Working under the supervision of a clinical psychologist in a low secure locked unit, I was solely responsible for implementing a new scheme to monitor and record individual risk factors and behaviours identifiable of each client. Identifying risk warnings that a client is becoming unwell enabled staff to intervene and support clients, ultimately reducing the risk and improving the client's experience and care. Daily recording and reporting of such factors also provided evidence to be presented at care plan reviewing and mental health tribunals.
As assistant psychologist I was able to administer and report psychological assessments under the supervision of the clinical psychologist. This procedure, combined with one to one psycho-social assessments and reviews led to a deeper understanding of the difficulties each client was facing and how they may have tried to previously manage these. Knowledge of different theories, therapies and intervention techniques also enabled me to engage and support each individual, to empower and encourage more appropriate strategies to manage internal and external conflicts through a person centred approach. Sharing this practice with other colleagues improved the overall service's client focus. I was also encouraged by management staff to provide informal presentations in areas of my own expertise developed through my degree, with colleagues to develop a wider understanding of mental health illness and issues, and to contribute to the development of innovative ways of involving clients in there care.