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Location : Rochester , Stoke-on-Trent , Wetherby
Salary : £ 38,148 - £ 43,870
Type : Permanent
Closing Date : 2021-09-14
Date Posted : 2021-09-05
Reference : 47453  

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Overview of the job

This is a non-operational, prisoner facing job with clinical responsibilities.


The job holder will provide clinical specialist assessment and treatment interventions for a complex needs prison population such as those with Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorders, supporting operational staff and other clinicians in their approach to psychotherapy.

The job holder will be working with complex / high risk prisoners, applying their experience and competence in a range of therapies in CBT, DBT, EMDR. Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) to reduce the risk of harm and re-offending by undertaking complex treatment interventions. They will undertake senior treatment manager responsibilities acting as lead for the Imminent Needs Team, conducting or contributing to research and delivering training for staff and group interventions for prisoners in relation to national initiatives.

This is a prisoner facing role with no line management responsibilities

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Specialise in the clinical delivery of accredited interventions, ensuring that clinical and audit requirements are adhered to and complement operational practice
  • Facilitate individual work sessions and small groups, supporting co-facilitators and other staff engaged in these processes
  • Prepare, write and supervise specialist reports when requested for prisoners and to submit within the appropriate time framework
  • Ensure the integrity and effectiveness of therapy, ensuring a range of professional standards are met in relation to the delivery of each session through oversight and supervision of other staff
  • Ensure the delivery of treatment complies with the requirements of the programme and remains consistent with the underlying theoretical models and prescribed delivery style
  • Attend local and national clinical intervention meetings to promote good evidenced based practice.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of training for multi-disciplinary staff recruited. Within this provide assessments and take an active role in individual staff development.
  • Deliver individual and group clinical supervision to members of the staff team and develop the clinical abilities of staff. Contribute to the overall appraisal of staff with regard to competence and quality of intervention delivery
  • Support and supervise others in the team delivering supervisory processes
  • Promote clinical principles, supporting staff to these into practice in the way they communicate with and work with one another
  • Manage relationships with internal and outside agencies ensuring plans are developed for continuity of the offenders treatment upon transfer or release in liaison with other staff
  • Act as a "professional witness" in parole board hearings, multi-agency meetings, and other formal settings where specialist input is required, such as re- categorisation boards. May also act as expert witness in respect of court proceedings for Ministry of Justice
  • Contribute to effective risk assessment and resulting risk management of complex, vulnerable or high risk prisoners, reporting on treatment and progress in relation to criminogenic factors
  • Develop and maintain expertise in the assessment and treatment of offenders and risk areas targeted by the programme
  • Contribute to other offender management processes (usually with more complex cases in work such as Assessment, Care in Custody & Teamwork (ACCT) assessments and self-harm or personality disorder assessments)
  • Ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by participating in audit and development activities relevant to the service area
  • Remain informed of and critically evaluate current research to support evidence-based practice in own professional work and to contribute this perspective in the multi-disciplinary team
  • Participate in the evaluation of the Service by working with colleagues in the design and development of service-related research and evaluation projects, as agreed with the Head of
  • Maintain professional networks with other clinicians sharing best practice

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English


  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others

Essential Experience

  • Experience in providing clinical supervision
  • Completed relevant training in effective models of treatment and best practise
  • Possess a professional background in one of the following disciplines: Psychotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Nursing, Probation/Social Work

Technical Requirements

  • Qualified  and  registered  clinician  with  an  associated  and relevant professional body, e.g. BACP, BPS, BABCP, UKCP
  • Qualification in Clinical Supervision
  • Trained to an advanced level in one or more of the following interventions: Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitzation Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Behaviour Modification.

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