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Assistant Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Assistant Psychologist to join our Adult Inpatient Services at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough.

The successful applicant will be joining an established psychology team within the wider ward MDT where multi-disciplinary working is highly valued.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) provides integrated community and mental health, learning disability and social care services of the highest standard due to our continued commitment to quality and service improvement. We aim to support people of all ages to achieve the very best they can for their health and wellbeing. To ensure that we achieve this goal we look to recruit candidates of a high calibre that share our passion for delivering excellent service user care, research and education.

**Please be aware that this vacancy will close once sufficient application numbers have been received**

Main duties of the job

To support and enhance the professional psychological care of patients within the service, across all sectors of care, providing psychological assessment and psychological interventions under the supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist.

Working independently according to a plan agreed with a qualified psychologist and within the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

To assist in clinically related administration, collection and analysis of clinical data, development of audit and/or research projects, teaching and project work.

The role will include appropriate information sharing with service users, their families, GPs and other key stakeholders and partner agencies.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

To provide a direct service using psychological intervention and assessment tools, under supervision of the Clinical Psychologist.

To support the Clinical Psychologists in preparation of team formulation sessions, i.e. completing file reviews and dissemination of formulation.

To facilitate group work, including psychoeducation, CBT. DBT and ACT informed sessions. This may include co-facilitating groups alongside other members of the MDT.

To facilitate individual psychological work, under the supervision of the Clinical Psychologist.

Where indicated to carry out Brief Psychological Interventions, including Anxiety Management, Behavioural Activation and Distress Tolerance.

To support completion of Cognitive Screening assessments and in some circumstances more detailed neuro-psychological assessments.

To input information and maintain the psychology referral spreadsheet/database.

To monitor and evaluate progress, refining interventions as necessary.

Person Specification



  • An upper second-class honours degree in psychology
  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society



  • Experience of working with adults with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of delivering psychologically informed groups
  • Practical working knowledge of at least one relevant psychological approach e.g. CBT


  • Experience of working in inpatient mental health settings
  • Experience of completing risk assessments
  • Experience of working with patients with cognitive difficulties
  • Experience of psychometric testing, scoring and report writing

Skills & Abilities


  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental health problems and other disabilities
  • Ability to communicate (orally and in writing) highly complex, highly clinically sensitive and condition-related information to patients, families and other professionals

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


The Cavell Centre

Bretton Gate



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