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Assistant Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with experience, passion and flexibility to join our specialist forensic adolescent inpatient service. The post contains a range of duties which include a combination of direct clinical work and work with staff teams through teaching, consultation and supervision. Part of the role will be to promote the Bluebird House Psychological Model of Care, enhancing psychologically informed nurse led approaches. You will be part of the Psychological Therapies Team which includes Family Therapists, Psychologists and Art Therapist.

Bluebird House is the first purpose built secure psychiatric hospital for young people in the country. The unit provides a Secure Forensic Mental Health Service for young people aged 12 to 18. The unit consists of a separate but linked Learning and Therapies Centre, a fully equipped gymnasium and fitness suite, several outdoor areas, a relaxation room and a multi-faith room. The unit specialises in the assessment and treatment of young people within a secure environment. Typical presenting mental health difficulties of young people admitted to the unit may include mental illnesses (e.g. psychosis, affective disorders), developmental disorders including autistic spectrum disorders, complex post-traumatic presentations, affective and emotional instabilities, attachment disorders, and emerging personality disorders. It is a very dynamic and ever-changing environment.

Applications may be closed once we have sufficient numbers.

Main duties of the job

The principal purpose of the role is to improve the psychological health & wellbeing of people with mental health difficulties within Secure Services. This will be achieved in this post by:

Providing a Psychology and Psychological Therapies service to individuals

Implement specific assessment clinical care and psychological interventions and provide advice and consultancy to patients, family members, carers and professionals under close supervision and management of a qualified senior psychologist.

The post holder will be supported by senior colleagues. The post holder will be expected to make good use of the expertise of others within the service to further develop their clinical skills with this client group.

To work independently within a defined managed and occupational context. To work within professional guidelines and Trust procedures and protocols.

The post holder will receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance to Trust policy and to Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the British Psychological Society or appropriate designated Professional Body.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner with patients who may have specific difficulties in understanding and/or communicating and who may be hostile, antagonistic or highly emotionally disturbed.

To work closely with colleagues in the multi-professional integrated mental health and wellbeing service on a day to day basis.

To communicate with a wide range of health & social care staff in hospital and in community settings in a skilled and sensitive manner, complex and sensitive information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients under the service's care. To provide support & guidance in the application of psychological principles and techniques and to foster reflective practice.

To maintain and build good working relationships with senior professional staff and managers within the Trust.

To plan and prioritise own workload, balancing the demands of patient care, support and guidance of carers and professionals, service research and development activities.

To provide psychology knowledge to the multi-professional planning, development and marketing of mental health and wellbeing services

To make assessments, and deliver treatment plans within a supervised context for individuals, carers, families and groups. To demonstrate awareness of diversity issues.

To provide advice, guidance and consultation on psychological aspects of patient care to colleagues, other service providers, patients, supporters and families.

The post holder is responsible for their own professional actions, acting within Trust policies and procedures and Professional Practice Guidelines, working within clearly defined occupational procedures.

To follow policy guidance in own role and to comment on proposed policy changes and service developments.

To undertake service-relevant research and development activity agreed within the psychology service. To organise personal or service led research and development activities, as required.

To assist the work of less experienced assistants and/or trainees as required.

To maintain accurate records

To be responsible for using an email account to generate, monitor, and respond to the e-mail traffic by which the Trust conducts much of its internal communication.

To ensure all clinical care and treatment provided by psychologists is carried out under appropriate supervision and leadership.

To ensure that all psychologists continuously update the skills and techniques relevant to their clinical work.

To tolerate and manage verbal abuse and occasional physical aggression. There is a mandatory requirement for PRISS training.

Careful use of equipment

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BA or BSc in either Psychology or modular studies or related fields.
  • BA or BSc in Psychology, recognised by the British Psychological Society.
Experience Essential
  • Post Graduate Clinical placement and/or supervised practise in mental health and / or Forensic services as an assistant psychologist, research assistant or equivalent.
  • Experience gained during supervised training of working in forensic care and/or with adolescents
  • Further training in clinical setting forensic services.
  • Some further training in one or more psychological therapy.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across a wide range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision

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