24853 - Family Therapist: Youth Custody Service
HMPPS Youth Custody Service is currently recruiting Family Therapists for public sector Under 18 Youth Custody Sites: Werrington (Stoke-on-Trent), Wetherby (Yorkshire), Feltham (Heathrow, London) & Cookham Wood/Medway (Rochester, Kent). Successful applicants will work with mainly young men aged 15 to 18 years in custody and their families although some opportunities for working with both boys and girls in custody aged from 12 years may arise. Registration as a Systemic Psychotherapist with the Association for Family Therapy is essential and APPLICANTS WITHOUT THIS QUALIFICATION NEED NOT APPLY. Experience of working with adolescents involved in offending and their families is desirable. Whilst vacancies currently exist at each site, availability will depend on preference of successful applicants from previous recruitment campaigns. As these posts are newly created, interested parties should please note this additional description for an overview of the requirements of the post job rather than the job description below.
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.
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 Department.
- 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
All of the competencies in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Competency and Qualities Framework are relevant to this group profile. For the purpose of selection the following competencies will be measured:
- 3. Making Effective Decisions
- 4. Leading and Communicating
- 5. Collaborating and Partnering
- 6. Building Capability for All
- 14. Persuading and Influencing
- 15. Acting with integrity
Essential Skills/ Qualifications/ Accreditation/ Registration
Qualified and registered clinician with an associated and relevant professional body e.g. BACP, BPS, BABCP, and UKCP, NMC or working towards this qualification as long as they are associated to a professional body as part of their training
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.
Possess a professional background in one of the following disciplines: Psychotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Nursing, Probation/Social Work.
Qualification and experience in providing clinical supervision (preferably both group and individual)
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh
Hours of Work
37 hour working week
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.
-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
-HMPPS offers a childcare vouchers scheme. The scheme enables staff to take part of their salary in the form of Childcare Vouchers. This is known as a Salary Sacrifice. The vouchers can then be used to help meet the costs of any form of registered or approved childcare for children aged 0-16. The vouchers are exempt from tax and National Insurance contributions
-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
Working for the Civil Service
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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.
There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
19/03/2019, 23:55 hours
Closing Date: 19th March 2019 at 23:55 hours
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Effectiveness in this area means consistently acting in a principled, open and conscientiousness manner, and challenging unacceptable behaviour. Those who work in establishments must achieve a balance between excessive distance and familiarity with prisoners whilst dealing with prisoners in a way that is firm and fair. At a senior level it is about promoting a culture in which personal integrity thrives at all levels of the organisation.
Effectiveness in this area means listening to each other, using reason and cooperation to reach agreement. We must all seeks to understand others’ perspectives whilst following through on agreements. Those who work in establishments must take time to understand the prisoners’ point of view and encourage prisoners to understand own / establishment’s perspective. At a senior level it is about promoting a culture of open interaction and effective consultation across all levels of the organisation. It is about influencing and involving the right people necessary to get things done.