AP vacancy, 1 day per week, Gateshead - CLOSED

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AP vacancy, 1 day per week, Gateshead - CLOSED

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Assistant Psychologist (part time)
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
Part-time, Contract
Salary: £18,000.00 /year (pro-rata)

Job Description

LifePsychol Ltd have a vacancy in the Gateshead area for a part time (one day per week) Assistant Psychologist to provide psychometric assessments that contribute to wider psychological assessments for care providers and to support the wider service related to young people in children's residential homes. The role involves travelling to various locations in the area and gathering information, setting up meetings, administering psychometric assessments and contributing to reports and letters.

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
- writing up reports to a template provided
- making structured observations of children
- gathering third party observational data
- 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, spread across the UK, and will get supervision from a qualified CP, as well as joining online consultations facilitated by them. There may be opportunities to sit in on training events, and to contribute to research and publications. There may be the opportunity to combine this role with either residential care work within the organisation to which we are providing a service, or possibly with field work in the wider BERRI project. However, this is not guaranteed, and would require a separate application and contract of employment.

The nature of the role 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 young 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 pro rata (with some scope to reflect prior AP experience)

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) through this website explaining how you are suited to the position. We only consider applications that include the covering letter. You must also include the telephone/email contact details for two references.

Please apply as soon as possible. We expect to close applications at 5pm on 25th October, but may close earlier if we have sufficient applicants of suitable calibre. We hope to interview on 29th October.

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.

Reference ID: AP-G1

Contract length: 12 months

Part-time hours: 7.5 per week

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