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Assistant Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Band 5
Full Time
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This is a great opportunity to work within our inpatient mental health psychology service and to work alongside psychologists, psychiatrists, junior doctors, OTs, nurses and physiotherapists, in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Our innovative Adult Mental Health 3-3-3 service comprises Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Admission ward, Treatment ward and Recovery ward. Within our Admission ward we also care for adults who are referred to us through the MOD. Our inpatient pathways are based on stays of 3 days (assessment), 3 weeks (treatment) and 3 months (recovery). Working within this unique acute care system enables you to:
  • Focus on developing specific skills and further develop expertise in assessment,

Treatment and recovery.
  • Have the opportunity to experience working across the 3-3-3 system.
  • Improve and enhance collaborative working across the acute care system.
  • Contribute to the reputation and image of our treatment system, resulting in an increased sense of pride in our place of work.

The post-holder will provide support to adults with a mental health diagnosis. The therapy will be provided as a part of the multi-disciplinary team approach to optimise individual functional outcomes.

The post-holder will deliver different forms of psychological interventions to patients recovering from an episode of mental health illness in either an individual or group setting. The post-holder will be based at The Cavell Centre, in Peterborough.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a direct service using psychological intervention and assessment tools, under supervision of the Clinical Psychologist.
  • To support the Clinical Psychologist in preparation of team formulation sessions, i.e. completing file reviews and dissemination of formulation.
  • To facilitate group work, including psychoeducation and CBT informed sessions. This may include co-facilitating groups alongside other members of the MDT.
  • To facilitate individual psychological work, under the supervision of the Clinical Psychologist.
  • Where indicated to carry out Brief Psychological Interventions, including Anxiety Management, Behavioural Activation and Distress Tolerance.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share out vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disable people & members of our BAME & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

To support completion of Cognitive Screening assessments and in somecircumstances more detailed neuro-psychological assessments.

To input information and maintain the psychology referral spreadsheet/database.

To monitor and evaluate progress, refining interventions as necessary.

To plan and prioritise workload.

To ensure that patients are appropriately consulted about relevant aspects of their care and are empowered to express their views in a responsive environment.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • An upper second-class honours degree in psychology
  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • oA Master's degree and/or enrolled in a Master's course recognised by the British Psychological Society.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with adults with mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of delivering psychologically informed groups
  • Practical working knowledge of at least one relevant psychological approach e.g. CBT
  • Experience of working in inpatient mental health settings.
  • Experience of completing risk assessments.
  • Experience of working with patients with cognitive difficulties
  • Experience of psychometric testing, scoring and report writing
  • Experience of working with challenging behaviour
Skills/Abilities Essential
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental health problems and other disabilities
  • Ability to communicate (orally and in writing) highly complex, highly clinically sensitive and condition-related information to patients, families and other professionals.
  • Experience of maintaining working relationships and a high degree of professionalism in the face of often highly emotive and distressing problems
  • An ability to apply existing psychological knowledge, underpinned by theory, to a mental health context
  • Ability to recognise limits of competence and seek support and supervision when needed.
  • Knowledge of the literature on psychosis.
  • Knowledge of the literature pertaining to personality disorder
Knowledge/Understanding Essential
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, responsible
  • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from service users.
  • Able to contain and work with high levels of organisational stress.
  • Capacity for frequent extended periods of intense concentration in a contexts of therapeutic settings
  • Capable of working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Other requirements Essential
  • Recognise peoples right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude
  • Able to sit for long periods
  • Ability to travel

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