
The job holders covered by this job description are usually categorised as specialists in their field or those whose role requires significant additional experience, training and personal development.
The job holder will largely excel in the area of individual prisoner risk assessment or be a specialist in a specific area such as working with sex offenders. At this level the jobholder may have responsibility for the key specialist tasks involved in the delivery of a programme or related individual case management which would also entail overseeing the quality of delivery and supervision. They will also provide direction and support for other supervisors. This is a non-operational and non-rotational job.
The job holder will be working with complex prisoners and prison staff and applying their experience and competence in the area of psychology to reduce the risk of harm and re-offending by undertaking complex risk assessment of prisoners, conducting research, providing consultancy and delivering training for staff and interventions (individual and group) for prisoners.
Responsibilities, Activities and Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
- Reviews cases and reconsiders the professional advice given by other psychologists on the potential release of serious prisoners
- Conducts full case reviews on difficult cases and offers authoritative advice on next steps relating to sentence plan
- Specialises in delivery of psychology services in settings such as therapeutic community wings
- Lead and supervise and facilitate group sessions
- Offers professional opinion to multi functional teams conducting offender reports e.g. risk reports, parole reports on high risk or vulnerable prisoners
- Develops and/or strategies such as sex offender or indeterminate sentence prisoner assessment and intervention strategy
- Delivers and supervises (treatment management) the delivery of more complex programmes e.g. healthy sexual functioning
- Provides consultancy support to colleagues such as an establishment Senior Management Team (SMT) in relation to psychology services and outcomes
- Conducts relevant research including data gathering and analysis
- Act as a “professional witness” in parole board hearings, multi-agency meetings, and other formal settings where psychology input is required. May also act as expert witness in respect of court proceedings for Ministry of Justice
- Responsible for managing and providing professional supervision to trainee forensic psychology staff
- Provides supervision, training, mentoring and support to trainee psychologists and where relevant other staff such as interventions staff
- Assist in national specialist tasks such as training on courses related to their specialist discipline
- Provides professional supervision to support a trainee in developing through the key steps towards chartered and registered status. This may be as a coordinating or designated supervisor
- Ensures staff are developed in accordance with key competencies and gateways and ensuring consistency across the team in the application of policies and procedures affecting staff and offenders
- Leads on risk assessment and resulting risk management of complex, vulnerable or high risk prisoners. Will be competent to undertake the full range of risk assessments including the more complex risk assessments. Gives feedback of the assessment to the prisoner and other stakeholders
- Contributes to other offender management processes (usually with more complex cases in work such as Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) assessments and self harm or personality disorder assessments)
- Provides consultancy role to wider team on their specialist activity. Visit a range of sites to advise on complex cases
- Act as a negotiation adviser where suitable and competence has been demonstrated
- Manage own Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements and maintains professional standards
- Ensure they maintain their professional Health Professions Council (HPC) registration
- Provide a psychological contribution to the work of areas of the regime such as a therapeutic community
- Provide psychological reports when requested for life sentence prisoners and to submit within the appropriate time framework
- Responsible for relevant accreditation audit baselines as detailed in the audit document
- Line management of trainee psychologists
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or Welsh
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Developing Self and Others
- Managing a Quality Service
- Delivering at Pace
- Possess a professional background in one of the following disciplines: Psychotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Nursing
- Experience in providing clinical supervision
- Completed relevant training in effective models of treatment and best practise
- They are likely to also be a Chartered Psychologist and Full member of the appropriate division of the BPS if the post requires it.
- The job holder will be a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council and eligible to use a protected title.
Working Arrangements & Further Information
Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.
Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.
If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.
The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.
-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.
Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays
You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment
-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
Work Life Balance
-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ
Season Ticket Advance
-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work
For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes
-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts
-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles
-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post
-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS
-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist
Working for the Civil Service
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The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.
There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.