34158 - Registered Psychologist: Preparation PIPE clinical lead

£41,586 - £49,906
12 Months
West Midlands
HM Prison Long Lartin, WR11 5TZ
Band 8
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working, Other

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The post holder will hold a strategic position as Clinical Lead for the preparation PIPE service within Long Lartin. They will have a key role, working collaboratively with the operational lead, in ensuring that the unit adheres to the theoretical principles of the PIPE model and in designing, delivering and having oversight of the core components of the PIPE model, including group work and the management of group dynamics. This will include ensuring the preparation PIPE service works towards and meeting and maintaining the standards set out for the Enabling Environment award.

The post holder will contribute to staff development by managing the training requirements for the unit and supporting and providing clinical supervision. They will work collaboratively with the wider organisation and contribute to developing awareness and understanding of preparation PIPE within Long Lartin as well as working alongside referring and receiving establishments. They will oversee and manage the referral and assessment process for the unit alongside ensuring data collection and submission requirements are met, contributing to the national evaluation of OPD services.

The post holder will contribute to the national programme of PIPE service development and attend national clinical meetings and supervision as required.

The post sits within Psychological Services within Long Lartin, being managed by the head of unit and being part of the management team for the department.


Qualified and HCPC Registered Psychologist or Qualified and accredited Psychological Therapist, Sociotherapist or equivalent (IGA, UKCP or equivalent).

Service Hours:

Minimum 0.8WTE (30 hours approx.) - rising to 1.0WTE in larger or high secure services.

Accountable to:

Governor / Director / Chief Executive / Regional Psych

Responsible for:

Implementing and maintaining the NHS and HMPPS Psychologically Informed Planned Environment (PIPE) model as part of a pathway of services within the Offender Personality Disorder Strategy.


Site based (unit based) with some travel required


Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPEs) are specifically designed, contained environments where staff members have additional training to develop an increased psychological understanding of their work. This understanding enables them to create an enhanced safe and supportive environment, which can facilitate the development of those who live and work there. They are designed to have a particular focus on the environment in which they operate; actively recognising the importance and quality of relationships and interactions. They aim to maximise ordinary situations and to approach these in a psychologically informed way, paying attention to interpersonal difficulties, for example those issues that might be linked to personality disorder.

PIPEs are not treatment interventions - the PIPEs model has been developed as an environmental approach to enhance the delivery of core work within Prison and Probation (community) settings, where additional psychological or ‘psychosocial’ considerations are required.

PIPE Clinical Lead – Sample Job Description (Not Provider-Specific) April 2018

Principal Duties:

The post holder will hold a strategic position as Clinical Lead for the PIPE service. They will have a key role in creating and maintaining a healthy psychosocial environment; ensuring that the unit adheres to the theoretical principles of the PIPE model. This will include design, delivery and oversight of the core components of the PIPE model, including group work and the management of group dynamics.

The post holder will manage the development of a positive and enabling milieu, ensuring that the delivery of psychosocial aspects of the PIPE service is compliant with policy and delivery arrangements. This will include ensuring the PIPE service works towards and meeting and maintaining the standards set out for the Enabling Environment award1


The post holder will be managing a wide range of complex dynamics within the environment and host organisation. This will require the post holder to take on a leadership role within the organisation, working effectively alongside operational and strategic leads for the service.

The post holder will contribute to staff development by offering training, supporting and providing clinical supervision. They will also participate in individual and group (peer) supervision, provided in a central location by a group analytic consultant each month.

The PIPE clinical lead will ensure that the application of the PIPE service supports and adheres to its agreed pathway function, e.g. Progression or Community.

The post holder will be expected to carry out the following duties:


  • To manage the implementation and delivery of the PIPE model in line with the PIPE service specification and national guidance; developing operational structures and approaches so that they are appropriately psychologically and psychosocially informed.
  • To develop necessary psychosocial conditions required to support progression through the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway, ensuring the service has a focus on the lived ‘experience’ of service users.
  • To develop and implement socially-creative semi-structured activities within the PIPE in order to contribute to a healthy psychosocial environment. To ensure these sessions are responsive and adhere to principles of service user involvement and engagement.
  • To develop a culture that promotes ‘planned’ and ‘psychologically informed’ responses from staff in relation to the host environment. This includes consideration of institutional dynamics and processes.
  • To oversee and manage the referral and assessment process for those applying to the PIPE, ensuring any relevant population and criteria considerations are taken into account, and all decisions are documented. Also, to liaise with the national Clinical Development Lead for PIPEs where appropriate.
  • To ensure that there is consistency and equity in approach from frontline members of the PIPE team, managing and mitigating the clinical impact of staffing structures, e.g. shift patterns or long absences.
  • In conjunction with the Operational Lead to ensure the weekly programme of activities in the PIPE meet both clinical and operational requirements.
  • To oversee the delivery of the structured and socially-creative groups and to develop further groups as the need arises.
  • Where appropriate, to contribute to or facilitate contributions to public protection and the MAPPA process for suitable cases including attending and contributing to relevant meetings.
  • To ensure the unit develops towards and maintains the recognised “Enabling Environment” award status, in conjunction with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
  • To promote and support a culture of innovation and creativity in the approach to working within the PIPE framework.
  • To manage the design and integration of ‘shared experience’ or ‘enriching’ opportunities within the PIPE services, facilitating external organisations (e.g. Reader in Residence or Creative Arts organisations), and their integration into the PIPE model.
  • To support and facilitate effective psychologically informed contributions from the PIPE staff to Parole and other reporting process
  • To contribute to the national programme of PIPE service development, and attend national clinical business meetings as required


  • To provide professional supervision to the PIPE service staff both on an individual and a group basis, promoting the PIPE culture and ethos, and supporting a developed understanding of Personality Disorder and psychosocial processes.
  •  To support non-clinical staff to engage effectively in a process of supervision and reflective practice, developing an understanding of groups and group process.
  • To manage and provide professional supervision to the Clinical Support staff member
  • To participate in national individual and group (peer) supervision, provided by a group analytic consultant each month.


  • To promote a developed and applied understanding of Personality Disorder within the staff group.
  •  To undertake, where appropriate, a training needs analysis for the PIPE service, and facilitate delivery of an agreed training plan, in line with the requirements of the PIPE model.
  • To design and deliver in house training and development of PIPE unit staff as required, in order to develop a healthy psychosocial environment and to enable the staff to carry out the requirements of the PIPE operating model effectively.
  • To coordinate and facilitate access to external training events for PIPE service staff.
  • To coordinate local PIPE awareness training for the host establishment or organisation
  • To attend training sessions in line with the Continuing Professional Development requirements of the BPS and the Health Care Professions Council, or equivalent authority.


  • To liaise with NHS/HMPPS Personality Disorder team, and co-commissioners as required.
  • To work collaboratively with the host establishment/organisation
  • To link in effectively with Offender Managers and Offender Supervisors
  • To manage and be responsible for providing data as required to co-commissioners, in line with contracting arrangements
  • To link in with appropriate OPD pathway and other services, facilitating access to internal or external clinical services as required, e.g. regional OPD networks
  • To represent the PIPE at appropriate forums, workshops and development meetings as required.
  • To represent the PIPE at internal and external events.
  • To represent the PIPE at National meetings as required, and in the development of pathways for Offenders with Personality Disorder.
  • With the operational lead to ensure key stakeholders and potential referrals are fully informed of the PIPE, ensuring the marketing and profile of the PIPE are effectively managed.


  • To contribute to the national evaluation of the Offender PD Pathway under the guidance of the national NHS/HMPPS OPD Research lead.
  •  To ensure data requirements are met, submitting data returns to the national OPD team where required.
  • To develop a local research and evaluation strategy specific to the PIPE, that complements the national evaluation process.
  • To oversee the delivery of psychological or climate measures as required.
  • To ensure local staff are familiar with the service outcomes for PIPEs and how their work contributes to the national strategy.
  • To contribute to a growing body of evidence around the development of the PIPEs concept e.g. through contribution to academic articles, maintaining local evidence about PIPE experiences and informing the design of research and evaluation processes.

Organisational Context (Diagram) Effort

Mental Effort:

  • Maintain intense focussed concentration during clinical tasks.

Emotional Effort:

  • Capacity to manage exposure to highly distressing and emotive situations and disclosures, including working with offenders who present at risk of serious self-harm or suicide.
  •  Capacity to tolerate exposure to unpredictable working conditions including demanding, verbally aggressive clients and deal with physical aggression appropriately.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational strain and ability to understand and contain the stress of others.

This job description is not meant to be exhaustive and may be altered in consultation with the post-holder.

Training & Qualifications

  • Professional qualification in Psychology, Psychotherapy or Sociotherapy.
  • Registration with relevant body, e.g. BPS, UKCP etc
  • Clinical supervision training/qualification
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to others either individually or in groups

Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience of working in a Forensic setting
  • Experience of working with Personality Disorder
  • Group Analytic or Process experience
  • Ability to comprehend and communicate verbally and in writing complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to a range of settings and audiences.
  • Ability to analyse and manage complex clinical information from a range of sources integrating it into a formulation utilising a range of clinical perspectives
  • Ability to organise own workload effectively, prioritising a complex range of tasks and responsibilities to meet deadlines
  • Adequate keyboard skills and sound understanding of IT packages
  • Knowledge of conducting literature searches and critically analysing clinical and research evidence
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the appropriate registering body
  • Knowledge of ethical practice mindful of issues of power and diversity
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to network and work alongside other functions within a complex organisation.


  • Capacity to manage exposure to unpredictable working conditions including demanding, verbally aggressive clients and deal with physical aggression appropriately
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational strain and ability to contain the stress of others


  • Ability to work within Professional Guidelines
  • Must be capable of taking substantial professional responsibility and acting autonomously in respect of clinical decisions in their area of specialist practice.
  • Ability to know limitations of knowledge and seek input appropriately.
  • Ability to manage a small local budget for non-pay costs e.g. materials and travel budgets

The preparation PIPE at HMP Long Lartin forms part of the OPD pathway. It is the only preparation PIPE for men, sitting within high security services supporting men to progress who have particularly complex needs and are struggling to access their treatment pathway. It also works within the LTHSE Pathways to Progression delivery model, helping to support the effective progression of men who have spent significant amounts of time in segregation.  

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate's Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.


Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

-You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment


-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers


-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles


-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist

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There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

To Be Confirmed

03/07/2020, 23:55 hours.

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