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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and creative psychologist to become the clinical lead for a new Approved Premises PIPE (Psychologically Informed and Planned Environment). Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPEs) are specifically designed, contained environments where staff members have additional training to develop an increased psychological understanding of their work. This understanding enables them to create an enhanced safe and supportive environment, which can facilitate the development of those who live and work there. They are designed to have a particular focus on the environment in which they operate; actively recognising the importance and quality of relationships and interactions. They aim to maximise ordinary situations and to approach these in a psychologically informed way, paying attention to interpersonal difficulties, for example those issues that might be linked to personality disorder.
The post holder will hold a strategic position as Clinical Lead for the PIPE service. They will have a key role in creating and maintaining a healthy psychosocial environment; ensuring that the unit adheres to the theoretical principles of the PIPE model. This will include design, delivery and oversight of the core components of the PIPE model, including group work and the management of group dynamics. The post holder will manage the development of a positive and enabling milieu, ensuring that the delivery of psychosocial aspects of the PIPE service is compliant with policy and delivery arrangements. This will include ensuring the PIPE service works towards and meeting and maintaining the standards set out for the Enabling Environment award (Royal College of Psychiatry).
The PIPE will be situated at Fleming House AP in Maidstone and delivered in partnership with the National Probation Service (NPS) in Kent. The PIPE clinical lead will be at the AP for four days a week and will be one day a week in the Kent IIRMS (Intensive Integrated Risk Management Service), also based in Maidstone. This will allow the post holder the opportunity to engage in direct therapeutic work with clients.
The PIPE will be closely aligned with other OPD and related services in Kent including the prison PIPEs at HMP Swaleside, the Forensic Outreach Liaison Service (FOLS), IIRMS and community OPD pathways.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a permanent post subject to continual funding from NHS England.
For further details / informal visits contact:
For further information about this role and/or an opportunity to visit the Approved Premises please contact Sara Casado Apply
or Tania Tancred Apply