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Assistant Pstchologist

Schoen Clinic Newbridge House are recruiting an assistant psychologist to join their diverse psychology team. The psychology team consists of a lead psychologist, CBT therapist, art psychotherapist and three assistant psychologist’s.
Description

The post holder will be expected to contribute to the on-going development of the service, providing psychological group intervention, and working alongside other assistant psychologists. The post holder will be responsible for representing psychology within MDT meetings, and supporting formulation, diagnosis and risk assessment.

The post holder will attend weekly supervision with a registered psychologist, and play an active role in service development through research and audit. The post holder will also be encouraged to further enhance their psychological knowledge and skills through research presentations and publications. The post holder will also be supported to pursue their career development onto a doctorate/master program.  

Principle Duties

Clinical

  • Work with an awareness of the NICE guidelines for the treatment of eating disorders.
  • To conduct assessments including semi-structured interviews, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and structured observations, and provide feedback from these to the MDT to inform the most appropriate treatment.
  • Establish strong therapeutic relationships with vulnerable young people and also work with families/carer
  • Help young people with eating disorders to develop an awareness of their difficulties and implement evidence based coping strategies.
  • Carry out, score and interpret cognitive assessments using specialist equipment such as the WISC/WAIS, and disseminate the results of these to the team, families and other professionals.
  • Deliver a range of psycho-educational groups and be responsible for the continued development of the group psychology programme at Newbridge House.
  • Carry out one to one psychological intervention under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist.
  • Represent the psychology team at weekly multi-disciplinary meetings and larger CPA review meetings.
  • Assist in the formulation and delivery of care plans involving the psychological intervention and/or management of a patient’s difficulties under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist.
  • Prepare clinical reports in a timely fashion, to communicate patients’ needs and progress to other members of the MDT.

Professional

  • Be responsible for ensuring that confidentiality is maintained at all times in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation, The Children Act, Child Protection Legislation, and Schoen Clinic, Newbridge House Policy.
  • Follow Health and Safety policy and procedures and be aware of individual responsibilities under legislation and inform the General Manager of any potential risks.
  • Operate within own level of professional competency.
  • Maintain professional boundaries.
  • Operate within the BPS code of conduct.
  • Make use of weekly clinical supervision from a Registered Psychologist in line with BPS guidelines.
  • Provide assistance to other members of the psychology team, including admin support and diary management.

Educational

  • Responsible for participating in the Newbridge House appraisal process, identifying and undertaking own mandatory, professional and personal development and training needs.
  • Provide training and education of basic psychological principles to healthcare professionals, parents and carers under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist.
  • To be responsible for own professional development and ensure that an adequate Continued Professional Development log is kept.

Organisational

  • Contribute to Schoen Clinic, Newbridge House organisational values.
  • Comply with all relevant Schoen Clinic, Newbridge House and statutory polices and procedures.
  • Contribute to Schoen Clinic, Newbridge House’s Clinical Governance arrangements and quality agenda.

Research and service evaluation

  • Carry out regular service audit and evaluation supporting the continued development and improvement of treatments.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of larger research projects including where appropriate the completion of ethics applications, data collection, statistical analysis, production of reports for publication and the delivery of presentations at external conferences.
  • Undertake routine data collection, analysis and the production of reports and summaries using IT and statistical computer-based programmes.
  • Undertake literature review searches and assist the Registered Psychologists, General Manager and Consultant Psychiatrists in providing evidence-based practice.

Communication

  • Communicate with patients and their families/carers in line with Schoen Clinic, Newbridge House and BPS code of conduct on confidentiality.
  • Communicate appropriately and effectively with all team members.

Administrative

  • To record client contacts and assessments according to relevant policies, using the computerised system. 
  • To keep other notes and records as may be necessary to clinical psychology professional practice, using paper and/or computer systems.
  • To provide written reports on psychological assessments, formulation, therapeutic progress and outcomes for colleagues and referrers.

SCHOEN CLINIC CULTURE

Our culture of world-class medical excellence is based on our five key values:

Accountable: Taking ownership of the things I say and do

Caring: Treating others as I would like to be treated

Collaborative: Working together to make a winning team

Courageous: Being proud to be different and challenge the norm

Determined: Seeing things through to meet and exceed expectations

 

OUR AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

  • HOSPITAL GROUP OF YEAR - WINNER
  • Nursing Practice (Schoen Clinic Newbridge)
  • Healthcare Outcomes (Schoen Clinic Newbridge)
  • Management Excellence (Schoen Clinic UK)
  • Hospital (Schoen Clinic London)
  • HOSPITAL - WINNER
  • Hospital Group (Schoen Clinic London)
  • Nursing Practice (Schoen Clinic London)
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Details

Location

Schoen Clinic Newbridge Birmingham

Job Type

Fixed Term

Category

Medical

Salary

up to £21,892

Closing Date

29 June 2022

Benefits

• Salary up to £21,892 with an annual salary review • 25 days holiday + 8 bank holidays • Professional development opportunities • Contributory pension scheme • Enhanced Private Medical Insurance with BUPA including access to a private GP service, free screening & the inclusion of pre-existing conditions. • Eye care scheme with Specsavers • Online benefits portal with high street and online shopping discounts • Cycle to work scheme • Group Life Assurance • Enhanced maternity & paternity pay • Paid emergency leave • Occupational Sick Pay above SSP • Interest free season ticket loans • Employee Assistance Programme with wellbeing support

Skills

Educational (Essential)

  • 1st class honours in Psychology.
  • Graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Educational (Desirable)

  • Other related academic qualifications e.g. masters or PhD.
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Specific Training, Skills & Knowledge (Essential)

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good presentation skills using PowerPoint.
  • Ability to undertake independent study and assimilate new information.
  • Ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Ability to build therapeutic relationships and support vulnerable young people in distress.
  • Awareness and commitment to equality and diversity.
  • Knowledge of NICE guidelines for the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding principles and practice.
  • Knowledge of CBT principles and applications.

Specific Training, Skills & Knowledge (Desirable)

  • High standards of report writing including interpretation and communication of neuropsychological/cognitive test scores under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist.
  • Knowledge of psychodynamic and DBT principles and applications.
  • Knowledge of autism; and girls with autism.

Experience (Essential)

  • Existing work experience as an assistant psychologist.
  • Experience of working in CAMHS or with young people.
  • Experience delivering group interventions.

Experience (Desirable)

  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of neuropsychological/cognitive assessment.
  • Experience working with eating disorders.
  • Experience delivering one to one therapy.

Research (Essential)

  • Knowledge and experience of data analysis using SPSS.
  • Experience of conducting independent research at undergraduate level or above.
  • Experience of conducting service evaluation/audit.

Research (Desirable)

  • Knowledge or experience of conducting qualitative research.
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant/evidence-based research including RCT’s.

Other

  • Ability to organise and prioritise time effectively and managing  own caseload.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member and display a flexible and supportive approach when appropriate.
  • Ability to work sensitively with patients and carers.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to accept and use clinical supervision appropriately and effectively.
  • An interest in eating disorders and working with young people.
  • A desire to pursue a career in professional psychology.