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Assistant Clinical Psychologist

Employer
West London NHS Trust
Location
Ealing
Salary
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Profession
Psychologist
Grade
Band 5
Hours
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic Assistant Psychologist to help run our All age Autism Diagnostic Hub alongside a Speech and Language Therapist and an Expert by experience.

The candidate will conduct psychology and autism assessments alongside the qualified psychology manager or the speech and language therapist.

The candidate will support the expert by experience to contact and provide services, groups and information drops to relevant people and families.

This job is initially a 6 month fixed term contract.

Main duties of the job

  • To work alongside the speech and language therapist and the expert by experience in the hub environment to screen referrals respond to referrers collect further information and enter information into systems.
  • To support around psychological assessments and autism related assessments as appropriate.
  • To make contact and work alongside families to support the dissemination of information.
  • To support in group sessions around teaching training and consultation for people and families with autism.
  • To support the screening of referrals in a timely manner and assist the speech and language therapist in information gathering and onward referrals across the adult and children pathways.


About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

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.

Our team puts people with learning disabilities at the centre of our thinking. We have a strong systemic and narrative therapy emphasis.

We are dedicated to co-producing psychological initiatives and interventions alongside people with learning disabilities and their families.

Our psychological therapies team offers specialist music therapy, art therapy, positive behaviour support, family therapy and group therapies to our clients.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical
  • To work alongside the speech and language therapist and the expert by experience in the hub environment to screen referrals respond to referrers collect further information and enter information into systems
  • To support around psychological assessments and autism related assessments as appropriate
  • To make contact and work alongside families to support the dissemination of information
  • To support in group sessions around teaching training and consultation for people and families with autism
  • To support the screening of referrals in a timely manner and assist the speech and language therapist in information gathering and onward referrals across the adult and children pathways.
  • To report areas of concern to a more senior member of the inpatient team as soon as possible to co-ordinate a response that maintains safety for staff and patients.
  • To attend and contribute to appropriate multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • To be responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care; and maintaining associated records
  • To participate in regular departmental case reviews and teaching sessions
  • To provide a perspective informed by a review of documentation and verbal handovers at multidisciplinary team reviews and care planning meetings
  • Maintain meaningful and accurate patient records on a day to day basis, inputting data into Trust/health system electronic record systems which include Electronic Patient Record Systems, Electronic Staff Record systems (e.g. Appraisal and supervision records) and other Assurance systems such as Incident recording
  • Use information technology in line with Trust and NHS information governance requirements, and maintain up to date knowledge of systems and governance requirements.


  • Teaching, Training and Supervision
  • To receive regular line management supervision
  • To engage in clinical supervision around psychological practice and attend reflective practice and clinical skills development sessions
  • To gain wider experience of professional psychology within the NHS as agreed with the psychologist to whom they are accountable
  • To develop skills and competencies that assist in meeting the key targets of the role
  • To report to manager concerns about areas of training need.
  • To contribute to and co-ordinate to teaching and training materials around psychological techniques and autism
  • To participate in continual professional development as directed including attending training courses, conferences and workshops as directed


  • Research/ Evaluation/ Audit
  • Collate and report on information across the autism pathway using information systems to a high standard
  • To contribute to audit/research/QI within the Trust using qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Use skills in undertaking research, audit and evaluation analyse and interpret complex data, identifying trends and opportunities for improvement.


  • 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
    • Attendance at specialist short courses relevant to the post (e.g. Positive Behaviour Support, Autism, Trauma Informed Care, Group Approaches)
    • PBS training
    Experience Essential
    • At least 6 months' experience working in a role providing support for people with autism - either children or adults
    • Experience of working in a multi-cultural service
    Desirable
    • Work with voluntary organisations
    • Work with interpreters
    • Experience as an assistant psychologist
    • Lived experience of autism or mental health difficulties and/or previous participation in personal therapy.
    • Conducting service-related research


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