Higher Assistant Psychologist

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

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Band 5
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Higher Assistant Psychologist (12 months - fixed term) to join the progressive and innovative Health and Justice Service within Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust.

The successful candidate will work within the Mental Health Team at HMP Northumberland.

There is a recruitment and retention incentive attached to this post which is up to £3,000.

In the event that permanent funding is secured for this post the successful applicant will be confirmed in post on a permanent basis.

Applicants must ensure that prior to applying they have agreement from their current line manager that they can be released on a secondment basis.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant 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.

About us

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

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop clinical skills as well as skills in audit, research and the development and delivery of training. You will also gain vital experience of multi disciplinary working in a prison setting.

As a service we provide extensive training and learning opportunities which can help in progressing with a career in psychology. We also provide extensive supervision to support your learning and development.

Please refer to the attached job description for further detailed information regarding the role and main responsibilities.

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).
  • Experience of using psychometric tests / outcome measures
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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