Assistant Psychologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
South Petherton
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
12 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Part Time
Job summary

Assistant Psychologist - Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated Assistant Psychologist to work with neurological rehabilitation services in Somerset. The post offers an exciting opportunity to deliver specialist neuropsychological rehabilitation to patients with stroke and acquired brain injury, linking closely with established multidisciplinary teams.

The successful candidate will fulfil a key role in delivering the neuropsychology service to patients with acquired brain injury, including stroke. This will involve supporting our screening programmes for cognitive problems and mood disorder, and delivering individualised treatment plans as directed by a member of the psychology team.

There are opportunities for working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and delivering individual and group work. The successful applicant will be involved in service development, audit and other projects. Professional supervision will be provided by a Clinical Psychologist.

The Assistant Psychologist post will provide you with excellent opportunities to develop a wide range of clinical skills and experience. This post will be attractive to applicants who would like to develop professionally across a broad range of psychological competencies.

Main duties of the job

To support the delivery of specialist psychology services in stroke and neurological rehabilitation by conducting clinical assessments and administering psychometric instruments as appropriate; being involved in service development/evaluation and audit projects; delivering basic therapeutic and rehabilitation interventions; and providing training.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To conduct specialised clinical assessments, including the use of psychometric instruments with people who have neurological conditions or stroke, mental health problems and present with challenging behaviour, or are thought to pose a risk to others. Such assessment work will involve working in a range of community settings. This will involve judgements involving a range of facts or situations which require analysis or comparison of a range of options.
  • To provide individual psychological therapy/support to service users, referred to, or care co-ordinated, by the Neurological Rehabilitation and Stroke Services utilising advanced counselling skills, cognitive-behavioural techniques, skills training and other modalities as appropriate.
  • To use highly developed, persuasive, negotiating and education skills to liaise with mental health/other professionals/agencies as required with respect to assessment, treatment and management of service-user referrals to Neurological Rehabilitation and Stroke Services.
  • To communicate effectively and sensitively with service users, their families and carers, and to maintain a high degree of professionalism.

Please see JD for further information

Please note, this vacancy may close early if sufficient number of applicants are received.

Person Specification



  • First degree in psychology (first or upper second)
  • Eligibility for Graduate Membership of The British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Experience of undertaking planned psychological interventions with adults with neurological conditions (stroke or acquired brain injury)
  • An understanding of the psychological assessment process to develop formulations and risk assessments
  • Experience of administering and scoring neuropsychological assessments in clinical settings
  • Prior experience as an Assistant Psychologist


  • Experience of working in inpatient settings with patients with physical health problems or neurological conditions
  • Experience of working in community settings

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