The SLaM Psychology in Hostels (PIH) Service is an innovative multi award-winning specialist homeless psychology service. For 12 years PIH has led in the development of 'Psychologically Informed Environments' (PIEs) delivering 'Trauma Informed Approaches' and developing best practice for working with excluded and multiply disadvantaged populations across Lambeth and Westminster in partnership with third sector.
The client population have high levels of traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopment difficulties, on a background of complex trauma, interpersonal difficulties, substance misuse and risk-taking behaviour. This complex combination of needs leads to multiple social exclusion and barriers accessing mainstream services.This exciting role will have the opportunity to both support the development of pioneering MDT homeless neuropsychology work as well work with the wider PIH team to deliver PIEs. A PIE is any service that integrates a psychologically and trauma-informed approaches into its model (incl. Staff training and support, psychological assessment and treatment). PIH PIE model adopts an Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) approaches as well as other evidence-based approaches for working with complex needs groups (Incl. DBT, CBT, Psychodynamic, Systemic). Here we aim to facilitate recovery by improving MH and wellbeing, reduce substance use, increasing engagement, reduce repeated evictions and other negative outcomes for the clients.
Main duties of the job
This role will be based in Westminster Rough Sleeping Accommodation Pathway as part of a new MDT homeless neuropsychology pilot that aims to supporting clients, other PIH psychologists and our third sector housing partners in their work.
The post holder will:
- Be a qualified neuropsychologist or have notable neuropsychology experience and interest in further development
- Work closely with housing partners and other psychologists to develop PIE approaches.
- Support and train third sector partners and the wider network.
- Offer individual and group clinical work to clients.
- Support the assessment (incl. neuropsychological) and onwards referral to mainstream services.
- Develop and promote new ways of working across pathways from the emerging evidence-base.
This Westminster role will sit within a wider Psychology in Hostels team based across Westminster and Lambeth, which includes: Clinical Lead, a Principal grade Clinical Psychologist, four Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologists, eight Specialist Clinical Psychologists, an Art Therapist and several Trainee Clinical Psychologists. As well as this role currently being recruited to, the homeless neuro. pilot will have a dedicated PIH pilot MDT comprised of a specialist psychologist, Occupational Therapist and neuro-GP. This post will be supervised by one of the senior Psychologist in the team, receive specialist neuropsychology supervision and will be supported by SLaM operational and management structures.
This post will be based across third sector run accommodation sites within the borough of Westminster and has a team admin base at Lambeth Hospital close to Clapham North underground station.
Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). We also provide services and operate across other locations, such as London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth. Benefits
We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package, feel valued and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance.
Some of our benefits include:
- Generous pay, pensions and leavepackages dependent on the role and length of service.
- Work life balance,flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
- Career developmentwith plenty CPD opportunities such as mentoring, coaching, collective leadership and other talent programmes.
- Accommodation,our staff benefit fromkeyworker housing at selected sites.
- NHS discountsvia theHealth Service Discounts website.
Other benefits include:
- Counselling services
- Wellbeing events
- Long service awards
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season ticket loan
- Childcare vouchers
- Staff restaurants
Job description Job responsibilities
To provide a specialist psychology service to adult clients resident in homeless hostels including specialist assessment, neuropsychological assessment, psychological therapy, trauma specific interventions, neurorehabilitation, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes. Key Responsibilities: Clinical
Teaching, training, and supervision
- To provide a high level of clinical expertise in supporting the psychological needs of clients.
- To provide highly specialist neuropsychological assessments, formulations and interventions.
- To ensure services are fair and equitable and meet the needs of the diverse populations we support.
Management, recruitment, policy and service development
- To provide specialist training in psychological and trauma-informed approaches to care for other professionals.
- To provide clinical supervision for psychological work undertaken by qualified psychologists and others.
Research and service evaluation
- To work with the PIH leads to develop neuropsychology care pathways
- To contribute to the development of services through undertaking service evaluation and audit.
- To ensure own Continuing Professional Development
- To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of key legislation
A full Job Description and Person Specification is attached to the advert.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Entry-level qualification in applied psychological therapy/mental health/social welfare profession and extensive demonstrable practice in this field (e.g. professional Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology or other relevant professional doctorate or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level/ supervised practice/ additional training) that has been accepted for the purposes of professional registration.
- Registered with professional body as appropriate to discipline HCPC/APC/ BPC/UKCP/BACP/ BABCP/ADMP-UK.
- Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent) OR a combination of specialist short courses and/an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by a registered body and/or an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher.
- Additional training in relevant specialist psychological models (Psychodynamic, MBT, DBT, CAT, Systemic, Narrative).
- Post-Doctoral level training in Clinical Neuropsychology as recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) or eligible for the BPS Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists.
- Experience of post qualification highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in relevant speciality and/or client group e.g. Addictions/homelessness/complex trauma/psychosis/personality disorder/ mood disorder.
- Experience of consulting to, and supervising with other staff (incl. psychologists, MDT professionals and third/housing sector workers).
- Experience of working within a specialist or applied neuropsychology related context.
- Experience of working with homeless people
- Experience of working with Psychosis or people experiencing unusual experiences
- Experience of work with substance misuse.
- Experience of specialist work with trauma and complex trauma
- Experience of undertaking cognitive rehabilitation
Skills & Abilities Essential
- Specialist practitioner skills at level 3 in at least one or more models of relevant psychological therapy (MBT, CBT/DBT, psychodynamic).
- Highly developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, highly technical and sensitive
- Skills in operational and project development and leadership
- Record of and conference presentations and publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books
- Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
- Evidence of post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and/or HPCP.
- Highly specialist and transferable psychological skills and knowledge relevant to work with homelessness, complex trauma, personality disorder and addiction
- Specialist knowledge relevant to work in outreach, supported housing and homelessness
- Knowledge of 'Psychologically Informed Environments' and 'Trauma informed Care'
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