Clinical Lead Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical Lead Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Thetford
Salary: Band 8a £42,414 - £49,969 gross per annum
Job Published: January 04, 2019 11:29

Job Description

Clinical Lead, Enhanced Support Service

HMP Wayland, Griston, Thetford, Norfolk IP25 6RL

AfC Band 8a


Following additional funding from service commissioners the national Personality Disorder Pathway services at HMP Wayland are experiencing significant expansion. As part of this exciting period of innovation and development, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is currently looking to recruit a suitably qualified, 8a applied psychologist, to fulfil the position of Clinical Lead for its new Enhanced Support Service. The service will consist of a small clinical team of psychology and specialist nursing staff, as well as a prison officer, and is intended to increase the direct support available to offenders across the prison with personality-based difficulties and HMPS staff responsible for their management. The position is open to applied psychologists from any division with relevant skills and experience.


NSFT currently holds three contracts to deliver PD Pathway services in partnership with HMPPS; an Assessment and Treatment service and a progression PIPE, both based at HMP Wayland (a Cat C male prison) and a community consultation contract with NPS. Both the A&T service and the PIPE have achieved Enabling Environment status with the Royal College of Psychiatrists’. The Pathway services at Wayland were described as "excellent" in a 2017 inspection report by HMIP, and NSFT's Secure Services recently retained an overall rating of "good", following CQC inspection.

Job description

The post holder will be responsible, with the supervision of a consultant- grade service lead, for the day to day running of the service and leading a small clinical team. Responsibilities include: ensuring the provision of clinical and forensic assessment work; case formulation; brief intervention; delivery of tailored individual care plans; support and training to HMPPS colleagues; liaison with other agencies and services; supervision and/or line management of staff within the service; assisting the service lead with contract delivery.

The current team at Wayland consists of forensic, clinical and counselling psychologists as well as both trainee and assistant psychologists, allied health professionals and prison officers. Regular support is provided through relevant training, line management and group and individual supervision. Opportunities for CPD are good. The job requires working with a particularly challenging client group (personality disordered offenders) in a prison environment. Therefore, cognitive flexibility, ability to adapt to a fluid operational environment and an ability to use supervision effectively to manage emotional responses is essential, as is a commitment to healthy ways of working.

Some travel will be required, primarily locally and occasionally to London and the Midlands. HMP Wayland is based in a rural location and therefore, the ability to drive and use of a car 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

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