2x Band 8a Senior Clinical Psychologist, Secure Stairs Project
Location: Rochester, Kent ME1 3LU
Sector: Clinical, Counselling, Forensic, Arts Therapies, Psychotherapy
Job type: Permanent, full or part-time
Would you like to use your therapeutic skills to help some of the most vulnerable, traumatised and risky adolescents in the UK, who are currently in secure custody?
We are looking for bright, enthusiastic, resilient therapeutic professionals from diverse backgrounds and trainings (including clinical psychology, forensic psychology, systemic therapy, arts therapies and psychotherapy). These are exciting and dynamic roles, offering the scope to make a real difference to young people at what is often a crucial turning point in their lives.
Two posts are offered at Band 8a, offering leadership and supervision opportunities within the project and across the expanding team. These posts are supported by a rich package of supervision, training and development, and the potential for a range of research opportunities.
Here at HMYOI Cookham Wood we are working with 188 boys on remand and serving custodial sentences, and the staff who look after them, to create a new therapeutic culture supporting real thinking and transformation, within the Secure Stairs programme. These boys often present with trauma, difficulties coping with imprisonment, neurodevelopmental problems and many unmet psychosocial needs.
We are recruiting a team of specialist therapists, who will each be attached to a ‘landing’ of the prison. Their focus will be on providing and facilitating therapeutic spaces for boys and staff; and helping create sustainable change, drawing on the boys’ families and community links. In practice, this will mean offering 1:1, group and family therapy; providing clinical supervision to officers, facilitating reflective practice groups; and working in partnership with prison and NHS colleagues to develop therapeutic cultures, activities and processes on each landing or unit.
Secure Stairs is a framework for the integrated care of young people in custody across all the secure settings in the UK (Secure Childrens’ Homes, Secure Training Centres and Young Offenders’ Institutions), which aims to create a developmentally-informed, trauma-responsive and psychologically safe therapeutic service for all under-18s in custody and for the staff around them. It is a jointly funded project between NHS England, the Ministry of Justice, and the Department for Education, and is being evaluated by the Anna Freud Centre.
HMYOI Cookham Wood is one of only four young offenders’ institutions in the UK, looking after 188 boys between the ages of 15 and 18, who are on remand or sentenced for serious offences. It is located 25 minutes from central London by train, in Rochester, on the Kent coast. Our embedded forensic CAMHS team is staffed with friendly, highly skilled and experienced professionals from a range of professions, and is a part of the wider specialist Offender Care department in CNWL.
We can offer full-time and part-time roles, and flexible working; and within the posts there is an expectation of some evening and weekend work. We are able to consider applications from people in their final year of relevant courses on a preceptorship basis where they will be able to take up substantive clinical posts, once qualified and registered.
For further information and to arrange an informal discussion, please contact Dr Celia Sadie, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for Secure Stairs, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01634 202572, or Sally Morris, Service Manager, on email@example.com or 01634 202582
Closing date: 03/10/2019.