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Assistant Psychologist (Children and Families) Birmingham - NOW CLOSED

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Vacancy Information

We have a vacancy in the Birmingham area for an Assistant Psychologist to administer and score psychometric assessments that contribute to wider psychological assessments of neurodevelopmental disorders and assessments of parents and children undertaken as part of expert witness work for the family court. The post-holder will also support a service related to screening the psychological adjustment of young people in children's residential homes. This 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 contract of employment will be with LifePsychol Ltd, but the post will include activities that contribute to LifePsychol, Evolving Families and BERRI. We are currently confirming where the physical office base will be, but it is likely to be in Sutton Coldfield. This role cannot be done remotely, and we expect the postholder to be fully immunised and willing to engage positively with applicable precautions to prevent the spread of covid-19, such as wearing masks, social distancing, and sanitising materials between uses.

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 (see BERRI.org.uk)
- acting as a champion for the outcome measurement protocol within services
- 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

It may also involve

- data entry and statistical analysis
- 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, co-located with a qualified clinical psychologist, and remotely linked into a wider national team that includes a consultant clinical psychologist, two other clinical psychologists, 3 other AP/psych graduates, various students on placement, and a wider operations, sales and admin team. We also fund a research team at the Anna Freud Centre / UCL. This means there are lots of interesting people within the network to learn from. There will be opportunities to sit in on training events, and you may be able to contribute to research and publications.

The nature of the roles this post will undertake 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). We need someone who is proactive, 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 persistent, 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 and vulnerable children in the country.

We are a supportive team and positive about diversity. 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 regular supervision, 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).

We are a real living wage employer. The salary for this post is £19,305 per annum (with some scope to reflect prior AP experience to a maximum of £21,000). We reimburse the cost of travel undertaken to fulfil this role. We also provide a health scheme to cover the costs of eye tests and dental check-ups and reimburse some of the costs of other health treatments, as well as other benefits such as access to counselling, GP services and an advice line.

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) here explaining how you are suited to the position. We do not consider applications that do not have a covering letter explaining how your skills match our requirements. Please also include the telephone/email contact details for two references.

Please apply as soon as possible. We expect to close applications at midnight on 18th February, but may close earlier if we have sufficient applicants of suitable calibre. We hope to interview on Thursday 24th February.

Background information

LifePsychol/Evolving Families/BERRI are a set of small clinical psychology companies that have 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 undertake assessments for the family courts adoptive, foster and residential carers, as well as health, social care and legal professionals. We are also setting up a new neurodevelopmental assessment clinic.

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 through structured needs assessments and regular use of outcome measures. 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, those who have experienced adversity, and children with psychological needs that are hard to meet with traditional services due to the pandemic. 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.

The assessments we undertake and the training, pathway and standards we help services to implement are about ensuring that children's needs are identified and the strategies carers use are effective, evidence-based, individualised to the background and context of each child, and evolve as the child’s needs change. Our care plans are based on a thorough psychological assessment and a multi-faceted formulation of the child’s needs.

We have developed a set of online tools for parents, carers, professionals, commissioners and placement providers to use to identify and track the psychological needs of children. We call it the BERRI system, because our tools 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. BERRI allows 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, improving their outcomes whilst we save costs to the public purse. 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.
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