My client are looking to recruit an Assistant Psychologist to their Hospital, in Gimingham in North Norfolk. Although the Hospital is a new service, other services in the group have built up a reputation for providing successful clinical outcomes for service users who have acute mental health presentations.
They provide services for people who are in need of:
* Acute services
* Assessment and Treatment under the Mental Health Act
* The management of violence and aggression
* Support and risk management during periods of suicide or self-harm behaviour
* Assessment and treatment following transfer from other services such as prisons, police custody, community services and other acute services.
The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, motivated, committed to personal and professional development and able to engage with people with complex mental health difficulties. They will be working as part of a friendly and dynamic multi-disciplinary team under direct supervision from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
The remit of the team is to work with people presenting with complex mental health difficulties and associated levels of risk. They take a systemic and recovery oriented approach to understanding and working with mental health, incorporating therapeutic approaches such as CBT, ACT and DBT.
They work closely with referring agencies, discharge teams and other relevant community services and place an emphasis on effective communication between all stakeholders through a multi-disciplinary approach.
Their staff all receive continuous professional development.
The successful applicant will:
* Have excellent skills of engagement and assessment, including the use of formal psychometric measures and individualised measures sensitive to change session to session
* Work collaboratively with service users to clarify their values and goals, and to identify and understand any behaviours that are not congruent with their values and goals
* Utilise positive behavioural support approaches to better understand the meaning of any behaviours of concern
* Collaboratively devise action plans to enable the service user to move in a values congruent direction
* Provide low intensity, structured interventions
* Develop and coordinate therapeutic resources within the team
* Support care coordinators in their therapeutic work with clients;
* Co-facilitate workshops and groups;
* Carry out clinical evaluation and audit
* Support with clinical research.
Degree in psychology, or an equivalent qualification, which confers eligibility for graduate basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.
Experience of paid or voluntary work in a clinical, community or clinical-academic setting exposing the person to service user groups and service settings directly relevant to clinical psychology.
Some experience applying psychological theory to a clinical context and / or experience carrying out psychological assessments and drawing up basic psychological formulations and awareness of the importance of evidence based practice.
Effective communication skills, both orally and in written format.
Evidence of potential to communicate complex, technical and clinically sensitive information to individuals with whom clinical psychologists usually work. This includes both psychologists and fellow professionals, as well as individual service users and their relatives/carers.
Evidence of potential for good presentation and teaching skills suited to both formal and informal settings.
Evidence of potential to formulate and articulate sound judgements based on analysis and interpretation of a range of complex information in clinical work, drawing both on clinical observation and on relevant theoretical models.
Evidence of organisational potential which enables planning of own workload in relation both to clinical work (e.g. organise appointments with staff and service user plans and sessions.
Familiarity with computer use which will include email, word-processing, spreadsheets, database programmes, Publisher and PowerPoint.
Evidence of ability to form empathic relations with a wide range of service users in a variety of settings.
Evidence of a capacity to reflect constructively on all aspects of own performance (clinical and professional).