Highly Specialist Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist / Psychotherapist
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
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The SLaM Psychology in Hostels (PIH) Service is an innovative multi award-winning specialist homeless psychology service. For 12 years PIH has led in the development of 'Psychologically Informed Environments' (PIEs) delivering 'Trauma Informed Approaches' and developing best practice for working with excluded and multiply disadvantaged populations across Lambeth and Westminster in partnership with third sector.
The client population have high levels of traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopment difficulties, on a background of complex trauma, interpersonal difficulties, substance misuse and risk-taking behaviour. This complex combination of needs leads to multiple social exclusion and barriers accessing mainstream services.This exciting role will have the opportunity to both support the development of pioneering MDT homeless neuropsychology work as well work with the wider PIH team to deliver PIEs. A PIE is any service that integrates a psychologically and trauma-informed approaches into its model (incl. Staff training and support, psychological assessment and treatment). PIH PIE model adopts an Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) approaches as well as other evidence-based approaches for working with complex needs groups (Incl. DBT, CBT, Psychodynamic, Systemic). Here we aim to facilitate recovery by improving MH and wellbeing, reduce substance use, increasing engagement, reduce repeated evictions and other negative outcomes for the clients.
Main duties of the job
This role will be based in Westminster Rough Sleeping Accommodation Pathway as part of a new MDT homeless neuropsychology pilot that aims to supporting clients, other PIH psychologists and our third sector housing partners in their work.
The post holder will:
- Be a qualified neuropsychologist or have notable neuropsychology experience and interest in further development
- Work closely with housing partners and other psychologists to develop PIE approaches.
- Support and train third sector partners and the wider network.
- Offer individual and group clinical work to clients.
- Support the assessment (incl. neuropsychological) and onwards referral to mainstream services.
- Develop and promote new ways of working across pathways from the emerging evidence-base.
This Westminster role will sit within a wider Psychology in Hostels team based across Westminster and Lambeth, which includes: Clinical Lead, a Principal grade Clinical Psychologist, four Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologists, eight Specialist Clinical Psychologists, an Art Therapist and several Trainee Clinical Psychologists. As well as this role currently being recruited to, the homeless neuro. pilot will have a dedicated PIH pilot MDT comprised of a specialist psychologist, Occupational Therapist and neuro-GP. This post will be supervised by one of the senior Psychologist in the team, receive specialist neuropsychology supervision and will be supported by SLaM operational and management structures.
This post will be based across third sector run accommodation sites within the borough of Westminster and has a team admin base at Lambeth Hospital close to Clapham North underground station.
Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). We also provide services and operate across other locations, such as London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.
We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package, feel valued and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance.
Some of our benefits include:
- Generous pay, pensions and leavepackages dependent on the role and length of service.
- Work life balance,flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
- Career developmentwith plenty CPD opportunities such as mentoring, coaching, collective leadership and other talent programmes.
- Accommodation,our staff benefit fromkeyworker housing at selected sites.
- NHS discountsvia theHealth Service Discounts website.
Other benefits include:
- Counselling services
- Wellbeing events
- Long service awards
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season ticket loan
- Childcare vouchers
- Staff restaurants
To provide a specialist psychology service to adult clients resident in homeless hostels including specialist assessment, neuropsychological assessment, psychological therapy, trauma specific interventions, neurorehabilitation, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
- To provide a high level of clinical expertise in supporting the psychological needs of clients.
- To provide highly specialist neuropsychological assessments, formulations and interventions.
- To ensure services are fair and equitable and meet the needs of the diverse populations we support.
Teaching, training, and supervision
- To provide specialist training in psychological and trauma-informed approaches to care for other professionals.
- To provide clinical supervision for psychological work undertaken by qualified psychologists and others.
Management, recruitment, policy and service development
- To work with the PIH leads to develop neuropsychology care pathways
Research and service evaluation
- To contribute to the development of services through undertaking service evaluation and audit.
- To ensure own Continuing Professional Development
- To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of key legislation
A full Job Description and Person Specification is attached to the advert.
Skills & Abilities
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