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Higher Assistant Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

CMHT's form the mainstay of patient care in secondary mental health services.West CMHT AMH is one of four CMHT's in York it is a small and friendly team, working from an office space in Acomb. We cover the geographical area West of York.

The Trust is committed to providing support and supervision for continuing professional development and we have an excellent track record for developing our psychology workforce.

You would join a well-established and growing staff group of psychologists and therapists working within York and Selby with strong alliances across North Yorkshire.

There are four CMHTs in York and Selby in addition to other specialist teams. Each CMHT has a band 8a clinical psychologist, a band 7 psychologists/psychological therapist and some teams also have an assistant psychologist.

Main duties of the job

Trustwide psychology and therapy has a strong position in the organisation with a Director of Therapies being a senior role and each locality also having a Professional Lead to oversee governance and support development of psychology and governed psychological therapy.

The key roles for the post will include direct work with clients, support with the education of staff. In addition you will participate in team meetings and take an active role in supporting governance of the team.

Applicants need to be motivated, enthusiastic, flexible and resilient. You will need at least 3 years post qualification experience. Knowledge and experience of working with people with complex mental health issues is essential.

Team work is an important element of the job. You will need to demonstrate working effectively in a team and offering leadership and supervision to other professionals.

We provide excellent opportunities for peer support/supervision, CPD, teaching/training, and research and audit in line with strategic developments. There are also strong links to the local Hull and Teesside D Clin Psy Programme as well as the York St. Johns Doctorate in Counselling Psychology as we are key providers of academic and clinical experience components both in terms of teaching and supervision.

About us

The model of service delivery aims to provide timely, evidence-based and accessible mental health assessment and treatment to meet the needs of patients. This post provides a fantastic opportunity to develop clinically whilst based within an enthusiastic and supportive team.

Psychologists & Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academy's Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Additional contact details:Sam Blair - CMHT Manager


Person Specification



  • Degree in psychology
  • Eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • 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 working as a psychology assistant
  • Experience working with people with mental ill health or learning disabilities.
  • Experience of working with patients who present with high levels of risk.


  • Experience of call handling with patients who are experiencing high levels of distress in a crisis situation.



  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental ill health or learning disabilities



  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of the MDT to provide an effective service.
  • Ability to utilise skills to support patients in distress

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Acomb Gables (Acomb Garth)

2 Oak Rise


YO24 4LJ

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