Clinical Lead

Job Title: Clinical Lead
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: Thetford
Salary: AfC Band 8a
Job Published: June 14, 2018 16:21

Job Description

HMP Wayland, Griston, Thetford, Norfolk IP25 6RL

Fixed Term Contract to end of October 2019


The Psychologically Informed Planned Environment (PIPE) at HMP Wayland is looking for a suitably experienced, applied psychologist to fulfill the role of clinical lead, following the temporary secondment of the current incumbent within NSFT's Secure Services. The post is fixed term until the end of October 2019.

Background/ information 

The post holder will be responsible, under the supervision of a consultant grade service lead, for the day to day running of the progression PIPE. Responsibilities include: providing leadership on key areas of clinical governance such as ensuring that uniformed and NSFT staff receive regular clinical supervision; assessing and prioritising referrals; maintaining a programme of relevant activities and events; liaising with national PIPE leads; maintaining a regular training programme; attendance at training and information events; management decision making with peers and senior staff. The PIPE has achieved Enabling Environment Status with the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ and the successful candidate will be expected to maintain this quality award as a priority.

Job description

NSFT currently has three contracts that form part of the National PD Pathway: the PIPE and an assessment and treatment service, both based at HMP Wayland, as well as a community consultation contract with the National Probation Service. The PIPE is delivered as a formal partnership between the NHS and HMPPS. The successful candidate will be employed by NSFT and the service welcomes applications for secondment from people currently working within NSFT and HMPPS.

Both Wayland services have achieved the Enabling Environment award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists' and were described as "excellent" in a recent inspection report. The PIPE has been able to develop strong relationships with both prison staff and offenders and establish a positive and stable wing environment. Therefore, a commitment to delivering high quality services to a challenging client group within a secure setting is essential. The PIPE model is delivered by a clinical lead, working with an assistant psychologist and a team of prison officers who fulfill operational and keyworking roles. Regular liaison with HMPS and the prison's general and mental healthcare provider is required. Therefore, experience of inter-organizational partnership working would be beneficial. The current team at Wayland consists of forensic, clinical and counselling psychologists as well as assistants and allied health professionals. The post holder may be asked to provide limited assessment support to the assessment and treatment service and therefore, experience of a range of structured forensic and/or clinical assessment tools is essential. The clinical lead will be professionally accountable to a consultant grade psychologist and service lead. Regular external clinical supervision is provided nationally in addition to training and local line management support. Some travel will be required, primarily to London and the Midlands. HMP Wayland is based in a rural location and therefore, the ability to travel independently is essential. All candidates will be required to complete extensive security vetting by both HMPS and NSFT prior to taking up the post.

Informal contact details 

Karl Williams, Service Lead.; tel: 01953 804 153 or 07584 263 833

Contact information and application method

Application welcome via