Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool and Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. Our services are currently provided from 124 sites across the North West.
Our ambition is to deliver perfect care and become the world’s leading organisation in physical, mental health, addiction and learning disabilities. We set our own standards and goals for improvements in care rather than aiming to meet minimum standards set by other organisations. Our values are those of: Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support. We are the first Trust in the UK to publicly commit and develop a policy to have zero suicides among people in our care by 2020.
We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations, we've been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good” overall and “Outstanding” for being well led.
The Beacon is a prison-based assessment and treatment service for men with personality related needs underlying their risk and offending behaviour. It is a partnership based service between Merseycare Foundation Trust and HMP Garth and is located within HMP Garth in Leyland, Lancashire.
The service is part of the National Offender Personality Disorder Pathway of services. It provides a range of group based and 1:1 interventions as part a therapeutic milieu which involves a focus on attachment, trauma and systemic interventions, alongside comprehensive risk assessment and management. Core aims of the service are consistent with those of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway in improving psychological wellbeing, reducing risk, improving staff skills and competencies and formulation and pathway focussed interventions.
The service has a positive, enthusiastic and dedicated partnership team who have a commitment to creative and diverse interventions, to reflective practice and discussion, and to promoting genuine collaborative and compassionate working with all our service users. We have an equal commitment to understanding men and their behaviour in the context of their lives, and to engaging and working with the complex factors involved in change and rehabilitation at all levels of service delivery and development.
The Beacon is now looking for a Consultant Clinical or Forensic Psychologist - Deputy Clinical Lead, who shares our passion for the above principles and values and who is motivated to support the leadership and management team on the further development and maintenance of the same across our respective partner agencies, and within and across the national OPD pathway.
You will have a demonstrable commitment to the provision of the highest standards of care and service delivery for individuals and services with complex clinical and risk needs. You will have a clear and proven ability to engage and provide clinical leadership within teams including within complex service and systemic contexts .
You will value the challenges and opportunities involved in supporting the clinical leadership of the service and in collaborating with partner colleagues and service users. You will have a sophisticated knowledge of the needs and strengths of individuals who may meet criteria for a diagnosis of personality disorder, or personality difficulties. You will have equal knowledge and ability to act in a senior role in leading and supporting staff teams to manage the personal, professional and ethical challenges and opportunities work within this area can involve.
The post involves working in close partnership with operational managers and with the service Custodial Manager and with clinical and officer colleagues in the wider multidisciplinary team.
The post is 37.5 hours Monday to Friday (7.45- 16.15) with some flexibility dependent on service need. There is also a telephone consultation on call requirement (by rota) linked to the post.
If these opportunities and challenges sound appealing we would encourage you to come and see us, and to meet the Beacon residents and team.
Shortlisting is planned for 8th June 2020
Interviews are planned for 13th July 2020
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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Mr Simon Crowther, Clinical Lead. Simon.Crowther@merseycare.nhs.uk
Mr Tony Carradice, Clinical Operational Manager Tony.Carradice@merseycare.nhs.uk
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