Assistant Psychologist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year Per annum
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Eating Disorders
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post offers an exciting opportunity for an assistant Clinical Psychologist to join an established team offering assessment and intervention services to parents who experience a learning disability. This is varied work and the role provides opportunities to work across Learning disability, children's, and mental health services. The post holder will work under the close supervision of qualified Clinical Psychologists and gain experience of Child Safeguarding processes and multi-agency working.

Main duties of the job

Under supervision the post will be involved providing detailed assessments of parents using a range of assessment methods in order to understand parents' needs and plan interventions to improve outcomes for children. We use a range of therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of parents and families referred to our service, and there will be opportunities to support parenting interventions under supervision.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to our Early Intervention Project which will mean completing initial assessments with expectant mothers and parents with young babies. The post will also involve developing and producing Easy Read parenting materials and other visual resources to support parents and professionals supporting parents with a learning disability. The post holder will be provided with supervision and training in Video Interaction Guidance and would be expected to deliver this exciting intervention under supervision

There are also opportunities for audit, research and service evaluation and the post holder will be involved in the development of clinical audit and/or research projects.

The team have significant success at enabling AP's progress their career and we hope to support career development into Clinical Associate Psychologist training in the future. You will join a strong team of Psychologists in Children's Services including other assistant psychologists and a clinical associate psychologist.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience Essential
  • Psychology Degree accredited by the British Psychological Society. Eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of psychology. An awareness and understanding of contemporary issues in the field of mental health.
  • Experience working with people with mental health problems and/or other disabilities.
  • Previous experience working as an Assistant Psychologist.
  • Knowledge/experience of eating disorder services.
  • Experience of working with people with severe mental illness (e.g, eating disorders) and their families/carers.
Skills and Aptitude Essential
  • Skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues.
  • Ability to establish rapport with a wide variety of people, and demonstrate respect for service users and their families.
  • Flexibility in respect to the needs of the service.
  • Practical computing skills.
  • Capacity to work with people with severe mental health difficulties on a daily basis.
  • High standard of report writing.
Knowledge and abilities Essential
  • Good knowledge of the application of psychological theory to practice
  • Use of psychometric assessments and research methods.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently with work agreed and supervised at regular intervals.
  • Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively.
  • Team working
  • Group working
  • A desire to explore a career in Professional Psychology

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