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Assistant Psychologist

Schoen Clinic York House are recruiting an assistant psychologist to join their diverse psychology team on a full time, permanent basis.
Description

The post-holder will contribute, under clinical supervision, to the delivery of care within the clinical service and to the clinical psychology component of the overall service. 

At Schoen Clinic we strive to deliver excellent care and treatment and have a strong quality agenda. Psychometric tests are collected to inform audit and research. The Clinical Psychologist will work with the APs to ensure the data can be used for service improvement.

Principle Duties

Key Accountabilities 

Clinical

  • Work with an awareness of the NICE guidelines in relation to the patient group.
  • Ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Children Act are fulfilled, as applicable.
  • To conduct regular psychological assessment including semi-structured interviews, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and structured observations, and provide feedback from these to the team to inform the most appropriate treatment.
  • Establish strong therapeutic relationships with patients and also work with families/carers.
  • Help patients with eating disorders to develop an awareness of their difficulties and implement psychologically sound coping strategies.
  • Carry out, score and interpret cognitive assessments using specialist equipment as appropriate and disseminate the results of these to the team, families and other professionals.
  • Support a range of psycho-educational groups and be support the continued development of the group programme at Schoen Clinic York.
  • Carry out 1:1 psychological intervention under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist using a cognitive and behavioural approach.
  • Represent the psychology team at weekly multi-disciplinary meetings and larger CPA review meetings for your allocated team, including the completion of a number of clinical duties.
  • 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 Clinical Psychologist.
  • Prepare clinical reports in a timely fashion, to communicate patients’ needs and progress to other members of the MDT.
  • Any other duties as deemed appropriate by the Clinical Psychologist, Clinical or Hospital Director.

Support

  • Participate in clinical supervision.
  • Support the psychologist in the education of psychological interventions within eating disorders to community health and education staff, as requested and when time permits. 
  • Communicate with patients and their carers in line with Schoen Clinic and BPS guidelines on confidentiality.  
  • Ensure good practice in terms of updating and informing all members of the MDT and appropriate others about current care plans and the psychological progress of the patients.

Administrative

  • Provide assistance to the Psychologists, including admin support and diary management. 
  • Responsible for participating in the Schoen Clinic York appraisal process, identifying and undertaking own mandatory, professional and personal development and training needs.
  • Keep adequate and timely patient records which comply with Schoen Clinic and BPS guidelines.
  • Carry out regular service audit and evaluation supporting the continued development and improvement of treatments.
  • Assist with the research projects of other staff as well as develop your own project under the general direction of the clinical psychologist. This includes 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 qualified Clinical Psychologist, Hospital Director and Consultant Psychiatrists in providing evidence-based practice.
  • Attend monthly research meetings and occasional meetings off site.

 

 
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    Details

    Location

    Schoen Clinic York

    Job Type

    12 Month Fixed Term Contract

    Category

    Medical

    Salary

    Competitive

    Closing Date

    31 August 2022

    Benefits

    Competitive salary 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

    Key Skills & Experience 

    Educational (Essential)

    • 1st class honours in Psychology.
    • Graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
    • Clear evidence of continued professional development

    Educational (Desirable)

    • Other related academic qualifications e.g. masters or PhD.
    • Certificate in Counselling Skills.
    • Knowledge of child and adult safeguarding

    Specific Training, Skills & Knowledge (Essential)

    • Able to operate within own levels of professional competency 
    • Able to maintain professional boundaries 
    • 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. 
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Good presentation skills using PowerPoint.
    • Ability to undertake independent study and assimilate new information (written and oral).
    • Ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to the treatment of eating disorders.
    • Ability to build therapeutic relationships and support vulnerable young people in distress.

    Specific Training, Skills & Knowledge (Desirable)

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

    Experience (Essential)

    • Experience operating within the BPS code of conduct 
    • Existing work experience as an assistant psychologist. 
    • Experience of working in adult mental health services.
    • 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.

    Other

    • Knowledge and experience of data analysis.
    • Experience of conducting independent research at undergraduate level or above.
    • Experience of conducting service evaluation/audit.
    • Ability to organise and prioritise time effectively and manage 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 
    • A desire to pursue a career in professional psychology.