Assistant Psychologist Jobs London

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Assistant Psychologist

 Job Description

Main Responsibilities

  • To support psychologists in the assessment of male patients within HMP Woodhill. This may include using self-report measures, risk assessment, rating scales, direct and indirect observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care. Assessments will involve making judgements involving complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options, as well as requiring prolonged concentration.
  • To work in a highly emotive atmosphere with clients with offending histories and / or mental health problems on a regular basis, and be able to communicate sensitive and complex information, whilst maintaining a high degree of professionalism at all times.
  • To attend and contribute to multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • To support psychologists in preparing for and conducting psychological interventions, both group and individual. To co-facilitate groups with both psychology and non-psychology colleagues when appropriate.
  • To work closely with senior colleagues to ensure information in relation to risk is collected and communicated sensitively and comprehensively.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping, including electronic data entry and recording.
  • To attend and contribute to other prison meetings, and to present the view of Mental Health Team for relevant clinical issues. To ensure any actions taken from these meetings are met or that the appropriate individual to carry out the action is informed.
  • To ensure that efficient pathways of care are being created for the clients, including collecting collateral information for new clients and making appropriate referrals into the community when they are approaching discharge.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific patient group and mental health.
  • To ensure that all aspects of professional activity (e.g. communication with patients, relatives, colleagues as well as in the assessment, development/delivery of interventions) issues of diversity such as race, culture, identity, gender and sexuality are sensitively considered and incorporated to reflect individual differences appropriately.

Research and Clinical Governance

  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work.
  • To assist in the design and implementation of audit and research projects on a regular basis in order to help develop and improve service provision. This may include complex audits / service evaluation using qualitative or quantitative methods.
  • To undertake production of questionnaires, data collection, setting up of databases and spreadsheets, data analysis, and the production of reports and presentation of summaries to colleagues using IT and statistical programmes, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and SPSS.
  • To undertake searches of evidence-based literature and research using the internet and online databases to assist qualified clinical psychologists in evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other multi-disciplinary team members.
  • To carry-out practice-based research using validated questionnaires, reflective scientist-practitioner skills, etc, as routine.

Teaching, Training and Supervision

  • In common with all psychologists, to receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with professional practice guidelines.
  • To gain wider experience of professional psychology within the NHS as agreed with the psychologist to whom they are accountable.
  • To develop skills and competencies that assist in the delivery of current duties
  • To contribute to the training and support of other staff in psychological care.

Management, Recruitment and Service Development

  • To assist in the design and implementation of service development projects within the service as required.
  • To attend meetings in which service developments are planned and discussed.

IT Responsibilities

  • To input and maintain, appropriate computer and manual clinical records and statistical data and provide this to the Service Manager/Head of Speciality when necessary.
  • To engage in relevant computer and IT training as required.
  • To assist in the development, design and implementation of relevant IT projects.
  • To utilise computer software to develop or create documents, statistics and graphs for the purpose of presentations.

Person specificationTraining & QualificationsEssential criteria

  • Achieved or working towards an upper second class honours degree or higher in psychology
  • Achieved or working towards entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society

Desirable criteria

  • Further training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis

Experience Essential criteria

  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or offending behaviour problems and/or other disabilities

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of paid work in direct care provision
  • Experience of working in prisons or secure settings
  • Experience of co-facilitating psychosocial groups
  • Experience of working within a team

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