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Assistant Psychologist

Employer
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Oldham
Salary
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Profession
Psychologist
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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This is an exciting time to come and work for Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust as we have received investment from the Living Well transformation model for Older People's Services in Oldham. We are delighted to be able to offer three new clinical posts as part of the development of Older Peoples Liaison Mental Health Services. The new funding will create the following permanent full-time posts:

o Band 8b Principal Clinical Psychologist

o Band 6 Occupational Therapist

o Band 5 Assistant Psychologist

You will be part of an already established and extremely experienced team and contribute to the development of a dynamic service which will offer a range of specialist interventions to older people presenting with mental health problems. The team is closely linked with Older Adult Services in both Primary Care and Specialist services across local authority and the NHS.

We are looking for experienced, enthusiastic and caring practitioners who are passionate about improving mental health outcomes Older People. This is a great opportunity to be involved in the forefront of shaping the service and offers the successful candidates the opportunity to work in a supportive service with opportunities for development, with CPD, training and supervision.

Main duties of the job

To assist in the delivery of psychologically minded work in the Older People's PCN.The post holder will work under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologistand will be based with the team working independently under their direction.o The post holder will be expected to concentrate for long periods of time in theperformance of assessments as well as writing up the results.o The post will be involved in the delivery of psychological interventions, supportingthe recommendations identified within clinical formulations drawn up for client, andthe sharing of psychological thinking, skills and knowledge with the wider MDT.o The post holder may be required to work with clients who are highly distressed oranxious and will experience sensitive situations on a weekly basis. To support andenhance the professional psychological care of older people within the PrimaryCare Network Service. Providing psychological assessment including completinga range of psychological measures.o Working independently to a plan agreed with a qualified Clinical Psychologist, fromprimary to community care pathways.o To work independently to the agreed operational objectives that are set andremotely assessed at agreed intervals by the Line Manager.o To assist in clinically related administration, conduct of audits and projects,collection of statistics, development of audit and/or research projects, teaching andproject work.

About us

This is an exciting time to come and work for Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust as we have received investment from the Living Well transformation model for Older People's Services in Oldham. We are delighted to be able to offer three new clinical posts as part of the development of Older Peoples Liaison Mental Health Services. The new funding will create the following permanent full-time posts:

o Band 8b Principal Clinical Psychologist

o Band 6 Occupational Therapist

o Band 5 Assistant Psychologist

You will be part of an already established and extremely experienced team and contribute to the development of a dynamic service which will offer a range of specialist interventions to older people presenting with mental health problems. The team is closely linked with Older Adult Services in both Primary Care and Specialist services across local authority and the NHS.

We are looking for experienced, enthusiastic and caring practitioners who are passionate about improving mental health outcomes Older People. This is a great opportunity to be involved in the forefront of shaping the service and offers the successful candidates the opportunity to work in a supportive service with opportunities for development, with CPD, training and supervision.

Job description Job responsibilities

To undertake protocol based psychological assessments of older people, applying psychometric and neuropsychological assessments, self-report measures, direct and indirect structured observations, and semi-structured interviews. To assist in the formulation and delivery of therapeutic interventions involving the treatment or management of a clients problems under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologist as outlined in the clients care plan. To assist in the co-ordination and running of therapeutic and wellbeing groups. To work with a range of multi-disciplinary staff from the Community under clinical supervision, assess needs and formulate action plans. To assist in the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service across all settings in which care takes place. To assist in the development of service delivery. To attend and contribute to multi-disciplinary meetings, including liaison with MDTs as directed. To participate in clinical audit as directed by the Team Manager. To work within the guidelines for Assistant Psychologists recommended by the British Psychological Societys Division of Clinical Psychology. To receive regular line management and clinical supervision. To participate as a team member of the Psychology Service. To attend relevant team and service meetings.

Person Specification Educational Essential
  • A first or upper second class honours degree in psychology
  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
Desirable
  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and / or research design and analysis
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience working as a Psychology Assistant.
  • Direct contact with people with mental health problems
Desirable
  • Previous experience of working in an acute mental health setting
  • Experience of paid work in a mental health setting
Knowledge Essential
  • High level of communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to patients, carers and colleagues in a way that addresses psychological resistance
  • An understanding of the difficulties of physical and mental co- morbidity
Desirable
  • Knowledge of psychological assessment methods and interventions.


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