Educational Psychologist

Job Title: Educational Psychologist
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: London
Salary: £40,000 - £45,500
Job Published: January 25, 2019 12:35

Job Description

Title: Educational Psychologist

NHS Band Equivalent: Band 7

Responsible to: Clinical Team Lead

Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week)

Salary: £40,000 - £45,500 (dependent on experience and inc. London weighting)

Contract: Fixed-term for 18 months

Location: West London CCG area

Job Summary:

This is an exciting opportunity for an Educational Psychologist to work within a multi-disciplinary Mental Health Support Team (MHST) to increase and improve emotional and mental health provision within educational settings for 5-18 year olds in the West London CCG area.  You will be working within a successful Trailblazer site, which has emerged out of the government’s December 2017 plans: Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper.

You will assess children with mild - moderate learning and emotional needs, by observing and consulting with multi-agency teams to advise on the best approaches and provisions to support learning and development.  A variety of evidence-based models will be used, working within the framework of the national CYP-IAPT programme (Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).  Early interventions will be delivered in a range of educational settings (primary, secondary, special, alternative provision and sixth form college) across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, as well as in parts of Westminster borough in the North West.  These will build upon the CCG’s and HF Mind’s whole school approach to mental health provision. 

The MHST in which you will be working consists of the Project Manager, Clinical Team Lead, Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, 9 Education Mental Health Practitioners, 2 Wellbeing Facilitators and 1 Family Support Worker.  You will be responsible for managing and providing supervision to other team members.  These team members include the Education Mental Health Practitioners, who will be undertaking their placements within the team, as they are being trained to deliver group and individual low intensity evidence-based interventions to children and young people.  You will receive training in supervision, provided by University College of London (UCL), to support this area of your work.

You will also work closely with families, as well as colleagues and partners in the Local Authority, CAMHS, educational settings where interventions are being delivered and other relevant mental health providers.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Apply a range of assessment techniques and strategies to support the identification of the most appropriate evidence-based interventions to meet the needs of CYP with mild - moderate emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Develop individual evidence-based therapeutic and behaviour management plans, informed by applied psychology
  • Write reports that include formal recommendations on action to be taken
  • Apply a consultation model at the organisational, group and individual level and work with teachers, parents, carers and other education and mental health professionals to promote the social, emotional, behavioural and learning needs of CYP in your care
  • Provide supervision and management, including support through observations and modelling, to 3 – 4 team members (NHS Band 4 – 5 equivalent), some of whom are undertaking Recruit to Train placements in CBT evidence-based practice
  • Attend supervision
  • Attend and complete supervision training programme provided by UCL
  • Ensure outcome measures (e.g. CGAS, SDQ, RCADS, PHQ-9, GAD-7, CORE-10, CORS) are routinely monitored and embedded in your work and that of those you line-manage
  • Keep up-to-date with and utilise relevant theory and research to support evidence-based practice
  • Maintain comprehensive records
  • Report outcome measures and service access data into the digital patient record system, ensure data is flowed into NHS Digital’s Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) and provide quality assurance for the data submitted by team members that you line-manage
  • Undertake risk assessment and risk management for CYP
  • Supervise and support safeguarding cases held by team members that you line-manage, in line with relevant organisational safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Support the screening process for CYP referred to the MHST and appropriate referral of cases both within the team and externally, as required
  • Monitor and track progress against access targets for your caseload and that of the team members you line-manage and develop plans to reach access targets
  • Ensure adherence to organisational policies and procedures and that interventions are developed and delivered in accordance with relevant psychological guidelines and standards
  • Coordinate and communicate service delivery with relevant stakeholders
  • Undertake continued professional development

Essential Criteria

  • Hold a current HCPC registration as an Educational Psychologist
  • Post-graduate degree in Educational Psychology
  • Knowledge of CBT, Solution-Focused, Systemic, Narrative, Interactionist, Personal Construct and Social Constructionist models, both within training and delivering interventions
  • Direct experience of autonomously providing assessment and developing therapeutic plans for children and young people aged 5-18 with emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Experience of routine clinical outcome monitoring 
  • Experience of clinical risk assessment
  • Understanding of child development and psychosocial influences
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary mental health team
  • Experience providing supervision and case management   
  • Highly developed knowledge of child and adult safeguarding 
  • Experience consulting a range of stakeholders (young people, families, mental health and education professionals etc.) 
  • Experience working in educational settings
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Organisational skills and excellent time management 
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office package

Post is subject to an enhanced DBS check

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience using Iaptus CYP data management system and reporting into NHS Digital’s Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS)
  • Experience supervising safeguarding cases

Employee Benefits:

  • Hammersmith & Fulham Mind contributes an above statutory minimum amount equivalent to 2.5% of your earnings and you contribute a further 2.5% to your pension scheme.  This is being increased in April 2019 in line with auto-enrolment regulations.
  • All employees can access 12 free face to face counselling sessions at the West London Centre for Counselling.
  • All employees have access to a 24/7 online and telephone assistance via the Employee Assistance Programme, covering issues such as life support (counselling), legal information, bereavement assistance, medical information and CBT online.
  • Cycle to work scheme which enables you to make savings on the purchase of a bike and accessories through salary exchange.
  • Flexible working hours (when not delivering in educational settings), with core working hours of 10:00 – 16:00
  • 25 days annual leave, in addition to 8 paid public holidays and office closure between Christmas and New year
  • Excellent working environment with supportive team culture
  • Commitment to staff wellbeing through staff wellbeing policies and procedures, including a Staff Wellbeing Committee and staff social activities   
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