Assistant Psychologist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

Assistant Psychologist in Learning Disabilities (Band 4)

Milton Keynes Community Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities

This is a rare opportunity for an enthusiastic and passionate Assistant Psychologist to join the Milton Keynes Community Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities (MK CTALD) working alongside the Consultant Psychologist.

Our highly specialised MDT is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, motivated, and collaborative individual to support the team to deliver the best care for our service users. This may involve engaging in clinical work under the guidance and supervision of the Consultant Psychologist, assisting in administrative tasks, audits, statistics, and research as necessary. There may also be teaching and training opportunities both within the service and to our partner services and families.

Main duties of the job

The primary focus will be to work in conjunction with MDT members to support services users by using evidenced based psychological and behavioural interventions as well as developing and running groups that will support service users, conducting assessments, as well as delivering training and education packages to individual service users, families, and carers.

This work will be completed under the supervision of the team consultant psychologist, the post holder will work independently according to an agreed plan and within the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. The post holder will also assist in clinically related administration, conduct of audits, collection of outcome measures and statistics, development of audit and/or research projects, and project work.

About us

Milton Keynes Community Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities (MK CTALD) is an integrated health and social care provision delivered as a partnership between Milton Keynes City Council (MKCC) and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL). The team provides secondary health services to people in MK that have an intellectual disability and are over the age of eighteen. The clinical MDT includes Psychology, Psychiatry, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Dietetics and Community Nursing.

CNWL NHS Foundation Trust is committed to supervision and the ongoing professional development of all its employees and is keen to enable to post holder to innovate and evolve with the service. The Trust has various Psychology and Assistant Psychologist forums which the post holder would be encouraged to attend.

The post holder will receive clinical supervision from the Consultant Psychologist within the CTALD.

This role will involve some travel.

For further details please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for the post.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Date posted

19 June 2024

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 4

Salary

£25,147 to £27,596 a year p.a (pro rata if P/T)

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

333-D-MK-MH-1164

Job locations

Civic Offices

Saxon Gate East

Milton Keynes

MK9 3EJ


Job description

Job responsibilities

1.To undertake psychological assessments of clients including, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

2. To conduct where necessary more detailed behavioural assessments with regards to an individuals learning disabilities, adaptive and social skills functioning, clinical risks and challenging behaviour.

3. To assist in the formulation and delivery of care plans involving the psychological treatment and/or management of a clients problems, under the supervision of a qualified professional psychologist.

4. To assist in the development, coordination and running of therapeutic groups.

5. To assist in the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings where care takes place.

6. To attend and contribute to appropriate multi-disciplinary meetings.

7. To work in a potentially emotive atmosphere with service users who may be difficult and challenging at times. The post-holder may be subject to verbal aggression in individual sessions and will have to work in this environment whilst always maintaining a high degree of professionalism.

Teaching, training, and supervision: 1. In common with all professional psychologists, to receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with professional practice guidelines.

2. To gain wider experience of professional psychology within the Trust over and above that provided within the principal service area where the post holder is employed.

3. To develop skills and competencies that assist in the delivery of current duties.

4. To contribute to the training and support of other staff in psychological care.

Service development and evaluation: 1. To assist in the design and implementation of service development/evaluation projects within the service as required. 2. To attend meetings in which service developments/evaluation are planned and discussed. 3. To undertake data collection and, under the direct supervision of a qualified professional psychologist, the analysis and production of reports and summaries, using IT and statistical programmes. IT responsibilities:

1. The post holder will input and maintain, appropriate computer and manual clinical records and statistical data and provide this to the supervising Psychologist when necessary.

2. The post holder will engage in relevant computer and IT training as required.

3. To assist, under the direct supervision of a qualified professional psychologist, in the development, design and implementation of relevant IT projects.

General:

  1. To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and team/operational manager(s).
  2. To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.
  3. To prepare assessment materials and visual aids as required.
  4. To undertake specific administrative duties as required.
  5. To perform other duties of a similar kind appropriate to the grade, which may be required from time to time by the supervising Psychologist.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1.To undertake psychological assessments of clients including, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

2. To conduct where necessary more detailed behavioural assessments with regards to an individuals learning disabilities, adaptive and social skills functioning, clinical risks and challenging behaviour.

3. To assist in the formulation and delivery of care plans involving the psychological treatment and/or management of a clients problems, under the supervision of a qualified professional psychologist.

4. To assist in the development, coordination and running of therapeutic groups.

5. To assist in the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings where care takes place.

6. To attend and contribute to appropriate multi-disciplinary meetings.

7. To work in a potentially emotive atmosphere with service users who may be difficult and challenging at times. The post-holder may be subject to verbal aggression in individual sessions and will have to work in this environment whilst always maintaining a high degree of professionalism.

Teaching, training, and supervision: 1. In common with all professional psychologists, to receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with professional practice guidelines.

2. To gain wider experience of professional psychology within the Trust over and above that provided within the principal service area where the post holder is employed.

3. To develop skills and competencies that assist in the delivery of current duties.

4. To contribute to the training and support of other staff in psychological care.

Service development and evaluation: 1. To assist in the design and implementation of service development/evaluation projects within the service as required. 2. To attend meetings in which service developments/evaluation are planned and discussed. 3. To undertake data collection and, under the direct supervision of a qualified professional psychologist, the analysis and production of reports and summaries, using IT and statistical programmes. IT responsibilities:

1. The post holder will input and maintain, appropriate computer and manual clinical records and statistical data and provide this to the supervising Psychologist when necessary.

2. The post holder will engage in relevant computer and IT training as required.

3. To assist, under the direct supervision of a qualified professional psychologist, in the development, design and implementation of relevant IT projects.

General:

  1. To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and team/operational manager(s).
  2. To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.
  3. To prepare assessment materials and visual aids as required.
  4. To undertake specific administrative duties as required.
  5. To perform other duties of a similar kind appropriate to the grade, which may be required from time to time by the supervising Psychologist.

Person Specification

TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS

Essential

  • An upper second-class honours degree or higher in psychology.

Desirable

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

KNOWLEDGE

Essential

  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with psychological/mental health difficulties and learning disabilities

Desirable

  • An understanding of clinical psychology and its applications

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Essential

  • High level communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work across a number of settings.
Person Specification

TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS

Essential

  • An upper second-class honours degree or higher in psychology.

Desirable

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

KNOWLEDGE

Essential

  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with psychological/mental health difficulties and learning disabilities

Desirable

  • An understanding of clinical psychology and its applications

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Essential

  • High level communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work across a number of settings.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

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From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Civic Offices

Saxon Gate East

Milton Keynes

MK9 3EJ


Employer's website

https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/work (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Civic Offices

Saxon Gate East

Milton Keynes

MK9 3EJ


Employer's website

https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/work (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Consultant Psychologist

Krista Jansen

krista.jansen@milton-keynes.gov.uk

07483124338

Date posted

19 June 2024

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 4

Salary

£25,147 to £27,596 a year p.a (pro rata if P/T)

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

333-D-MK-MH-1164

Job locations

Civic Offices

Saxon Gate East

Milton Keynes

MK9 3EJ


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