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Senior Assistant Psychologist

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This vacancy may close earlier if a large number of applications are received. Please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible to be considered in the selection process.

We have two vacancies to fill, one based at Northampton General Hospital and the other at Kettering General Hospital following the current Assistants are leaving to start Clinical training. ALMHS provide a comprehensive mental health liaison service to the general hospital covering A& E and hospital wards. The Senior Assistant Psychologist will work in a multi-disciplinary team including Consultant Psychiatrist, Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Social Workers, Support workers, Administrators, Experts by Experience. There will be the opportunity to work in A& E, acute wards, general wards and provide out-patient follow up.

The post holder will support and enhance the professional psychological care of patients within the service providing psychological assessment and psychological interventions under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The post holder will also assist in clinically related administration, development of audit and/or research projects, teaching and project work when required. The post holder will be line managed and supervised and accountable to the Principal Psychologist.

Main duties of the job

  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holder's professional and team/operational manager(s).
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To prepare test materials and visual aids as required.
  • To undertake specific administrative duties as required.
  • The post holder will be required to work independently according to an agreed job plan with their supervisor/line manager and within the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

To perform other duties of a similar kind appropriate to the grade, which may be required from time to time by their Psychology Manager.

About us

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust was rated as Outstanding by CQC in 2018 and is a great place to work. We are proud of the Psychology provision within the Trust, and feedback has consistently been that we have a well-developed Psychology network in the Trust which offers a strong sense of professional identity, support and strategic influence. There are excellent opportunities for professional development through regular monthly psychology meetings and active peer supervision networks. The Trust enjoys good links with both Oxford and Leicester Doctoral training courses.

We want to recruit a diverse workforce, who are values driven, compassionate and have a desire to deliver high quality care every day. We believe that supporting and involving our staff means that they enjoy their work more, and that our clinical services are better as a result. Northamptonshire is a pleasant area with a mix of rural and urban locations and is within easy distance of other key locations in the Midlands with excellent rail and road links.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience


  • An upper second class honours degree or higher in psychology with entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society is essential for this role. It is desirable for applicants to have completed further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis.
  • It is essential that applicants have experience of working with people with mental health problems and/or other disabilities.


  • Experience of paid work in direct care provision is desirable.
  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis.

Skills & Abilities


  • High level communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be emotive.
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental health problems or other disabilities.
  • Ability to undertake protocol based psychological assessments of patients including self-report measures rating scales and semi-structured interviews with patients, and if appropriate may involve family members and others involved in the patient's care under the supervision of qualified staff.
  • Ability to assist in the formulation and delivery of treatment and/or management of a patient's problems, under the supervision of a qualified professional psychologist .
  • Ability to extensively engage with web-based information resources specific to the specialty patient group, and then facilitate access to these resources by staff and patients.


  • Previous experience of assessing, formulating and providing low intensity psychological interventions to service users in a CMHT service
  • It would be desirable for applicants to demonstrate a high standard of report writing

Behaviours & Values


  • To interact positively with people with mental health problems or other disabilities.
  • To work independently, reliably and consistently under the supervision of a qualified psychologist
  • Reliable and consistent in approach, demonstrating empathy and an open communication style with all team members, fostering this culture across the team.

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Kettering General Hospital


NN16 8UZ

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