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Chartered Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist - City & Hackney

Job Introduction

Fixed Term Contract – Up to 12 Months

Part Time: 22.2 Hours Per Week / 3 Days Per Week

At Turning Point we provide services across the whole country which delivers end to end drug and alcohol treatment and support, family services, housing advice and support for those in contact with the criminal justice system, needle exchange system, and custody outreach. We are a specialist in delivering whole treatment system approaches across cities and county areas, which has led to the reduction in people falling through gaps between services and delivers improved outcomes.         

Through new funding released by Public Health England you have the opportunity to play an integral role in an innovative pilot working with substance using offenders across the London Borough of Hackney. This multiagency pilot will take a whole-system approach, providing wraparound intensive support to offenders in order to support them to address their substance use, reduce offending and support prison leavers into treatment.

There is a strong focus on partnership working throughout the service to help those in the criminal justice system who need support to achieve their goals. We deliver psycho-social and prescribing treatment and support from our hubs and from outreach settings, ensuring a holistic and inclusive approach to recovery in this all age drug and alcohol service.

Role Responsibility

You will offer clinical guidance, training and leadership to a team that delivers psycho-social interventions to both individuals and groups. You will draw on your knowledge of psychological treatment approaches to support people with offending behaviour, mental health and substance misuse difficulties. In addition to being responsible for contributing to the systematic governance of these and other services, you will offer psychological formulation and case consultation to colleagues as well as local agencies and organisations.

Inspiring, developing and coordinating everyone on your team will of course, be a vital part of your role. Leading on psychological formulation, which incorporates a trauma-informed approach with the team is at the heart of this role. Helping Recovery Workers and teams to use psychological formulation and a trauma-informed approach is a central part of this role.  You will facilitate group supervision with the criminal justice Recovery Workers to develop psychologically-informed thinking within interventions offered. We will also ask you to have a small caseload of service users with complex needs, offering direct assessment, formulation and therapeutic interventions.

Beyond the operational level, you will have a significant impact on the strategic direction and development of the criminal justice element of the service. This will include building strong professional links with other statutory and voluntary service providers and using your expertise to develop meaningful support networks for our clients, their family members and using a systemic approach to working with clients and their networks. You will also explore ways to continuously improve our services and integrate wider issues - housing, employment and finances, for example – into the overall treatment process. You will be invited to work with our national team of Clinical, Counselling and Forensic Psychologists to develop psychological and psycho-social approaches used across services and to further develop your career in a therapeutic specialism that fits with service needs.

The Ideal Candidate

Along with up to date registration through the Health and Social Professions Council (HCPC) as a Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist, you will need a doctorate in your professional specialism and proven ability to deliver psychological services. Your experience of leading and supervising clinical staff will ideally be supported by experience of working with substance misuse Service Users. Formal training in supervision, whilst not essential, would be desirable. Excellent communication skills, adaptability and commitment to the Recovery Agenda, will all contribute to you becoming a vital member of our clinical leadership team.

About us

Why Turning Point?

As a leading health and social care provider with more than 300 locations across England, we take real pride in the services we offer.

Across the varied regions, sectors and settings we operate within, our organisation is held together by a shared vision – and our people are connected by the same values. These include belief in potential, confidence in communication, embracing positive change and always treating each other as individuals.

We run all of our services on a not-for-profit basis; instead, we invest every penny back into our services and people. We never stop believing in change for the better, and we work constantly to improve the lives of the people we support.

Our people bring our vision to life. So, if you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to support others to fulfilling their potential, here at Turning Point, we don't just offer you a job – we offer you a career.

What Benefits Will I Receive?

Of course, we know it's not about the money. But that doesn't mean we don't reward our people for their invaluable work with a benefits package that includes:

  • Comprehensive opportunities to learn and develop, with silver accreditation from Investors in People
  • 33 days’ paid holiday a year, increasing with each year of service up to 35 days. Plus the option to purchase additional holidays
  • Flexible benefit options including cycle to work schemes and season ticket loans
  • Competitive pension and life assurance schemes
  • Employee assistance programme and access to online health and wellbeing support
  • Flexible working patterns to support work-life balance
  • Access to a wide range of discounts, including cinema tickets, grocery and high-street shopping and gym memberships

We reserve the right to close this advert early if we are able to appoint to the vacancy before the advertised closed date.

As part of the fight against COVID-19 here are some of the measures we have in place to keep our team members and the people we support safe:

  • Enhanced Infection/Prevention Control Measures, including the use of PPE, social distancing and regular testing
  • Following all government guidance applicable to our services as a minimum and ensuring our teams are trained effectively
  • Strongly encouraging colleagues to receive a vaccination to keep themselves and those around them safe, enabling access through time off & covering transport costs
  • Regular updates, FAQs, myth busting from Turning Point’s clinical team as well as wellbeing seminars which provide support on a variety of topics

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