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Assistant Psychologist (Higher Level)

Employer
South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£35,016 to £39,521 a year per annum Incl. HCAs pro rata
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Profession
Psychologist
Service
Adult
Grade
Band 5
Hours
Part Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a psychology graduate who is committed to improving equity of access to psychological therapies for service users under-represented across community psychosis services in Southwark specifically, and the Trust more broadly. This 12-month post, which is funded by the Maudsley Charity, is part of a wider body of work aimed at improving the services we provide for Black service users. We are particularly inviting applications from candidates from a minoritised racial background.

The postholder will support the programme being led by a principal practitioner psychologist/psychotherapist and consultant clinical psychologist, which will include the refinement and/or transformation of the current psychological therapy pathway within the Community Mental Health Teams to better meet the needs of Black service users that have experience of psychosis. They will support the development of the psychological therapy psychosis team in developing its anti-racist practice and improving in cultural humility, which is a journey that the team has paid particular attention to over the last two years. The postholder will be responsible for data collection and simple/complex data analysis and reporting related to the project. They will also provide psychologically-informed input in a creative manner that better meets the needs of Black service users within the CMHT.

Main duties of the job

The aim of the programme of work is to ensure that we are offering psychological therapy services that resonate with the communities we serve.

They will:
  • Assist practitioner psychologists and/or psychotherapists in the delivery of a specialist applied psychology service underpinned by cultural sensitivity, anti-racism and trauma-informed care within the Southwark Community Psychosis Services.
  • Provide clinical input to service user groups under-represented within the psychological therapy service, particularly Black people, under the clinical and professional supervision of a practitioner psychologist and/or psychotherapist.
  • Support the lead psychological therapist of this project in the development of services to improve access for service users under-represented in psychological therapy services, specifically Black services users under the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs).
  • Support the lead psychological therapist of this project in the investigation of how models of psychological treatment and modes of delivery can be utilised, adapted or transformed to increase access for racially minoritised service users, particularly Black service users.
  • Assist in clinically related administration, data collection and analysis, audit, service evaluation and/or research projects, literature searches, policy development, teaching and project work in the service of reducing racial disparities in psychological therapy access within Community Psychosis Services.


About us

The postholder will be supported by a Principal Practitioner Psychologist/Psychotherapist, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist with project management experience and the steering group (including two experts by experience) overseeing this programme of work. They will also be joining a friendly and supportive psychological therapies service that offers excellent opportunities for continuing professional development. We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide direct psychological input for clients under-represented within psychological therapies in the Southwark Community Psychosis Services, particularly Black service users.
  • To contribute to the development of services in order to improve access for service users under-represented in psychological therapy services, specifically Black services users under the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs).
  • To contribute to the investigation of how models of psychological treatment and modes of delivery can be utilised, adapted or transformed to increase access for racially minoritised service users, particularly Black service users.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit, research and policy development related to the project to reduce racial disparities in psychological therapy access within Community Psychosis Services.
  • To contribute to regular progress reports for the Maudsley Charity as the programmes commissioners, Southwark Governance committee and the Trust's Equality and Diversity committee.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe and anti-racist environment.

Please see the full job description for further information.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oA First-class or Upper-second-class Bachelors degree with Honours in Psychology that is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (for degrees obtained overseas, please state eligibility for GBC explicitly within your application). oAn undergraduate degree at 2:2 is accepted if candidate's also have a strong Master's degree in a relevant subject area or where further evidence of academic ability can be provided.
Knowledge Essential
  • Graduate level knowledge of psychological research methodology and statistical analysis.
  • Good theoretical knowledge of the problems experienced by and needs of Black service users within secondary mental health services and of methods of assessment and treatment
  • Good understanding of racism and anti-racism, through lived experience, work experience and/or attendance of relevant training.
Desirable
  • Good understanding of Black Psychology and/or African Centred Psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Sufficient post-graduate experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs related to psychosis; to be able to work clinically without direct supervision.
  • Post-graduate experience of conducting research projects, service evaluations and/or audits.
  • Experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, race and racism within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and/or lived experience.
Desirable
  • Personal, lived experience of racism, mental health problems, or of caring for someone with experience of mental health problems.
  • Experience of contributing to anti-racism projects or initiatives within clinical services.
  • Record of publications in either peer reviewed, academic, professional journals/books and/or podcasts.
Skills Essential
  • Skills in relevant psychological assessment and interventions that enable working independently as a pre-qualified practitioner with clinical supervision.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, sensitive or contentious information to clients, families and colleagues.
  • Consultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups within own service.
  • Skills in co-facilitating and/or supporting teaching and training to other professional groups.
  • Excellent IT skills, including entry and analysis of research data.
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour.
  • Ability to communicate complex, sensitive or contentious information to people who may be aroused, or hostile to the information, or have severe impediments to understanding.


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