We have a vacancy in the Matlock area for an Assistant Psychologist to provide assessments and contribute to psychological assessments for the family court, to help with research activities and to support the wider service related to young people in children's residential homes. This involves travelling to various locations in the area and gathering information, setting up meetings, administering psychometric assessments and contributing to reports and letters.
Full or part-time applicants will be considered. We are based in lovely purpose built offices about a mile out of Matlock, and are well resourced with laptops, books, psychometrics and the benefits of a lovely working environment (where we all have our own desks, and the business supplies tea and coffee).
The post involves a combination of:
- administering psychometric assessments
- gathering background information from files
- collecting questionnaire data from schools and foster/residential carers
- arranging formulation meetings in children's homes
- gathering outcome data and using an online outcome measurement tool
- acting as a champion for the outcome measurement protocol within services
- data entry and statistical analysis
- providing summary reports from outcome data/questionnaires
- summarising legal bundles
- writing up reports to a template provided
- making structured observations of children
- gathering third party observational data
- writing literature reviews
- contributing to academic papers for publication
- general administrative tasks (arranging meetings, responding to telephone and email enquiries, keeping track of materials, etc)
- other such tasks as the business requires
You'll be part of a small local team, with links to other APs in the wider network. There will be opportunities to sit in on training events, and to contribute to research and publications.
The nature of the roles means that we require a psychology graduate with GBC (at a 2:1 or better, or with a completed post-graduate qualification), who has a driving license and access to a vehicle (or can propose suitable adaptation if they have a disability that prevents this), who is diligent and meticulous about collecting and writing up information. Experience administering psychometric assessments would be advantageous but is not essential, as full training will be provided. You need to be organised and proactive, able to set up meetings and communicate in a professional manner, including writing up reports to a high standard. Fluency with computer and internet applications is also necessary, along with a passion for research and being part of a team that makes a difference for some of the most complex children in the country.
We provide supervision according to BPS recommendations, and plenty of opportunities for personal development. Supervision will be provided by a qualified clinical psychologist (probably myself, as service director / consultant CP). We have a commitment to training and development, and a good track record of past assistants gaining places on clinical training (I'm currently at 8/8 past assistants who have spent a year with us gaining a place on training within the next year, though I suspect this is as much about who I select as the experiences we provide).
Salary is £18,500 per annum (pro rata for part-time).
Application by CV (no more than 2 sides please) with a covering letter (one side) to email@example.com by the end of the month please.
LifePsychol currently consists of a small clinical team who provide assessment and therapy services, particularly for children and families, and services commissioned by local authorities to support Looked After Children, adoption or families at the edge of care. Our Clinical Psychologists also provide expert assessments for the family court and to local authorities considering entering proceedings. We provide consultations advice on service development and service evaluations for social enterprise and third sector organisations. Our main specialist area is around attachment, trauma and maltreatment and how this evidence base can inform the care of children who do not live in their family of origin. We therefore provide training for adoptive, foster and residential carers, as well as health, social care and legal professionals, and have a network of associates who provide regular consultation into organisations.
However, our primary goal at present is nothing less than to improve the quality of placements for all Looked After Children in the UK. LAC are a particularly vulnerable group of children and young people because their needs are complex, and often include mental health, developmental difficulties, problems with relationships and behaviour. We hope to achieve this ambitious goal by training carers and implementing a new set of standards for care providers (PRIME) and through regular use of outcome measures (BERRI).
The PRIME standards are about ensuring that strategies carers use are evidence-based, individualised to the background and needs of each child, evolve as the child’s needs change, and are based on a thorough psychological assessment and a multi-faceted formulation of the child’s needs. We believe that having advice from a clinical psychologist to inform the care of all Looked After Children (and other children with complex needs) will both reduce stigma and improve outcomes, whilst helping carers to feel better equipped to meet the children’s needs. We have developed a training program and care pathway as one means to implement these standards for placements.
We have also developed a set of online tools for commissioners and placement providers to use to identify and track the needs of children in their care. The tools are known by the acronym ‘BERRI’ because they explore Behaviour, Emotional well-being, Risk to self and others, Relationships and Indicators of psychiatric or neurodevelopmental conditions that may require further assessment or diagnosis. We want every young person with complex needs to have a service that meets their needs in an effective and evidence-based way. We have therefore developed tools that allow us to gain a more holistic picture of children’s needs, to track how this changes over time and to target particular concerns and monitor the effectiveness of interventions to address them.
Our first data suggests that we can reduce concerns about children significantly within six months of using the pathway and tools we provide, and our services gain exceptional feedback from carers and professionals, but we hold ourselves to tough standards of evidence, and gather data about our effectiveness every step of the way.