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Overview of the job
This is non-operational prisoner facing job
The job holder will be working with prisoners and staff and applying their competence in the area of psychology to reduce the risk of harm and of re-offending by undertaking a range of work including risk assessment of prisoners, conducting research, providing consultancy and delivering training for staff and assessment and interventions for prisoners. This is non-operational and non-rotational prisoner facing job
This job holder will be able to provide designated support and supervision to trainee psychologists
Responsibilities, Activities and Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:Offer authoritative professional advice on targets and objectives for relevant offenders and advise on the best location for those offenders (both within the establishment or relocation to another category establishment)Offer professional opinion to teams conducting prisoner reports e.g. lifer reports, parole reportsDevelop strategy and plans of activity for some areas of operation e.g. manages the organisation of Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP) assessments or manages assessment and interviews indeterminate sentence prisonersProvide consultancy support to colleagues such as the establishments SMT or other teams in relation to psychology services and outcomes.Conduct relevant research including data gathering and analysisResponsible for managing and providing supervision to trainee forensic psychology staffProvide training, mentoring and support to trainee psychologists and other staff (e.g. interventions staff).Can be required to provide professional (designated) supervision of trainees e.g. professional Supervision to ensure that a trainee is able to develop through the key steps towards chartered and registered status.Ensure 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 prisonersLead on risk assessment and resulting risk management of prisonersParticipate in risk assessment of prisoners to determine their risk of harm to self, others and the risk of reoffending. May undertake Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) and self-harm assessments. Can be required to deliver and/or oversee the quality of programmes (treatment management). These will be of the more complex type requiring such qualified inputProvide consultancy role on specialist area e.g. Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP) strategy or Indeterminate Sentenced Prisoners (ISP) StrategyAct as a negotiation adviser where suitable and competence has been demonstratedAct 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.Maintain own Continued Professional Development (CPD) an registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
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
BehavioursMaking Effective DecisionsLeadershipCommunicating and InfluencingWorking TogetherDeveloping Self and Others
Essential ExperiencePossess a professional background in one of the following disciplines: Psychotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, NursingExperience in providing clinical supervisionCompleted relevant training in effective models of treatment and best practise
Technical RequirementsQualified and registered clinician with an associated and relevant professional body, e.g. BACP, BPS, BABCP, UKCPQualification in Clinical Supervision