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Clinical Associate in Psychology

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,768 to £46,124 a year per annum incl HCA
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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As part of the transformation of Eating Disorder provision across East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) we are developing a FREED (First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders) informed community hub. In this exciting post you will work within the small but growing ELFT DE Hub and you will have an opportunity to shape and develop the implementation of early intervention support. You will provide specialist psychological services to adults across all sectors of care, providing psychological assessment, group work and psychoeducation workshops, and individual therapeutic interventions. This post will involve, amongst other things, working into IAPT services, developing support structures in the primary care networks (Neighbourhood Teams), and liaising closely with our specialist partners at St. Ann's Specialist Eating Disorders Service. Furthermore, you will utilise research skills for adult, policy and service development and research within areas serviced by the team.

Co-production is one of the foundations of the Transformation Programme at ELFT and you will work closely with experts-by-experience, local communities, Community and Voluntary and Social Enterprises, to co-produce and co-develop services. You will primarily be involved in providing psychological interventions for people whose relationship with food, eating and body image is problematic for them or those who care about them, and/or people who have a diagnosis of an Eating Disorder.

Main duties of the job

This work will be under the supervision of a qualified psychologist who will retain clinical responsibility for clinical work carried out, provided that the clinical work is within the care plan specified.

Key tasks will involve partnership working, liaising with various stakeholders in the system, e.g. GPs, primary and secondary care mental health services, colleges and universities, and the 3rd sector. The post-holder will also be involved in raising the awareness of the complexity of the health and social challenges many people face and the impact this has on mental health & well-being and vice versa. A key aim of the service is to help people build resilience and feel more connected to their community, and to instill a sense of belonging.

We sincerely welcome applications from people who have previous experience of using Mental Health services, and/or individuals who are/have been a carer for someone. We are also very interested in receiving application from people who have strong local connections to the 3 boroughs in which we work.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oAn approved qualification in psychology conferring eligibility for graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society, (Class 2.2 or higher)
  • oCompleted BPS [British Psychological Society] accredited CAP apprenticeship training programme including EPA to IFA standards
  • oUnderstand the range of behavioural change models, including health belief models, and interventions that promote mental health for the populations (e.g. Ecological Model; Community Psychology).
Experience Essential
  • oStrong ability to engage with a variety of services and community partners and stakeholders, and to expand existing networks, and to nurture and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders
  • oUnderstand how to analyse and appraise key theoretical concepts of psychological models of treatment for Eating Disorders both at individual and group level recognised in evidence-based national guidelines
  • oCommunicate effectively, share information and check understanding using clear language and appropriate, written materials, making reasonable adjustments where appropriate in order to optimise people's understanding
  • oRecognise and accommodate sensory impairments during all communications and the use of personal communication aids
  • oTake account of how conflicting and sometimes contradictory information from carers and other healthcare professionals, in emotive and challenging situations and contexts, may impact on the outcome of assessment
  • oApply and review risk assessments and formulations when working with complex patients within scope of practice
  • oAble assess limits of professional boundaries and capacity and understand when to seek appropriate supervision/advice on practice and whom to refer to so as to ensure best care
  • oLived experience of using services, and/or being a carer for someone
  • oApply and analyse a range of research approaches including both qualitative and quantitative methods in clinical practice
  • oEvaluate and audit clinical practice through conducting service evaluations/QI projects to inform change through dissemination of findings ensuring best use of publicly funded resources
  • oAssess and identify appropriate practice in relation to critical incident and severe adverse events
  • oProvide consultation/supervision with regards to psychological formulation, assessment, and intervention for eating disorders presentations
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oTo be able to assess and formulate someone's experiences drawing on a range of psychological models and theory, including being familiar with NICE approved and other interventions for Eating Disorders
  • oWork cross-culturally and/or in different languages
  • oUnderstand the principles of clinical supervision using them to provide a safe and supportive environment to reflect, review and discuss personal and professional responses to work
  • oAble to correctly handle confidential information and knowing how and when to share this information for appropriate professional purposes and only with appropriate individuals, and as necessary with appropriately gained consent
  • oMaintain and implement knowledge of contemporary evidence-based practice through appropriate continued professional development
  • oUnderstand and recognise professional duty to challenge and report discriminatory behaviour
  • oAbility to maintain accurate clinical records and why all entries in clinical and practice records are dated, timed and signed
  • oAbility to analyse and appraise the range of psychological assessment methods used within applied clinical practice to underpin assessment
  • oAbility to analyse outputs from specialist psychological assessments across a broad range of patient needs, especially around eating disorder presentation
  • oKnowledge of the range of legal, ethical, professional, financial and organisational policies and procedures that apply to clinical research activities
  • oAdept in understanding and using models of clinical supervision and requirements for practice in line with the evidence-base and professional codes of conduct2
  • oSkilled in continuous self-reflection, seeking and responding to support and feedback to develop professional knowledge and skills
  • oExperience of working closely experts-by-experience, local communities, Community and Voluntary and Social Enterprises, to co-produce and co-develop services
  • oAwareness of diversity of cultural norms across the borough, and being able to respond to this appropriately
  • oKnowledge and implementation of local, regional and national policy
  • oAble to understand and critically appraise best evidence and existing practice to inform clinical decision making where there is no agreed consensus on treatment protocols and evaluate outcome
  • oUnderstand and utilise learning styles, tools and techniques that can be used to support learning
  • oExperienced in using a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies relevant to situation and service context that draw on specialist psychological tools to collect data to evaluate own practice as well as to enhance service delivery

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