Assistant Psychologist Paediatrics

Employer
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Taunton
Salary
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Profession
Psychologist
Service
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Grade
Band 5
Hours
Full Time
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This is a newly developed post for the paediatric psychology service and the new weight management service for pre-school children in Somerset. This post will work under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologist within a broader paediatric psychology team with clinical work supporting various specialties within paediatrics and working in the weight management service supporting group intervention work.

Main duties of the job

The post will include clinical and clinical-admin duties. These could include
  • Working closely with qualified Clinical Psychologists to setting up the clinical pathways
  • Undertaking appropriate clinical work under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologists.
  • Ad-hoc assessments alongside the clinical psychologists observing young people at home/school, structured information gathering from young people/parents/schools including developmental histories using services proformas.
  • Active participation in multidisciplinary case discussion and formulation meetings.
  • Being the second professional at psychologically informed groups for families as part of a weight management program.
  • Involvement in development of policies and project work
  • Data gathering for audit and research purposes link.

This is a new post and has therefore been advertised as a 12 month-fixed term in the first instance. Should the role by successful, there is the possibility of extending beyond this if desired.

About us

The paediatric psychology team are currently developing and recruiting.
  • The paediatric psychology team is a small team made up of Clinical psychologist that work closely with the Children's Community Nursing team and Community Paediatricians.

The post holder would have clinical supervision through the Clinical Psychologists in the paediatric psychology service. The Trust has excellent working relationships with Exeter University doctoral training programme and there will be opportunities for professional networking with other assistant psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists, psychologists and psychology networks both within the Trust and nationally, and continuous professional development.

Job description Job responsibilities

Communication and Key Working Relationships

To communicate effectively with a wide range of colleagues across the Trust

To develop and maintain relationships with clinical and administrative colleagues working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

To effectively communicate psychological information with other professions and agencies.

To contribute to the writing of clients reports, written from a strengths-based and formulation driven perspective

Key communication relationships include:

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Community Nursing Team

Weight Management team

Yeovil District Hospital Paediatrics Department

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust Community Paediatrics Department

Somerset CAMHS

Planning and Organisation

To prioritise own workload in order to achieve goals agreed and reviewed at intervals with the Clinical Psychologist.

To effectively use clinical supervision to reflect on, plan and evaluate clinical work.

Analytics

Assist in the design and implementation of service development projects within the service as required.

Undertake data collection, analysis, the production of reports and summaries, using IT and statistical programmes.

Undertake searches of evidence-based literature and research to assist qualified clinical psychologists in evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

Responsibility for Patient / Client Care, Treatment & Therapy

The post will include clinical and clinical-admin duties. These could include;

Being the second professional at psychologically informed groups for families as part of a weight management program.

Working under supervision on paediatric cases.

Active participation in multidisciplinary case discussion and formulation meetings.

Ad-hoc assessments alongside the clinical psychologists observing young people at home/school, structured information gathering from young people/parents/schools including developmental histories using services proformas.

Involvement in development of policies and project work

Data gathering for audit and research purposes.

Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility

To adhere to policies and procedures of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

To maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times.

To attend relevant meetings with a variety of services and agencies.

To attend and contribute to appropriate multi-disciplinary meetings.

To assist Psychologists and team members in the delivery of staff training and support, facilitating the acquisition of psychological skills.

Supporting the collection and analysis of service related data, compiling report as required, and conducting audits.

Designing and conducting service evaluation projects, including service-user feedback.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources

None

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management

To provide informal support to other Assistant Psychologists and Placement Students within the team.

Information Resources & Administrative Duties

To access the electronic patient record system and extract pertinent information in order to assist assessments.

To keep accurate electronic records in accordance with policy.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

The post holder will have a good (First or Upper Second) Honours degree in Psychology; BPS accredited (or a masters alongside a 2ii).

The post holder will be required to use a PC to collect and collate information and to interpret data, to create and deliver presentations, for purposes of communication.

The post holder may be required to use a car/to travel to different locations.

The post holder may also be required to undergo and update specific mandatory and statutory training (e.g. Basic Life Support)

This is a new post that forms part of a developing weight management service and the paediatric psychology service. The duties and responsibilities described here are not exhaustive, and are likely to change as the service evolves.

The ability to independently travel countywide is essential for this role.

Person Specification GBC and at least a 2:1 Essential
  • Achieved
Experience Essential
  • describes the understaning of role
Knowledge of impact of chronic ill health Essential
  • demonstrated


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