Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
Grade - Expert / SM1 (NHS Band 8a equivalent)
Salary: c. £41,000 - £48,000 (depending on experience)
Plus London Weighting Allowance £3,500 and Travel Allowance £3,336
Full time position.
Unique opportunity to work for St Andrew’s across two of our London based services: our Transforming Rehabilitation Service with London Community Rehabilitation Company where you will working with offenders to help them lead responsible and law abiding lives and also in our psychological clinic at the Royal Vetinary College (RVC) where you will help students cope with the rigours of their training by providing front-line psychological first-aid services.
We are looking for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist who would value the opportunity to work across a clinically diverse population by working for three days per week in our Transforming Rehabilitation Service and two days per week in our Psychological Clinic at the Royal Vetinary College.
Our Transforming Rehabilitation Service delivers therapeutic interventions into the probation service where we receive approximately 1000 referrals per year. The service is run by St Andrew’s Healthcare, one of the UK’s leading Mental Health Charities, as one of a number of subcontractors delivering rehabilitation for offenders who are being managed on probation by the London Community Rehabilitation Company (London CRC) across London.
The St Andrew’s London Transforming Rehabilitation programme is a new initiative aimed at providing continuity of care, including mental health treatment to service users within the criminal justice system. The aim of the programme is to reduce reoffending rates by enhancing the overall recovery chances of individual service users. The programme provides psychological therapies on a one to one basis in probation offices throughout London.
The psychological clinic at the Royal Vetinary College is typically run on Thursdays and Fridays across their campuses in Camden and Hawkshead which is near Hatfield. Students are invited to drop into this clinic to access psychological first-aid. The presentations can be diverse ranging from support to manage exam stress through to more complex mental health presentations. Your role will be to meet with students, assess their needs providing necessary advice including triaging them to relevant services if further therapeutic support is needed. You will also work closely with the University’s advice centre advising them about best practise about how to support students who may present in crisis or with high risk behaviours. You may also be required to carry out specialist assessments which may be relevant to the student’s training needs such as the assessment of ADHD or Autism.
The successful applicant will be part of a well-established London wide team dedicated to the delivery of high-quality mental health services to support offenders who have been referred for mental health treatment by their probation officers. You will be supported by the clinical Lead of the service, Dr James Fowler, in your role at the RVC. Duties are varied, but will include line management and clinical supervision of Assistant Psychologists, psychological assessment of clients, delivering specific psychological treatments, maintaining patient records and outcome measures, as well as on-going service development.
Within the role, you will be encouraged to develop your strengths and skills through a robust structure of clinical supervision and opportunities for professional development. You will also be supported to develop your role within our service according to your specific strengths and areas of professional interest. St Andrews has an excellent record of providing opportunities for research, training and continuing professional development so you will also have access to peer support from the wider Charity, as well as regular CPD events.
Due to the pioneering nature of this service, there will be opportunities for service development including co-production with service users and an interest and enthusiasm in these areas is desired along with a demonstrated track record in finding novel ways of of engaging service users in psychological treatment who have typically struggled to benefit from or be accepted into available statutory and third sector services.
We are looking for a proactive, innovative and hands-on, Clinical/Counselling Psychologist with a strong client-focus, excellent communication skills and a “can-do” attitude, able to work independently as well as closely and collaboratively with a team co-located within an external organisation. You will be eager to take ownership and responsibility for delivering your work and will be self-driven, results-oriented and be able to demonstrate excellent time management and organisational skills, combined with the ability to prioritise a substantial workload in a balanced and flexible way. Given the population, prior experience of working within the criminal justice system is an advantage but it is essential for both roles to have considerable skills in working with complex mental health presentations such as psychosis, complex trauma and addictions.
The Transforming Rehabilitation role is primarily based in a fixed location at one of the London CRC probation offices, though requires shared responsibility for Assistant Psychologists across all London boroughs so travel across London is an expectation for this role. The role will involve some travel to St Andrew’s at its Northampton site for the purposes of induction, training and development. For your RVC role, you will be required to travel to the Camden and Hatfield campuses on a weekly basis.
Our service is part of St Andrew’s Consultancy Service which operates primarily from Northampton delivering a range of community based services across London, Northampton, East of England and East Midlands. For example, we offer psychological consultancy services into residential children’s homes and into Tertiary Education establishments. We also have an Expert Witness Service and an established private therapy clinic. The successful applicant will therefore be part of a wider team of twelve enthusiastic psychologists who work flexibly with one another to support our overall service objectives. Therefore, we would enthusiastically welcome applications from someone who is eager to join this supportive team and work with us to grow and develop the Consultancy Service as a whole, especially with regard to developing new services in London.
We offer an excellent benefits package including pension, 38 days holiday, sickness policy on par with NHS, life cover, car lease scheme, cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers and opportunities for research, teaching and continuing professional development.
To find out more about the role please contact Dr James Fowler Clinical Lead for the London Transforming Rehabilitation Service via email : JCFowler@standrew.co.uk or telephone on 073 8895 5568 or contact James Farrelly, Senior Recruiter on 01604616624 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date – Sunday 7th April 2019.
Interview dates are likely to be 16th or 23rd April 2019.