Psychologist (Full or Part Time)
Assertive Community Transitions Service for Secure Mental Health Patients
Location: Northampton or Leicester
Job Level: Career Level C / Expert (Equivalent to NHS Band 8a)
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare
St Andrew’s Healthcare is a charity with an excellent and well-deserved reputation as a provider of specialist mental healthcare. We transform the lives of people with the greatest mental health needs and have a reputation for managing highly challenging patients. Throughout our 180 year history we have helped some of society’s most vulnerable people and today we proudly continue to build world-class mental healthcare services. Our commitment to holistic care, safety, recovery and innovative therapies and treatment makes St Andrew’s the perfect place to take your career to a new level.
We have been asked by NHS England to pilot a new ‘Assertive Community Transitions Service’ for the southern part of the East Midlands region (Northamptonshire and Leicestershire). This will help expedite the safe discharge of forensic mental health hospital patients into the East Midlands, and provide an intensive, individualised support programme for them in order to make this transition smooth and to allow their reintegration into the community to work successfully for all.
To do this, a dedicated multi-disciplinary team is being formed to work with and alongside existing support teams including mental health hospital staff, community forensic services, local mental health teams, substance misuse support services, local housing providers, plus other community agencies and third sector providers. The shared aim will be to reduce lengths of hospital stay for patients, unblock any barriers to smooth and effective community step-down, bring support, confidence and self-help tools to patients that will help them settle in their communities, and intensively work with patients and all other stakeholders to minimise any relapses or need for hospital readmission.
This role will suit an experienced HCPC registered Psychologist. It will be an essential part of the MDT effort to manage and support forensic patients pre and post discharge, giving them the best chance of a settled, purposeful life in their communities.
The Psychologist will contribute to assessments and development of individualised support plans, deliver therapy and interventions identified for specific individuals, supervise others in delivering their interventions, and provide professional support to the receiving community teams and agencies.
Professional expertise will be required for interventions typically including offence-related work, CAT/DBT/CBT, attachment and relationships, anger management, impulse control, distress tolerance, staying well/mental health awareness, psycho-education and social skills development.
There will also be a need to play a part in a Crisis Response service during the working week and potentially occasionally at weekends/evenings.
You will be professionally qualified and registered, with experience of the needs of recovering forensic mental health hospital patients, as well as knowledge of community step-down and the stakeholders and agencies that can make this happen smoothly and sustainable.
Above all, you will be passionate about giving each patient the psycho-education, the social skills, the self-help tools and any other intensive support necessary to help them re-enter their communities successfully and at the earliest time possible for them.
You will need to have a driving license and access to a car for travel through Leicestershire and/or Northamptonshire, with occasional visits to Nottingham too. Car expenses will be reimbursed.
If this sounds like you then we’d love you to apply here. If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about this role please contact Tony Griffiths on 01604 616267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: Sunday 3rd November 2019
Interviews: W/C 11th or 18th November 2019