Assistant Psychologist

Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing & Hounslow Mind

The closing date is 01 November 2021

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Psychologist with a background in research and experience of working within a children and young people to work within a multi-disciplinary Mental Health Support Team (MHST) to increase and improve emotional and mental health provision within educational settings for 518-year-olds in the West London CCG area.

Main duties of the job

This post will enable the post-holder to develop a wide range of clinical, project coordination and evaluation skills. The position will suit an individual who is self-motivated, an excellent communicator and data competent, with an interest in quality improvement, an understanding of child development and mental health, and a passion to support services for children, young people and their families.

You will also work closely with families, as well as colleagues and partners in the Local Authority, CAMHS, educational settings where interventions are being delivered and other relevant mental health providers.

About us

Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind

Were here to make sure that everyone suffering with a mental health problem gets the help they need to recover.

We listen, support recovery, fight stigma and work with partners to take action.

We provide services for adults, children and young people, signposting for everyone and training and consultancy for employers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • To assist in the design and implementation of audit and research projects.
  • To undertake data collection, analysis, the production of reports and summaries, using IT and statistical programs.
  • Routinely measure clinical outcomes, in line with the CYP-IAPT program.
  • Maintain comprehensive records of all training and clinical activity in line with both health and education service protocols and use these records and outcome data to inform decision-making.
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection and report clinical outcomes and service access data into the digital patient record system, CYP IAPTUS.
  • To assist in the formulation and delivery low-intensity psychological treatments based on evidence-based literature and research to support best practice in clinical work. Interventions may include guided self-help, and treatment might be individual or in psychoeducational groups. This work includes delivery face to face, virtual and telephone.
  • Signpost referrals for children and young people with more complex needs to the relevant service.
  • To receive regular line management for all clinical and non-clinical work related to the service, balancing the needs of both clinical and non-clinical work, administration, data entry and CPD.
  • Engage in robust managerial and clinical supervision, identifying the scope of practice of the individual post-holder within the role, and working safely within that scope.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings relating to referrals or children and young people in treatment, where appropriate, both for personal educational benefit in discussion with supervisors, and to provide direct assistance.
  • Work in collaboration with school staff, parents, children, young people, and the wider community to enhance and broaden access to mental health services.

Evaluation

  • To support the work of the Business support Administrator and Head of Youth Services on the analysis of MHSTs data, both for routine reporting and for the purposes of service evaluation, research, and service improvement.
  • To work with Team Leads and head of service to implement the evaluation framework to support exploring the feasibility and impact of non-clinical and clinical delivery.
  • To work with the Business Support Administrator, Team Leads and senior clinicians to acquire the necessary statistical and research skills to assist in the analysis and modelling of large-scale data sets

Communications

  • To work closely with the HFEH MINDs staff leading on communications and engagement to support the drafting and editing of clinically robust and evidence-based content, such as best practice tips, booklets, case studies, videos, pod casts and training materials for MHST.
  • To support the development of accessible and user-friendly content and resources for parents/carers accessing our website and online digital platform (MY-MIND TV).
  • Support Whole School Approach Staff Wellbeing advisor and Service user participation lead to develop surveys and other ways of collecting information about the interests of school staff children and young people, parents/carers and service users, to inform content development and service delivery.

General

  • To maintain an awareness of and actively follow and promote HFEH MINDs policies, including Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Information Governance.
  • The welfare of the children, young people and vulnerable adults who come into contact with our services either directly or indirectly is paramount and all staff have a responsibility to ensure that best practice is followed, including compliance with statutory requirements.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the post holder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the manager.
  • This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder

Person Specification

General

Essential

  • A valuing of and commitment to tackling discrimination
  • A valuing of and commitment to holding clients at the centre of all practice
  • Commitment to supporting the development, mental health and wellbeing of very children, young people and their parents/carers
  • Comfortable communicating and working with children, young people and their parents/carers
  • Enthusiasm and motivation
  • Commitment to all HFEH MIND, particularly equal opportunity and the ability to work harmoniously with colleagues and families of all cultures and backgrounds
  • Commitment to developing the work of HFEH MIND.
  • Advanced IT skills particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Ability to manage own workload and prioritise conflicting deadlines with little supervision
  • Proactive approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills.

Skills

Essential

  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to distil complex issues in clear language for a wide range of audiences
  • Commitment to working innovatively and always seeking to evaluate and improve all areas of practice
  • Ability to work productively as part of a team
  • An authentic regard of clients experience and knowledge as equally valuable as that of clinicians/practitioners
  • Attention to detail
  • Data literate
  • Ability to keep accurate notes and records
  • Ability to prioritise and work on a number of tasks in parallel
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Excellent problem-solver
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to convey ideas clearly
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences

Qualifications

Essential

  • An undergraduate Psychology degree (or equivalent) that confers British Psychological Societys Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC).

Desirable

  • Masters and/or post-graduate degree
  • Experience using IAPTUS CYP patient record system

Experience

Essential

  • Understanding of the impact of social inequalities and how this relates to mental health
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the key social economic and systemic factors that contribute to poor mental health of children, young people, and parents / careers from Black, Asian and other Ethic Minority groups
  • Understanding of the importance of maintaining confidentiality
  • Experience of literature reviews, data collection and analysis
  • Knowledge of mental health and/or social care services

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing & Hounslow Mind

Address

309 Lillie Road

Fulham

London

SW6 7LL


Employer's website

https://www.hfmind.org.uk/

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Date posted

15 September 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 4

Salary

£26,447 to £28,780 a year

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

12 months

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

B0110-21-1456

Job locations

309 Lillie Road

Fulham

London

SW6 7LL


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