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Clinical Lead - Therapeutic Community

Job Req ID:  101491
Posting Start Date:  19-Jan-2021

Uttoxeter, GB

Contract Type:  Full Time
Job Advertisement: 

Full Time, Permanent

£52,000 pa + Corporate Company Benefits


HMP Dovegate is a Category B male establishment prison based on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border near Uttoxeter. The operational capacity is for 1100 prisoners who are serving a range of sentences including; trial, remand, those awaiting sentence and convicted men serving up to life in prison.


The Therapeutic Community (TC+) is a purpose built 200 bed facility with four 40 bed Communities, a 20 bed Induction Unit and a 20 bed TC+ for those with learning disabilities/low IQ. The TC is a long term, accredited intervention aimed at reducing risk related to offending. All aspects of life on the community are designed to enable personal growth and are open for discussion. A Democratic TC which means that all members of the community (staff and prisoners) have a say in the running of the department and are involved in the decision making for their community.


Here at Serco we’re looking for an experienced Psychotherapist or Senior Clinician with ideally with Group Analyst exposure to join our established Venture Clinical Team.  You will lead a clinical service delivery team in the form of group work-based practices and be responsible for the clinical support and development of your staff team. 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.


You will need to demonstrate a high level of communication as well as the capacity to work to deliver groups as part of the TC+. This will require a level of flexibility within your role and you will be expected to work as a fully integrated member of the TC+ team which includes NHS and HMP staff working in partnership to deliver the TC model. Overarching aims and objectives include reducing risk of reoffending; improving the health and wellbeing of the TC+ residents and developing the TC+ workforce.


Ultimately, through your natural desire, passion and leadership qualities, you will ensure that the accredited therapy model is delivered, embedded and maintained on a 24/7 basis across the whole of the Community. Although the role is predominately clinical in line management accountabilities it also includes the support of operational (custodial) delivery.


This is an exciting opportunity to join the dedicated TC Team, you will not work alone but you will hold overall accountabilities and areas of responsibility, which will include:


  • Ensuring the systematic and coordinated provision of high quality specialist psychotherapy / psychology assessment and treatment to residents with complex mental health problems, including people with severe, enduring multiple disorders, challenging behaviour and Learning Difficulties.
  • Exercising responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological therapy practice.
  • Ensuring 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).
  • Working 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.



What you’ll need to do the role


First and foremost, you will hold and maintain UKCP, BPC, registration as a clinician and as a supervisor.


You must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and be capable of producing written work to the highest standards alongside competency in addressing large groups/audiences, for example in full staff briefings, providing clear and precise information to all.


Your passion for collaboratively working with offenders and experience of working with those with personality disorders will add value to the team and our offenders’ journeys.


Why Serco


Meaningful and vital work - You’ll contribute to the reintegration of ex-offenders back into society, helping them to address the factors that influence criminal behaviour and lowering reoffending rates


A world of opportunity - With six prisons across the UK and a breadth of roles, you’ll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression. Training will be provided to qualify as a Prison Offender Manager in line with national OMIC guidelines. Several other training packages will also be included.


Great people - You’ll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team. who believe passionately in the value of our work.


What we offer


  • Pension – 6%
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Bike4Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services/prisons sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Serco Benefits package


About Serco


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.


By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 




Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 


We’re a Disability Confident employer and are committed to equal opportunities. If you have any additional queries, requirements or you need more time to apply, then please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.


Serco supports fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the ‘Ban the Box’ pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required).

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