Registered Family Therapists – YCS Psychology – 38019
£38,148 - £46,596
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HMPPS Youth Custody Service (YCS) is committed to meeting the needs of all children in custody to safeguard and enable healthy develop into adulthood including the ability to lead law-abiding lives. This includes the provision of evidence based initiatives such as Family Therapy. YCS is currently recruiting AFT registered Family Therapists to develop and provide a service for the children and families of children in custody as well as providing systemic consultation to the teams working within the custodial settings. YCS is geographically dispersed and Family Therapists will be based in HMYOI’s Feltham (Heathrow), Cookham Wood (Kent), Werrington (Stoke-on-Trent) & Wetherby (Yorkshire) – there may be opportunities to provide services in other sites across YCS as the service develops. Applicants should consider this additional information for details of the post rather than the job description which provides the banding profile. YCS Positions are available at all sites across YCS. Working with children and families with complex needs is essential – within a custodial setting is desirable
Overview of the job
This is a non-operational, prisoner facing job with clinical responsibilities.
The job holder will provide clinical specialist assessment and treatment interventions for a complex needs prison population such as those with Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorders, supporting operational staff and other clinicians in their approach to psychotherapy.
The job holder will be working with complex / high risk prisoners, applying their experience and competence in a range of therapies in CBT, DBT, EMDR. Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) to reduce the risk of harm and re-offending by undertaking complex treatment interventions. They will undertake senior treatment manager responsibilities acting as lead for the Imminent Needs Team, conducting or contributing to research and delivering training for staff and group interventions for prisoners in relation to national initiatives.
This is a prisoner facing role with no line management responsibilities
Responsibilities, Activities and Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
- Specialise in the clinical delivery of accredited interventions, ensuring that clinical and audit requirements are adhered to and complement operational practice
- Facilitate individual work sessions and small groups, supporting co-facilitators and other staff engaged in these processes
- Prepare, write and supervise specialist reports when requested for prisoners and to submit within the appropriate time framework
- Ensure the integrity and effectiveness of therapy, ensuring a range of professional standards are met in relation to the delivery of each session through oversight and supervision of other staff
- Ensure the delivery of treatment complies with the requirements of the programme and remains consistent with the underlying theoretical models and prescribed delivery style
- Attend local and national clinical intervention meetings to promote good evidenced based practice.
- Contribute to the development and delivery of training for multi-disciplinary staff recruited. Within this provide assessments and take an active role in individual staff development.
- Deliver individual and group clinical supervision to members of the staff team and develop the clinical abilities of staff. Contribute to the overall appraisal of staff with regard to competence and quality of intervention delivery
- Support and supervise others in the team delivering supervisory processes
- Promote clinical principles, supporting staff to these into practice in the way they communicate with and work with one another
- Manage relationships with internal and outside agencies ensuring plans are developed for continuity of the offenders treatment upon transfer or release in liaison with other staff
- Act as a “professional witness” in parole board hearings, multi-agency meetings, and other formal settings where specialist input is required, such as recategorisation boards. May also act as expert witness in respect of court proceedings for Ministry of Justice
- Contribute to effective risk assessment and resulting risk management of complex, vulnerable or high risk prisoners, reporting on treatment and progress in relation to criminogenic factors
- Develop and maintain expertise in the assessment and treatment of offenders and risk areas targeted by the programme
- Contribute to other offender management processes (usually with more complex cases in work such as Assessment, Care in Custody & Teamwork (ACCT) assessments and self-harm or personality disorder assessments)
- Ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by participating in audit and development activities relevant to the service area
- Remain informed of and critically evaluate current research to support evidence-based practice in own professional work and to contribute this perspective in the multi-disciplinary team
- Participate in the evaluation of the Service by working with colleagues in the design and development of service-related research and evaluation projects, as agreed with the Head of Department.
- Maintain professional networks with other clinicians sharing best practice
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
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Developing Self and Others
- Experience in providing clinical supervision
- Completed relevant training in effective models of treatment and best practise
- Possess a professional background in one of the following disciplines: Psychotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Nursing, Probation/Social Work
- Qualified and registered clinician with an associated and relevant professional body, e.g. BACP, BPS, BABCP, UKCP
- Qualification in Clinical Supervision
- Trained to an advanced level in one or more of the following interventions: Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitzation Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Behaviour Modification.
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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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
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.