Priory Group
North Yorkshire, York
Up to £55000 per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2022

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Mental Health
Contract Type
Full Time
Independent Sector
£50,000 - £60,000
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Priory Group is one of the UK's leading providers of independent specialist secure and step-down care across the UK.

Stockton Hall Hospital is a medium secure 112 bedded unit spanning over 7 wards, caring for people with mental illness, personality disorders and learning disabilities.

Would you like to join a well-established, motivated and visionary Psychology team, embedded within a successful and respected service? If you're looking to take your next meaningful steps within your psychology career, either as a newly qualified or more experienced psychologist, then we have the opportunity for you. We have a vacancy for a suitably qualified, Forensic, Clinical or Counselling Psychologist at Stockton Hall Hospital, part of the Median Priory. As a newly qualified psychologist, the opportunities for personal development, amongst a friendly and experienced team are vast. Alternatively, if you're a more experienced psychologist, there are fantastic opportunities to shape future service delivery, both within the hospital and wider forums.

The hospital is currently split across seven wards, providing care for up to 112 male and female patients with a broad range of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, learning disability, mental illness, and personality disorder. This diverse patient population makes Stockton Hall a fulfilling and stimulating environment in which to work, and provides the opportunity to develop a broad range of clinical skills as well as areas of clinical specialism. The hospital is currently undergoing an exciting process of service reconfiguration and opportunities to be involved in new service developments are available. Stockton Hall is part of the Humber Coast and Vale Provider Collaborative and contribute to wider strategic developments within this.

The successful individual will be an enthusiastic and motivated forensic, clinical or counselling psychologist. You will have full registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Post-qualification experience of working with complex patients ideally in a secure or locked setting, as well as experience of supervising others is advantageous but not essential. Applications from newly qualified psychologists or those awaiting a qualification award are also welcomed. Applications from those who would prefer part-time or flexible working arrangements are encouraged.

You will be involved in the provision of both assessment and treatment, including the use of structured risk assessment measures and one-to-one and group-based interventions relating to a range of potential risks and needs such as sexual and violent offending, fire-setting, problem solving, substance misuse and anger management. The role will require implementation of specialist psychological interventions as per NICE and best practice guidelines. Therapeutic modalities used within treatment currently draw on a range of approaches including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and EMDR. We would welcome applications from individuals with experience in any of these approaches, however, don't let this put you off, there are great opportunities for CPD going forward.

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team you will strive to promote a psychologically informed approach within the hospital; we are keen to continue developing as an enabling environment and support trauma informed working practices. Your role will, therefore, incorporate wider activities including staff training, reflective practice, formulation and de-brief sessions, service development and evaluation, research, and provision of clinical supervision. Reflective practice is well supported and valued within the hospital and our psychology team are instrumental in facilitating this. Some of the exciting projects our team are involved with currently include: staff engagement and compassionate leadership; developing trauma informed care and gender specific services; and consultancy and policy development in ASD diagnosis.

As a department we actively support the development of aspiring psychologists, through offering placements for clinical and forensic trainee psychologists and supporting psychology graduates on their journey to qualification. Opportunities for supervision, training and mentoring others is supported and encouraged.


Nursing at Priory Healthcare

At Priory Healthcare, we’re passionately committed to making a real and lasting difference for everyone we support. But that’s just the start. As a recognised leader in the healthcare sector, we’re equally passionate about harnessing the potential of everyone on our team – including our rapidly growing community of RMN’s.

So join us and we can promise you one of the most dynamic and supportive career environments in the sector.

We are already the largest mental health provider in Europe and treat upwards of 80 conditions in over 275 facilities around the country. But look beyond our size and you will also discover an unrivalled reputation for providing quality, inspiring innovation and delivery value for our service users.

What does this mean for you? More than you might imagine.

For a start, there’s greater clinical diversity here than anywhere outside of the NHS. This offers you the chance to develop your career at the forefront of nursing practice in one or  more of our six specialist areas – Acute Mental Healthcare, Secure, Rehabilitation and Complex Care, Eating Disorders and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

You will enjoy excellent learning and development resources, too. In addition to benefiting from our award-winning e-learning programme, your structured career progression could include supported study for specialist diplomas, preceptorships if you are newly qualified, a range of other externally accredited courses, the option of becoming a trainer on your own site, and much more besides.

Our working environment and culture are also exceptional. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of doctors, psychiatrists, therapists and other health care specialists. We don’t just work together. We listen to each other, share ideas, explore new ways of doing things and actively pursue innovation and excellence is all that we do. So while the work can be incredibly demanding, you will never lack the support, collaboration and encouragement you need to perform to your best and achieve your true potential.

As for recognition and rewards, they are everything you would expect from an organisation that values your expertise and commitment. And your career prospects? Well, the sheer scope and scale of our behavioural care services – and the pace of our development as a business – means that you can grow as far and fast as we do.

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