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Higher Assistant Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the progressive and innovative Health & Justice teams within Tees Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust.

We are searching for a committed and enthusiastic psychology graduate, preferably with some experience of working in secure mental health/prison settings, to join the Mental Health team at HMP Preston. There is also an expectation to work across site into HMP Kirkham as and when required.

The Mental Health team iscommitted to delivering high quality care to patients in prison. The model of service delivery aims to provide timely, evidence-based and accessible mental health assessment and treatment to meet the needs of prisoners. The post within the mental health teams provide a fantastic opportunity to develop clinically whilst based within an enthusiastic and supportive team.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be Higher Assistant Psychologist (HAP) and will join the multidisciplinary health team, working alongside members of prison operational staff. Tasks will include, although not exhaustive of, assessment of mental health of the male residents within the prison, psychometric administration, scoring and interpretation, facilitation of small treatment-focused groups, individual intervention, audit, staff training and report writing. Experience of delivering evidenced based therapies, i.e. CBT and DBT either individually or within a group setting would be desirable. The successful post-holder will have good communication and interpersonal skills, and preferably will have some experience of risk management in prison or forensic settings.

Job share may be considered. Please specify working pattern request on application (full time, part time etc).

About us
A great experience for our colleagues

We're committed to co-creating a great experience for our colleagues. This means listening to what staff are telling us and working together to be the best employer we can be.

Our staff are our most important asset and recognising their excellent work and the vital contributions they make to patient care is very important.

We have achieved the gold Investors in People (IIP) standard and have been commended on great people management practice and demonstrating a commitment to staff development.

We are signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme. This means we have to demonstrate that we're taking positive action to attract, recruit and retain disabled people

We have an award-winning system for delivering efficiency through clinician-led quality improvements.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification which outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in psychology
  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice, youth work, work with offenders and/or research design and analysis
Experience Essential
  • Experience working as a psychology assistant (or equivalent).
  • Experience working with people with mental ill health or learning disabilities (paid or voluntary).
Knowledge Essential
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental ill health or learning disabilities
Skills Essential
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of the MDT to provide an effective service.

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