Assistant Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Full Time
This is a fixed-term post for a Band 5 Assistant Psychologist to join our multidisciplinary community service for adults with a learning disability. This post is an exciting opportunity to gain new skills and experience working with complex systems, helping to develop and facilitate groups and staff training sessions, and providing direct psychologically informed interventions to clients where applicable. We have a background in innovative ways of working and are seeking to create a dynamic service.

The post will be based in the East Hampshire (Fareham) locality, but you will be expected to travel across the bases of Southampton City Community Learning Disability Team at Thomas Lewis House therefore the use of a car is essential in this post.

Your role will involve supporting qualified clinical psychologists working in the localities in providing assessment and therapeutic interventions for people with a learning disability with mental health and complex health needs, behaviour that challenges services, autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy and forensic issues. We offer a range of psychological interventions in our service including CBT, DBT and systemic interventions.

Supervision and CPD are high priorities for the service you will receive regular clinical and line management supervision from a Qualified Clinical Psychologist and be supported to undertake CPD activities related to career progression and receive training to develop skills required for the post.

Main duties of the job

To support and enhance the professional psychological care of clients within the Locality Community Learning Disabilities Service, providing psychological assessment and psychological interventions under the supervision of qualified professional psychologists, working independently according to a plan agreed with a qualified psychologist and within the overall framework of the Locality Community Learning Disabilities Services' policies and procedures. To assist in clinically related administration, conduct of audits, collection of statistics, development of audit and/or research projects, teaching and project work. To work directly with individuals and groups of clients in the provision of psychologically based care.

The assessments and interventions undertaken will be embedded within the framework of:

*MDT principles of working

*The holistic model of care (Four Tier model)

*The six Clinical Areas of Practice

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • An upper second class honours degree or higher in psychology.
  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Full UK driver's license.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


7 The Potteries

Wickham Road



PO16 7ET

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