Community Lead-HMP Dovegate
Serco Plc
Stafford, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
9h ago

£40, PA

HMP Dovegate is a category B male establishment prison based on the Staffordshire / Derbyshire border near Uttoxeter Here at Serco we have a vacancy for a Community Lead to join our Therapeutic Community Lead Team.

The operational capacity is for prisoners who are serving a range of sentences including; trial, remand, those awaiting sentence and convicted men serving up to life in prison.

Joining our onsite team at this category B prison, you’ll play a key role in making a difference to the lives of our residents.

The key purpose of your role serves to manage the clinical delivery on the Community, to manage the Clinical Team in their therapeutic Roles on the Unit and to also, facilitate and deliver therapy in all the Community therapy group spaces.

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

You will be responsible for Reporting on Community Members progress on the Community, identifying areas of potential issue and risk, and ascertaining, along with your team and Senior Management, suitability to progress on to Therapy on the TC.

You will manage the clinical aspects of the referrals process, in line with clinical colleagues and the Deputy and Clinical Director.

What you need to do the job :

You will be an experienced Community Therapeutic Treatment with some Managerial Experience and a keen awareness of working in a custodial environment or with clients with complex presenting issues.

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.

The position requires knowledge of Forensic Psychological & Democratic Therapeutic Community theories, practices & procedures employed within a custodial setting, requiring experience of delivering therapeutic environments or practices, preferably in a Forensic Setting.

The role also requires conducting & overseeing the psychological & emotional treatment & rehabilitative therapeutic approaches which best serve the needs of Community Members, within the multidisciplinary team & complying with institutional policies and procedures.

You must 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 communicate complex clinical information in a skilled and sensitive manner including assessment, formulation and treatment plans of Community Members to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary treatment.

To actively work to make accessible and understandable psychotherapy research, theory, formulations and clinical work to colleagues.

The following leadership skills are essential :

To manage the interface between Operations, Security and Therapy in delivering effective and efficient therapeutic interventions.

To possess a proven record of successful leadership in relation to setting team objectives; with organisational effectiveness, time management, prioritising competing workloads, adhering to tasks deadlines.

To possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and be capable of producing written work to the highest academic standards.

To be competent in addressing large groups / audiences, for example in full staff briefings, providing clear and precise information to all.

Why Serco

Meaningful and vital work - Using specialist behavioural analysis you’ll contribute to the reintegration of ex-offenders back into society, helping them to address the factors that influence offending behaviour.

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.

We actively fund psychologists towards chartered and / or registered status and with ongoing CPD activities and look to promote from within.

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

We promote an empathic and therapeutic approach, respecting individual differences and promoting self-efficacy.

What we offer :

  • There are a range of benefits for working at Serco including a salary of £40, Per Annum and 25 days holiday. Other Serco benefits include;
  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme , Employee Assistance Programme , Training Fees paid. You will be employed by a company that is passionate about diversity and inclusion and provides safe and supportive culture.

    Serco discounts including cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.

    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, 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.

    At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all.

    As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool.

    We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas.

    We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.

    At Serco we support 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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