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Senior Assistant Psychologist

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
There has never been a more exciting time to join the Perinatal Trauma & Loss Care (P-TLC) Service with our recent launch & expansion. We are seeking an enthusiastic and passionate Assistant Psychologist with a special interest in supporting women and birthing people who have experienced perinatal trauma and loss. We are seeking to enhance our service offer with an experienced Assistant Psychologist (B5) with previous experience working directly with adults experiencing mental health difficulties and distress. Under the supervision of a clinical Psychologist the post holder will hold an autonomous caseload and work 1:1 with these clients. The post holder will also lead on group interventions alongside our Midwife and Peer Support Workers.

The P-TLC Service is a psychologically driven service, providing countywide individual, group, and systemic support to people who have experienced perinatal trauma and loss. The P-TLC Service prides itself on being a collaborative, innovative and supportive team to work in. We are a team motivated to provide the best service & prioritise staff well-being. We strongly promote CPD . We have links with the University of Lincoln midwifery and medical schools, and a close relationship with the School of Psychology including the DClinPsy. We pride ourselves on being a flexible employer working hours and base (Lincoln, Boston, Grantham) are negotiable.

Please note this advert may close early if sufficient applications are received.

Main duties of the job

Under the supervision of a Clinical Psycholoigst, the post holder will contribute to the provision of highly specialist, co produced, psychological input to women who have experienced loss and trauma through their maternity experience.

Under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist, the post holder will autonomously offer specialist psychological assessments, formulation and delivery of interventions to the communities we serve. The post holder will also deliver specialist trauma-informed training to midwives, trainee medics and other agencies in the development of psychologically informed maternity care.

The role is varied with opportunity for direct therapeutic intervention, MDT consultation as well as group work and training.

The P-TLC is in its infancy and developing quickly. The post holders will have the opportunity to be part of the service development, pathway creation, service evaluation & audit.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide one to one sessions of assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation for mental health, emotional and/ or relational difficulties to women and birthing people in the community.

To assist in the design of and take a lead on co-ordinating and providing group therapy intervention packages to service users.

To undertake psychological assessment, utilising psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, questionaires, rating scales, and structured observations.

Carry out semi-structured interviews as part of the history taking procedure with the client, family members and other agencies involved with the client.

Analyse the results of these assessments and develop an appropriate treatment package under the supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist. Provide this treatment package as appropriate.

Plan and prioritise work effectively in order to combine a clinical caseload with service commitments, including audits, research, training and supervision commitments. Schedule appointments, room booking and booking test equipment.

To work collaboratively with a Multidisciplinary team to inform meeting the clients Psychological needs more widely including birth planning with midwifery for pregnant service users.

To communicate complex and sensitive information empathically, using language which is appropriate to the client group

Be able to work effectively in an environment that may be highly emotive and hostile, for example, bereavement or aggressive clients. Deal appropriately in situations requiring sensitivity and empathy

To assist in projects which evaluate the current service which contributes to service development. As part of the research project, undertake literature searches, questionnaire development, data collection, statistical analysis and the production of reports

Comply with and carry out safe practice in accordance with Trust policies and procedures, appropriate Codes of Conduct, the Mental Health Act (1983) and other relevant national and local guidance

We recommend interested applicants to make contact so we can share more about our exciting vacancy. Please contact the Team Co-ordinator, Lindsey Coulson ( for an informal discussion.

Person Specification



  • Honours Degree (minimum 2:1) in Psychology. Eligibility for graduate membership of the BPS


  • Registration with BPS
  • Other related academic qualifications to Masters level
  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health and/or research



  • Previous experience as an assistant psychologist in a employed capacity/ formal setting
  • Direct experience of working therapeutically with adults experiencing mental health difficulties and distress
  • Application of knowledge acquired through Psychology Degree on psychological theory to therapy


  • Experience of planning & facilitating group work
  • Experience of planning & delivering training
  • Experience of administering and scoring psychometric tests
  • Experience of working with perinatal mental health difficulties
  • Experience of working with bereavement and grief
  • Experience of working with trauma presentations
  • Previous experience of working in the NHS

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


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