South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
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This is an interim opportunity for band 8b psychologist to get experience with commissioning through the SLP. In particular the successful applicant will be working with Complex Emotional Needs (CEN) service users. Often these are individuals with personality disordered diagnosis who are high intensity users of service. Often these individuals who are stuck on acute wards and have had multiple admission, 136s, and use of crisis services. . Many of them meet the criteria for EUPD and ASD. A good understanding of personality disorder assessment and treatment and ASD assessment is essential. Weekly supervision with be provided by a consultant clinical psychologist.
Main duties of the job
The Complex Emotional Needs (CEN) service users are a subgroup within the SLP population. They are generally high intensity users who have multiple admissions to acute wards, are stuck on acute wards with no clear pathway forward. They are often at high risk for suicide and the various inpatient treating teams do not feel confident that they can be discharged safely. Often these individuals have a personality disorder diagnosis, ASD and other comorbidities.
Within the SLP complex care pathway, there is currently a "Complex Emotional Needs" (CEN) service is being commissioned by the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (SLP) across each of the three trusts. However, until these services are up and running, we need to manage the referrals of CEN service users to the SLP. This is the primary focus of this role.
This post is for experienced and confident clinicians who like to work with complex cases. A central task is to review and evaluate service users who have been referred for long term treatment at private psychiatric hospital in England and Wales. These out of area placements need to be monitored closely and the service user returned to community based treatment as soon as possible. Essentially you are assisting with least restrictive practice.
As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage.
We in the SLP believe in a good work/life balance while ensuring we offer a service that makes a positive impact on the lives of those we support. Our senior leadership team comprises of a range of qualified and unqualified professionals from psychology, occupational therapy, psychiatry, and social work to data analyst and other business support. We are always interested in considering new ideas on how to support people and where feasible going out to make these ideas happen.
- To engage in high-quality specialist clinical/counselling psychology assessments of complex emotional needs service users, including one or more of the following: personality disorders, autism spectrum disorder, treatment resistance, high risk for suicide. There will also be an need to give an opinion on individuals who present with psychosis and other comorbidities.
- Many of these service users will be referred for long term private inpatient out of area treatment. Your assessment will be aimed at deciding if this is propriate and looking for less restrictive, local community treatment options.
- Many of the service users will already be in long term private out of area treatment in England and Wales. The post involves going to see these service users, attending their ward rounds and CPAs as appropriate, and assisting with returning them to their local area in.an expeditious manner. This involves working closely with the local CMHT.
- You will also be asked to assist with clinical assessment into and out the rehabilitation wards across the SLP Complex Care services, including severe and persistent mental illness.
- You will also attend panels for the Single Point of Access (SPA) to assist with referrals into and out of the complex care services across the three trusts.
- To take part in some of the psychological assessments of service users based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations where relevant.
- To formulate and implement plans on for formal CEN psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy.
- To evaluate and make decisions about CEN options taking into account relevant theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual
- To provide specialist CEN psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
- To ensure that all members of the treating team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory relevant to CEN service users.
- To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management to contribute to safety and governance
- To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment plans of clients under and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
- To provide expertise, advice and support to all members of the treatment team to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care
Training and Qualifications
Knowledge and Skills
Certificate of Sponsorship
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