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Assistant Psychologist Crisis Plus

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£30,786 to £37,841 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 5
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to join a High Intensity User (HIU) service as an assistant psychologist within Lewisham Community Mental Health Services.

The service offers time limited session to co create management plans that allows services to better understand the needs of our SU when in distress or experience crisis. We work specifically with those SU who a history of frequently using acute and crisis services. These service user typically present with challenging and complex needs, with a range of diagnosis and an increased risk of harm to self and others.

This role is predominately onsite, based at Lewisham CMHT's as well as working across adult mental health services in Lewisham.

Main duties of the job

You will be part of a small team allocated to a CMHT. You role will include assisting the HIU service in the delivery of a specialist applied psychology. You will work with service users who present in crisis with acute risks in Lewisham, by delievring high levels assessment, forumalation to guide psychological informed intervetions.

An important part of the role will be using service use data to support in the identification of HIU through the use of service data. This will also include assisting in clinically related administration, conduct of audits, collection of statistics, and development of audit and/or research projects, teaching and project work.

About us

You will be based across a number of sites in Lewisham including two Community Mental Health teams and the Ladywell unit, based in Lewisham.

Some of our benefits of working for SLaM are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits fromkeyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Work with service users who present with a range of diagnoses, challenging behaviours and acute risk in crisis.
  • Contribute to the co-creation of effective multi-agency crisis plans with the highest-use service users and their care teams.
  • Use a range of psychological skills including assessment, formulation, alongside short-term interventions, and working in a systemically-focused approach.
  • Offering guidance to service users, their carers, mental health and external agencies on how best future crises can be more effectively managed and to support the service users recovery.
  • Attend MDT meetings, ward rounds, etc and needs to be confident following and, at times contributing to, multi-disciplinary clinical discussion.
  • Developing the function of the HIU service including supporting the development of new interventions that proactively engage service users.
  • Collection of qualitative and quantitative outcome data from service users and the network of professionals, and developing and maintaining a number of databases linked to identification of HIUs.
  • Support the wider work in Lewisham and the trust in relation to HIU users.
  • Key responsibilities are detailed in the Job description and person specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A First-class or Upper-second-class Bachelors degree with Honours in Psychology (or related behavioural science) that is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Masters level qualification in applied psychology (A/I)
  • Relevant specialist training in relation to working with personality disorder
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working within an NHS setting
  • Sufficient post-graduate experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs who present in crisis with acute risks
  • To be able to work clinically without direct supervision
  • Post-graduate experience of conducting research projects or audits
  • Experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience
  • Experience of working with service users with risk of harm to self or others
  • Experience of working across a range of clinical settings, including crisis and acute psychiatric services
knowleadge Essential
  • oGraduate level knowledge of psychological research methodology and statistical analysis.
  • oGood theoretical knowledge of the problems experienced by and needs of service users presenting in crisis
  • oMethods of psychological assessment and treatment for those with complex mental health needs
  • oAwareness of racial and diversity issues through attendance of relevant training
  • oKnowledge of interventions such as CBT, distress tolerance and emotional regulation
  • oKnowledge of around risk of harm to self or others
Skills Essential
  • oSkills in relevant psychological assessment and interventions that enable working independently as a pre-qualified practitioner with clinical supervision
  • oWell-developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, sensitive or contentious information to clients, families and colleagues
  • oSkills in completing literature reviews and summarising research findings to inform clinical practice or for the purpose of publication
  • oSkills in supporting the development of training materials
  • oWell-developed IT skills including using excel and SPSS in the analysis of research data
  • oExperience of data collection, analysis and interpretation using large service wide datasets
Abilities Essential
  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles
  • oHighly organised, able to manage workload, work to deadlines with competing tasks
  • oAbility to identify and follow relevant clinical governance procedures
  • oAbility to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour
  • oAbility to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self.

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