Assistant Psychologist - Garner Ward

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
25 Sep 2023
We are excited to have the opportunity to recruit a new Assistant Psychologists to join our growing Psychology and Psychological Therapies (PPT) team working with people with dementia and older people with mental health difficulties.

The successful candidate will be embedded in our in-patient multidisciplinary team for people with a dementia diagnosis, on Garner Ward, Bodmin Hospital. You will contribute to the Cornwall Supporting Behaviour Pathway, contributing to the assessment process with people whose behaviour staff are finding challenging. There may also be the opportunity to support our community-based colleagues.

You will become a valued part of our friendly PPT team which includes Clinical Psychologists, a Psychological Therapist, trainee Clinical Psychologists, a trainee Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP), other Assistant Psychologists, and a Psychology Undergraduate Intern. You will also be encouraged to make links with members of the psychology professions working in services across the Trust e.g. through attending psychology professionals' meetings.

We feel we have a lot to offer candidates with the potential to make a positive contribution. This will include regular supervision from a qualified Clinical Psychologist and can include support with career development. We value staff wellbeing and having a healthy work-life balance.

Proposed interview date: TBC

Main duties of the job

To contribute to the provision of a Psychology and Psychological Therapies Service - predominantly within the dementia assessment and treatment inpatient environment, under the supervision of a Practitioner Psychologist.

To support and enhance the professional psychological care of clients, their families and carers within the service, across all sectors of care. To provide psychological assessment and psychological interventions under the supervision of a qualified professional Practitioner Psychologist working independently according to a plan agreed with a qualified Practitioner Psychologist, and within the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

To contribute to the effectiveness of the Dementia and Older Peoples' Mental Health service. To assist in clinically related administration, conduct of audits, collection of data, and development of audit and/or research projects, teaching and project work.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience


  • Psychology Degree accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Experience working with people with mental health problems and/or cognitive problems and/or behaviour that challenges


  • Experience of carrying out basic psychometric tests e.g. cognitive screens
  • Experience working as an Assistant Psychologist or similar role
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team

Skills and aptitudes


  • Capacity to communicate condition related information to clients and relatives in an atmosphere which may be highly emotive
  • Excellent written communication skills including report writing and record keeping
  • Capacity to work daily with people with severe mental health difficulties, advanced dementia and/or behaviour that challenges

Knowledge and abilities


  • Ability to plan and prioritise own workload
  • Ability to work within appropriate guidelines
  • Ability to establish rapport with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to demonstrate respect for service users and their families



  • Holds full valid UK driving licence

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Garner Ward, Bodmin Community Hospital

Boundary Road


PL31 2QT

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