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Assistant Psychologist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an Assistant Psychologist to join our highly valued Community Forensic Team. The team is based at Easby House at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish and offers high quality, psychological care to individuals with forensic backgrounds, to enable them to manage better in the community.

The role is dynamic and challenging. In joining the Community Forensic Team you will be part of a wider group of psychological professionals working across community secure transition services, prison mental health in-reach and the Offender Personality Disorder pathway.

You will work alongside the multidisciplinary team (including nursing, OT, social work and psychiatry) to support individuals to transition from inpatient services to the community. This will include supporting the team with formulations, risk assessment and providing individual and group interventions under the supervision of a senior psychologist.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

Working as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will make a difference to people’s lives from the moment you start.

We expect all our staff to embrace this way of working, recognising the equal value of everyone involved in service design and delivery.

Main duties of the job

As an Assistant Psychologist you will possess a 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree (with Honours) in Psychology or an equivalent qualification and post-graduate experience working as an Assistant Psychologist in a mental health, forensic or care setting (min. 12 months).

Flexibility in approach is important as is the ability to work as part of a team. You will have some knowledge and experience of group work and individual therapeutic contact and be able to demonstrate your capacity to apply psychological knowledge in a mental health and forensic context.

To be successful in this role, you will need to be enthusiastic, forward thinking and emotionally resilient with a passion and commitment to supporting people with complex mental health difficulties.

The post holder will work closely with colleagues in the wider Community Forensic Service and will be embedded within Devon’s Secure Services Directorate. There will be opportunities to receive training with the wider assistant and trainee psychologist group.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

For more information about the job description and person specification please see the attached documents.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Minimum 12 months Assistant Psychologist experience in a related setting
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Experience of providing psychological intervention (individual or group work)
  • Experience of working with people with complex mental health needs
  • Experience of working within a mental health or forensic setting
  • Experience of psychological assessment including the use of psychometric tests
  • Experience of providing teaching, training and/or supervision
Qualifications Essential
  • To apply for this role you will need an honours degree at 2:1 or above in psychology or a BA or BSc (Hons) in modular studies incl. psychology & related fields where the degree renders the applicant eligible for graduate membership of the BPS.
  • It would be desirable for you to have further post graduate training in a relevant area of professional psychology, health and social care practice, and/or research design and analysis.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Relevant clinical and research skills
  • Basic knowledge of databases, research skills and methodology
  • Ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a health, mental health and offence context
  • Excellent communication skills (see person spec for further details)
  • Analytical and judgement skills (see person spec for further details)
  • Planning and organising skills (see person spec for further details)
  • IT skills (see person spec for further details)
  • Ability to work independently within defined occupational procedures and use initiative.
  • Ability to work as a member of a clinical team and to work collaboratively, flexibly and supportively.
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity, and maintain own morale and motivation in challenging service delivery contexts.
  • Ability to be mobile across geographical areas.

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