Assistant Psychologist: Matlock, Derbyshire

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Assistant Psychologist: Matlock, Derbyshire

Post by miriam » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:05 pm

Job Description

We have a vacancy in the Matlock area for an Assistant Psychologist to provide psychometric assessments that contribute to wider psychological assessments for care providers and/or 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.

We are based in lovely purpose built offices about a mile out of Matlock, and are well resourced with computers, 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
- gathering outcome data and using an online outcome measurement tool
- acting as a champion for the outcome measurement protocol within services
- distributing, collecting and scoring surveys
- 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 another AP in the same office and 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. We want you to share our mission to improve the lives of people who have experienced adversity. You need to have the kind of personality and resilience required to be part of a team that makes a difference for some of the most complex children in the country.

We like to give you the opportunity to show us what you are capable of, and we see our staff as our most valuable resource. We provide supervision according to BPS recommendations, and plenty of opportunities for personal development. Supervision will be provided by a qualified clinical psychologist. We have a commitment to training and development, and a good track record of past assistants gaining places on clinical training (though I suspect this is as much about who I select as the experiences we provide).

Salary £18,000 per annum (with some scope to reflect prior AP experience)

Derbyshire offers a very good quality of life, and a lower cost of living than many large cities. We are based in lovely purpose-built offices about a mile out of Matlock, with views of the river, woods, fields, and dry stone walls. We are just a few miles from the Peak District national park and there are waterfalls and industrial heritage sites on our doorstep. Yet Matlock has a good range of shops and is within an hour of larger towns and cities such as Derby, Chesterfield, Nottingham and Sheffield. We are also well networked, as the director is active in the BPS/ACP, runs the clinpsy forum and has honorary posts at UCL and the Anna Freud Centre, as well as having links to Leicester University.

How to apply


If you want to apply for this position then please send a CV (no longer than 2 pages) and a brief covering letter/expression of interest (no more than 600 words) to lifepsychol@gmail.com explaining how you are suited to the position. You must include the telephone/email contact details for two references.

Please apply as soon as possible. We expect to close applications at 5pm on 22nd August, but may close earlier if we have sufficient applicants of suitable calibre. We hope to interview on Wednesday 4th September.

Background information:

LifePsychol is a clinical psychology company that has particular expertise about children and families, particularly when it comes to attachment, parenting and recovery from adversity. 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.

The company is small but growing rapidly. Our mission is to improve outcomes for children with complex needs. Our aim is to change the way that children's psychological needs are looked at in the UK (and then around the world), by identifying both mental health symptoms and needs that are outside the traditional medical model and encompass behaviour, relationships, development, risk and a broad range of indicators of wellbeing. Through identifying needs better, and tracking how they change over time we want to improve the quality of placements and services for children, starting with those who are in the Care system. We hope to achieve this ambitious goal by training carers, implementing a new set of standards for care providers, and through structured needs assessments and regular use of outcome measures (BERRI). We then hope to spread this methodology to other groups of children with complex needs, such as those at the edge of care, or in specialist educational provision, poor school attenders or those who have experienced adversity. We hope to see our system used in every local authority, placement provider, school and charity that provides children's services to inform the way that psychological needs are identified and addressed.

Why start with children who are in Care? LAC are a particularly vulnerable group of children and young people because their needs are complex and they have experienced multiple adversities that put them at greater risk of negative outcomes. Local Authorities are spending £9 billion on children's social care, including £3 billion on placements every year, but there is little evidence about what works to improve life chances and reduce risks because very little data is being collected. We want to change this, and to ensure that the systems around children are psychologically minded and informed by the latest evidence.

The training, pathway and standards we implement 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 conditions that need to be understood to care effectively for the child. 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 initial data suggests that we can help to ensure that children's psychological needs are effectively identified and addressed. Our pilots have shown we can reduce children's needs significantly within six months of using the pathway and tools we provide, and save costs to the public purse whilst we do so. 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.
Miriam

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