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Clinical Associate Psychologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 6
Full Time
If you are a Clinical Associate Psychologist looking to broaden your experience and looking for a new challenge then we would like to hear from you!

We are a small and friendly team of psychologists working in neurological rehabilitation and stroke services.

You would be joining an enthusiastic multidisciplinary team that includes consultants, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation assistants.

We believe there is huge potential for the Clinical Associate Psychologist role in this patient group. You will receive regular supervision from a Clinical Psychologist or Clinical Neuropsychologist and there are various training opportunities to support you to develop in this specialism.

Main duties of the job

  • Specialised psychological assessments of the psychological sequelae of stroke
  • Using a psychological formulation to inform rehabilitation planning and guide the work of multidisciplinary colleagues
  • Supporting people who have longstanding and complex problems, using psychological theory and evidence to find the best interventions to meet their needs
  • Delivering psychological interventions for mood disorder and adjustment to disability
  • Working autonomously but with the support and under the supervision of a practitioner psychologist
  • Identifying opportunities for delivering training in the psychological management of stroke for multidisciplinary colleagues
  • To show an awareness of relevant research findings and seeking to routinely evaluate the effectiveness of psychological interventions in this client group
  • To practice ethically in accordance with the relevant professional standards

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London - there is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description

Job responsibilities

To improve the wellbeing of adults with stroke by undertaking specialised psychological assessments, contributing to bespoke clinical formulations, delivering structured, evidence-based and psychologically-informed interventions and undertaking agreed research activity, all appropriate to your level of training, competence and experience.

For further information please see job description.

Person Specification



  • A professional qualification as a Clinical Associate Psychologist in Applied Psychology accredited by the BPS.
  • Successful completion of the end point assessment for a CAP Apprenticeship
  • Current membership of the British Psychological Society and individual accreditation as a CAP once national accreditation schemes are available.


  • Training in an evidence-based intervention for adults with stroke (e.g. CBT, motivational interviewing, ACT))



  • Experience of working as a trainee, apprentice or qualified Clinical Associate Psychologist within the specific clinical area of practice (Community Adult Mental Health services).


  • Experience of working with people with stroke or neurological conditions
  • Experience of developing therapeutic relationships with people who are hard-to-engage

personal qualities


  • Personal resilience to frequently work with distress of others and potentially upsetting subject matter.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Williton Community Hospital

North Road



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