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Assistant Psychologist - Brighton & Hove Clinic

Assistant Psychologist - Brighton & Hove Clinic

Posted 26 April by Elysium Healthcare

Role – Assistant Psychologist 

Location - Brighton, East Sussex 

Salary – £20,000 - £22,000 dependant on experience

Hours – 37.5, Full-Time 

Our Assistant Psychologist role involves:

Brighton and Hove is a specialist eating disorder unit for children and adolescents.  It is a Tier 4 service for severe and complex eating disorders that have not responded well to community treatment approaches.  Brighton and Hove receives referrals from NHS CAMHS Tier 3 and Tier 4 Services.

Brighton and Hove provides highly specialist multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with an eating disorder where behavioural, psychological or emotional problems may have resulted in a severely restricted dietary intake. Our patients present with a variety of psychological difficulties including anorexia nervosa, depression, self-harm, and anxiety disorders. Interventions include individual therapy, systemic family therapy, therapeutic groups, meal support sessions and a parent support group.

The post holder will be required to contribute to a clinical psychology service within the multidisciplinary eating disorder team and to contribute to the provision of a comprehensive high quality clinical psychology service across the unit. As an assistant psychologist you will assist in the development and facilitation of therapy groups, contribute to the psychological assessment of patients and the development of meaningful of clinical formulations. The post will also include clinically related research and development, as well as clinical audit and evaluation.

With a strong emphasis on teamwork, you’ll receive support from a regional network of healthcare professionals and enjoy access to a variety of training courses to support you reach your career goals. The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team and unit’s policies and procedures.

Key Responsibilities

  • To assist in the development, delivery and evaluation of group interventions (e.g. cognitive-behavioural therapy groups and any other relevant groups)
  • To offer patient key work sessions to support implementation of therapeutic strategies guided by individual psychological formulation and the therapeutic intervention and approach of qualified clinical psychologist
  • To administer, score and input QNIC Routine Outcome Measures on patient admission, mid-way through admission and discharge.
  • To attend multidisciplinary meetings and provide summaries of assessment measures to inform individualised formulations and guide evidence based interventions
  • To complete, under supervision, the data collection and audit related to care and treatment aspects of CYPIAPT CQUIN
  • To contribute to data collection related to audit and KPI quarterly reporting procedures
  • To attend weekly supervision with supervising Clinical Psychologist
  • To comply with the Company Appraisal system and attend an appraisal every year.
  • To ensure updated mandatory training requirements are met.
  • To maintain standards of infection control within the (ward, theatre, etc.) area and during clinical care and to assist patients to maintain their own infection control needs.

This list of key responsibilities is not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as reasonably required.

To be successful in this role, you'll need

  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental health problems or other disabilities. 
  • An ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a mental health context.
  • An understanding of psychology applied to health care.
  • Theoretical knowledge of Eating Disorders
  • Knowledge of statistical methods including SPSS.
  • Work with people with mental health problems and/or other disabilities.
  • High-level communication skills 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
  • Ability to work independently, reliably, and consistently with work agreed and managed at regular intervals.<span sty
  • Reference: 42558527

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