Assistant Psychologist

Swansea Bay University Health Board
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Band 5
Full Time
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If you are an SB Health Board employee this post will only be offered on a secondment basis and you will need to have gained your line managers approval for the secondment prior to going to interview

Your role will support the wider OPDP team with activities such as training and development, staff support, consultation and formulations across South East and South West Wales. The post holder will have the opportunity to engage in some intervention work as appropriate following training and under supervision.

The role will involve data recording and administrative support in addition to the above duties and a flexible, friendly and helpful approach to work would be an advantage.

Main duties of the job

The Post holder will prepare workbooks and handouts for Service Users and Probation Practitioners. Shadow psychologists in their consultation and formulation work and support write ups under supervision.

Use a range of communication and relationship skills to form a working alliance with service users as appropriate to facilitate assessments and support their engagement during the completion of interventions. Assist in the coordination and running of interventions and training.

To undertake appropriate psychological assessments on a limited basis, including psychological tests, self-report measures, and rating scales.

To manage the emotional (and occasional physical) issues arising from working with clients in significant distress. To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of forensic service users with personality disorder traits and probation staff responsible for their risk management.

To be responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of service users and those they pose a risk to.

To ensure full compliance with Health Board infection control protocols (including Covid 19 procedures) and communication of this to placement students, trainees and others with line-management accountability to you.

You are likely to be exposed to the Covid 19 infection during the course of your work.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

We believe staff are our best asset and wewant you to be happy and confident about starting your career here in Swansea Bay University Health Board.

As one of the biggest healthcare groups in the UK we can offer a wealth of professional training and development opportunities in an innovative, forward-thinking organisation.

You might be a nurse ordoctor, maybe you specialise in a health science/therapy or can offer skills in one of our support services - wehave a job for you.

There are also apprenticeships, work placementsand volunteering roles available.

We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from everyone whatever their sex; religion or belief; race; age; sexual orientation; gender identity or, whether they are pregnant or have recently been on maternity leave, married or are in a civil partnership; or, whether they are disabled.

Our values - Caring For Each Other, Working Together and Always Improving, show thatour commitment to equality is at the heart of everything we do.

If you want excellent career and training opportunities while living on the doorstep of some of Europe's most spectacular scenery,with all the benefits of a thriving and cosmopolitan city - look no further.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • An upper second class honours degree or higher in psychology
  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, personality disorder, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis- Inc. Masters
Knowledge Essential
  • High standard of clinical and audit/research report writing.
  • Experience using computerised programmes for maintaining databases and data analysis (in particular SPSS and Excel).
  • Ability to carry out literature searches and summarise findings.
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of forensic service users / service users presenting with personality disorder traits
  • An understanding of psychology applied to personality disorder and forensic settings, and the ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a mental health context.
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience as an assistant psychologist or within a health care / forensic setting
  • Previous experience of working with forensic service users or those presenting with personality disorder traits
Skills Essential
  • High level interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills, including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Ability to communicate and receive sensitive information from clients, carers, and colleagues in a way to help inform service development.
  • Able to work with a high level of autonomy.
  • Enthusiastic about a career in Psychology.

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