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Clinical Lead TC - HMP Dovegate

Job Req ID:  60235
Posting Start Date: 

Uttoxeter, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, ST14 8XR

Contract Type:  Full Time
Job Description: 

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.



Clinical Lead – Therapeutic Community

HMP Dovegate

Uttoxeter, ST14 8XR

Salary £50,000.00 - £60,000.00



The Job Opportunity

The key purpose of your role serves to embed and maintain the established principles of a high performing Therapeutic Community by leading a clinical service delivery staff team in the form of group work based practices.

You will be responsible for the clinical support and development of your staff team, ensuring that training, supervision and professional development is managed effectively and appropriately

You will also be responsible for the accreditation, quality assurance and clinical performance of your Community, aligning with the necessary regulatory frameworks and ensuring that this is a minimum baseline for performance.

Ultimately you must ensure that the accredited therapy model is delivered, embedded and maintained on a 24/7 basis across the whole of the Community.


Daily Duties Involved

The Clinical Lead will provide line management of staff and lead a Therapeutic Community.  The role is predominately clinical in line management accountabilities but does include the support of operational (custodial) delivery.

  • Maintain the safety and integrity of the therapeutic environment.
  • Oversee the provision and delivery of therapy within the Community.
  • Ensure that the group working model is embedded within clinical delivery.
  • Provide direct clinical leadership for the delivery of psychotherapeutic interventions aimed at reducing the likelihood of violent and general recidivism, whilst upholding and putting into practice TC values and principles.
  • Ensure that clinical work is delivered in a manner that is compliant with Community of Communities and HMPPS audit requirements and Correctional Services Accreditation and Advisory Panel (CSAAP) to meet the specifications set out in the Therapeutic Manuals as well as satisfying high levels of professional ethical standards.
  • To ensure the systematic and coordinated provision of high quality specialist psychodynamic psychotherapy assessment and treatment to residents with complex mental health problems including people with severe, enduring and multiple disorders, and challenging behaviour.
  • To offer clinical supervision based on psychotherapy knowledge and skills.
  • To utilise research skills for audit measuring outcomes and contributing to research and training within the areas served by the team and service.
  • Contribute to reducing re-offending and improving psychological health and wellbeing through managing the effective and efficient delivery of a therapeutic intervention.
  • To be involved in service developments as appropriate.
  • To work within professional guidelines and other overall framework of the CofC’s policies and procedures.


Leadership / Management:

  • Participate as an experienced clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service.  Including professional management in those aspects of the service where matters relating to psychodynamic psychotherapy need addressing.
  • Exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological therapy practice.
  • To participate in the development of an effective team in the development of productive working relationships throughout.
  • Facilitate the development of a positive and supportive team culture by taking responsibility for dealing effectively with potential conflict.
  • Lead in the audit process linking in with the clinical governance agenda.
  • Ensure that staff that you manage fully meet the requirements of their own job description and that all instances of poor performance are dealt with in line with Serco policies.
  • Ensure that your community fully meets all requirements external to a Therapeutic environment, but that is expected of all residential accommodation (HMIP, Security, IEP, ACCT, Violence Reduction and so forth).
  • To ensure that Annex 4s (competence measures) belonging to your staff are current and reflect current performance – staff ailing to achieve this must have appropriate support/training/advice to rectify concerns; continued failings will bring into question their ability to work within the TP.
  • Ensure that therapeutic processes are maximised to support and maintain cleanliness, repair and condition of living accommodation and common areas.
  • Attend and contribute to all relevant meetings and committees.
  • Promote and share best practice from across all communities.
  • To ensure that wherever possible your community is at maximum occupancy and spaces are being used for therapeutic purposes.
  • Ensure that wherever possible clinical decisions are taken in line with agreed therapy governance agreed procedures.
  • Work closely with all senior managers to ensure that the Therapeutic Prison is seen as the model of best practice across the whole custodial estate and that all forms of awareness training delivery accurately reflects this.
  • Undertake additional/extraordinary tasks as directed by your line manager.


What we are looking for in our candidates

  • Psychotherapy Clinical Lead or Senior Clinician for a therapeutic service including management of referrals, provision of caseload management and clinical supervision.  Experience in leading multi-professional clinical team meetings and case review meetings.
  • You will be a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist and / or group analyst registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) or BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council). You will be qualified with substantial post-qualification clinical experience in forensic or mental health work.  The post holder will need to be able to work autonomously, have experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be able to make good use of supervision and line management.


A Counselling, Clinical or Forensic Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • The position requires knowledge of Forensic Psychological & Democratic Therapeutic Community theories, practices and procedures employed within a custodial setting, requiring experience of delivering therapeutic environments or practices, preferably in a Forensic Settings.
  • The position requires conducting and overseeing the psychological and emotional treatment and rehabilitative therapeutic approaches which best serve the needs of residents, within the multidisciplinary team and complying with institutional policies and procedures.
  • To have experience working in a therapeutic environment and to be able to maintain the safety and integrity of that environment.  This is to include being confident in describing the TC model and it is desirable to be sufficiently knowledgeable of TC principles to teach/train other staff in that area.
  • To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes in accordance with clinical governance standards and the codes of practice and ethical guidelines of professional registration body.
  • To contribute to the development of best professional practice in psychodynamic psychotherapy by taking part in regular supervision and appraisal and maintaining awareness of current developments in the field.
  • To maintain and from you, locate the high standards of clinical record-keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice.
  • To maintain UKCP or BPC registration as a clinician and as a supervisor.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific service user group and mental health.

Clinical Skills:

  • To hold clinical responsibility for one of the Therapeutic Communities within HMP Dovegate, managing the assessment and treatment of 40 residents all of whom are offenders with complex psychological needs including significant trauma histories and personality disorders.
  • Depending upon specialism to provide appropriate expertise in relation to group psychodynamic psychotherapy or forensic psychological approaches to inform the management and treatment   of residents.



On occasion we receive significantly more applicants than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities.  Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

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