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Assistant Psychologist - Community Neuro Team

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Mar 2024
We are delighted to offer a part-time (18.75hrs per week) 12-month fixed term contract for an Assistant Psychologist position within our Neuro Outpatient Team. Under the supervision of our Clinical Psychologists, you will contribute to the provision of the psychology service to adults, their families and carers referred to the East & North Herts region. You will be part of a friendly and supportive MDT consisting of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Assistants and Nurses.

We provide specialist assessment, formulation and treatment to patients with a range of neurological presentations. There will be opportunities to deliver low-level psychological therapy and cognitive rehabilitation interventions on a 1:1 and group basis. Flexible working is encouraged, including clinic-based appointments, home visits and working from home.

You will be able to connect and work with trainee Clinical Psychologists from the local DClinPsy course, and we are proud that we have supported various previous Assistant Psychologists to successfully apply for clinical training.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • Support the provision of psychological interventions under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologist
  • Work in partnership with the broader MDT
  • Have the opportunity to attend psychology meetings and journal clubs
  • Be involved in the provision of group-based interventions such as CFT
  • Assist with the preparation of test materials and visual/communication aids as required
  • Be able to communicate with a range of people on a range of matters in a form that is appropriate to them and the situation. This will include communication with individuals with cognitive and communication impairments and will involve communication with people about difficult and sensitive matters
  • Will have experience in using electronic records and be able to be a mobile worker
  • Have a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Please apply promptly as the vacancy may close early if sufficient number of applications are received.

About us

  • A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
  • You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff
  • We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities
  • Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision
  • We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages
  • We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all its staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

Clinical responsibilities include:
  • To undertake protocol based psychological assessments of patients mood and cognition applying psychological measures, including psychometric assessments, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect observations and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patients care.
  • To assist in the formulation and delivery of intervention plans involving the psychological treatment and/or management of a patients problems, under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist.
  • To assist in the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all patients of the service, across all settings where care takes place.
  • To assist in the co-ordination and running of intervention groups, if appropriate.
  • To prepare test materials and visual/communication aids as required.
  • To perform other duties, appropriate to their grade, that may be required from time to time by the supervising Clinical Psychologist.
  • To work flexibly but in a responsive manner to patient needs as agreed with the supervising Clinical Psychologist and in discussion with the relevant Manager.

  • Team Work
  • To develop and maintain good working relationships with collegues within the service with the primary purpose of sharing relevant information, facilitating patient care planning and promoting optimal service delivery.
  • To attend and contribute to appropriate team and multidiscipline meetings.
  • To be an integrated member of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To contribute to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of patients of the service across all settings and agencies serving the patient group.

  • Supervision
  • In common with all Assistant Psychologists, to receive regular clinical supervision, in accordance with professional practice guidelines.
  • To have regular meetings with the supervising Clinical Psychologist in relation to day-to-day management.
  • To gain wider experience of professional psychology within the NHS over and above that provided within the principle service areas where the post holder is employed.
  • To develop the skills and competencies that assist in the delivery of current duties.
  • To attend induction in HCT so as to become familiar with the policies, guidelines and culture of the organisation.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of professional standards through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes in consultation with the supervising Clinical Psychologist.

  • Communication skills
  • To be able to communicate with a range of people on a range of matters in a form that is appropriate to them and the situation. This will include communication with individuals with cognitive and communication impairments and will involve communication with people about difficult and sensitive matters.
  • To be able to communicate effectively using a range of skills to manage barriers to effective communication and adhere to information requirements relating to current legislation, policies and procedures.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients under their care and to monitor progress and evaluate outcomes of psychological interventions during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To convey complex, sensitive and potentially contentious information and concepts using language that is meaningful to the recipient i.e. non-technical, culturally appropriate, jargon free, clear and concise.
  • To motivate / negotiate with patients to change their lifestyle / behaviour by the application of psychological knowledge about behaviour change and motivation using clinical skills in engagement and motivation.
  • To develop and maintain good working relationships with other staff in the stroke wards, Hertfordshire Neurological Services, Hertfordshire Health and Community Services, relevant charities (such as Age UK) and acute stroke services with the purpose of facilitating patient care planning and dissemination of relevant information and to promote service delivery and planning with colleagues.

  • Person Specification

    Qualifications and Training


    • Upper second class honours degree in psychology
    • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society.
    • Further postgraduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis is desirable

    Experience and Knowledge


    • Previous experience working as an Assistant Psychologist.
    • Paid or voluntary experience of working with people with neurological conditions, other disabilities or mental health problems.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental health problems or other disabilities.
    • Experience of paid work in direct care provision.
    • An understanding of psychology applied to a neuropsychology context.
    • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team.
    • Experience in the application of statistical knowledge, research design and analysis is desirable.
    • Experience in audit and service evaluation is desirable.
    • A desire to explore a career in Clinical Psychology.

    Skills and Abilities


    • Ability to effectively communicate sensitive information orally and in writing with patients, families, and other professional staff.
    • Ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a neurological context.
    • Ability to enter clinical notes on the electronic patient record system.
    • Ability to use computer programmes for letter / report writing (Word) and data collection and management (Excel)
    • Ability to utilise theory and evidence base literature and scientific research.
    • Ability to administer standardised cognitive assessments would be desirable

    Personal qualities


    • Ability to build effective working relationships with staff from all disciplines.
    • Ability to build good working relationships and to interact effectively with patients with mental health problems and other disabilities.
    • Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently to a high standard with work agreed and managed at regular intervals.
    • Excellent time management skills with the ability to deliver work under pressure to tight deadlines
    • Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively

    Other requirements


    • Willingness to uphold the Trust's values.
    • Eligibility to live and work in the UK.
    • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


    Danesbury Neuro-rehabilitation Centre

    73 School Lane


    AL6 9SB

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