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Assistant Psychologist

Employer
West London NHS Trust
Location
Southall
Salary
£32,720 to £39,769 Per Annum Inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Profession
Mental health, Psychologist
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
An excellent opportunity has arisen for experienced assistant psychologists or psychological well-being practitioners to join the Specialist Community Forensic Team (SCFT) at West London Forensic Service. There are two full-time posts available which are based on St Bernard's Hospital site in Ealing.

You will work within the team supporting the provision of a highly specialist psychology service to service users with a diagnosis of mental illness and an offending history who are living in the community or in the process of moving from a secure hospital to the community.

We welcome applications from highly-motivated, resourceful individuals who value team working, and who have experience in working in forensic settings and / or adult mental health.

West London is one of the most diverse and vibrant areas in London and our staff reflect the diverse communities we serve. Our sense of community and pride in our work stems from the difference which every member of our staff makes.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for supporting the provision of a highly specialised psychology service to culturally diverse service users with enduring mental health disorders and forensic histories, who are living in the community or in the process of moving from a low or medium secure forensic mental health setting to the community.

As a member of the MDT, you will provide psychological assessments, formulations and interventions (group and individual) focused on mental health and risk, under the supervision of a qualified member of the psychological services who will retain clinical responsibility for work carried out. You will assist in clinically related administration, conduct of audits, collection of statistics, development of audit and/or research projects, teaching and project work. The role involves working independently according to a plan agreed with the line manager and within the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK. It provides a broad range of forensic mental health care in adult male and female services, across high, medium and low security settings, as well as in a community and court diversion setting. West London Forensic Service was recently rated as outstanding by the CQC.

Psychology plays a valued and integral role within West London Forensic Service. We are committed to providing high quality, evidence based interventions within a recovery framework. The psychological therapies department, which comprises a team of over thirty psychologists and psychological therapists, is well-established and supportive with high standards of clinical supervision and excellent opportunities for continuing professional development.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Responsibilities

You will work within the Specialist Community Forensic Team to provide a high quality, specialist applied psychology service to service users with a diagnosis of mental illness and an offending history who are living in the community or in the process of moving from secure inpatient care to the community.

You will have a psychology degree or higher in psychology, conferring eligibility to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society.

You will have experience of working as an assistant psychologist or psychological wellbeing practitioner in a mental health and/or forensic clinical setting or equivalent, providing psychological assessments and interventions.

You will share our Trust values of Togetherness, Responsibility, Excellence and Caring.

For further information, please contact Lisa Cook, Principal Psychologist via email on lisa.cook@westlondon.nhs.uk

Person Specification

Qualifications and training

Essential

  • An approved qualification in psychology conferring eligibility for graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society, with either a Bachelor's degree (Class 2.2 or higher


Desirable

  • Evidence of further training in Autism related training courses


Experience

Essential

  • At least 6 months' experience working with Autistic people - either children or adults
  • Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary Team
  • Experience working as an Assistant Psychologist


Desirable

  • Experience of screening Autism referrals
  • Experience of conducting psychological/cognitive assessments
  • Experience of working with voluntary organisations
  • Experience working in a culturally diverse service/area
  • Experience of delivering workshops and/or training to service users and professionals
  • Experience of conducting service related research and/or Data Collection / Monitoring


Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of Autism Specific Screening Tools
  • An understanding of how to adapt communication and co-ordinate support for people with Autism
  • Knowledge of the broader social/educational and health issues that impact Autistic people
  • Awareness of diversity of cultural norms and being able to respond to this appropriately


Desirable

  • Knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group
  • Knowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the client group


Skills and Attributes

Essential

  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills
  • Demonstrate analytical, reflection and problem solving skills
  • Able to respond adaptably to rapidly changing service demands
  • Use IT packages - word processing, e-mail and internet, SPSS, Excel and Access Interpersonal skills such as observation, listening and empathy
  • Ability to communicate complex, sensitive and potentially contentious information to service users in a way that addresses psychological resistance and the propensity of the service users towards hostile reactions.
  • To know when to raise a safeguarding concern and when it is necessary to seek immediate clinical supervision
  • Able to function in potentially traumatic circumstances and in highly emotionally distressing circumstances on a frequent basis (e.g. in dealing with service users with serious mental illness, histories of homicide and serious violence, self-harm, sexual abuse).
  • Ability to communicate complex, sensitive and potentially contentious information to service users in a way that addresses psychological resistance and the propensity of the service users towards hostile reactions


Desirable

  • Lived experience of Autism or Neurodevelopmental Conditions
  • Ability to work cross-culturally and/or in different languages


Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust

Address

St Bernards

Southall

UB1 3HW

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