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Job title
Clinical Psychologist/Counsellor
Work location
Croydon, London
£38, 904
Hours per week
Shift pattern
Monday to Friday (Flexible)
Closing date
20 June 2021 - closed
Supporting documents
Clinical Psychologist JD

Job overview

Recruitment closed

Do you have a genuine passion and felt purpose to help people? Would you say that you believe everyone deserves a second chance regardless of their past circumstances? Would you like to be part of an organisation that supports, cares and empowers these individuals?

If you have said yes to all the above, then this could be the perfect role for you!

We have an exciting opportunity for an innovative and motivated Clinical Psychologist to work in our forensic mental health step-down services across four sites within the London Borough of Croydon, as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team. The aim of the service is to provide staged (High/Medium/Low) accommodation-based support to people referred by South London and Maudsley Trust (SLaM) that will allow them to address their complex support needs and prepare for independent living whilst also managing the risk individuals may pose to the community.

The Clinical Psychologist will be responsible for providing clinical psychology services to improve short and long-term outcomes for service users experiencing complex mental health problems. This will include providing highly specialist psychological assessment and effective evidence based interventions, including neuropsychological assessment, formulate and care planning where appropriate. Working closely with staff and service users, you will develop bespoke interventions for individuals, undertake risk assessment and management; providing advice, guidance and consultation on psychological care to colleagues from other disciplines. You will also work collaboratively with clinicians from the SLaM Forensic Team to ensure appropriate risk measures are in place through structured engagements and communications.

Passionate about people, you will have a strong commitment to recovery, multi-disciplinary working, service user involvement, and working with people who are cautious about engaging with mental health services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide highly specialist psychological assessment of clients with highly complex conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources, which may include neuropsychological testing.
  • Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client.
  • Undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • Formulate plans for highly specialist psychological therapy and/or management of clients’ mental health conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice.
  • Implement a range of highly specialist psychological therapies for individual clients, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations as required.
  • Undertake highly skilled evaluations and makes decisions about treatment options.
  • Facilitate decision-making by planning and mapping processes/interventions with members of the team to determine the most appropriate treatment modality or service for clients.
  • To liaise with other professionals working within NHS, Social Inclusion and Health and the voluntary sector on matters relating to client care that have implications for the service.

Experience Required:

  • HCPC registration as an Applied Psychologist
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied Psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Proven experience as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients’ psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in highly distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Provide effective teaching, training, consultancy and clinical supervision/reflective practice
  • Ability to communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people
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