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Assistant Psychologist

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you interested in working within the criminal justice system?

We are seeking an experienced Psychology Assistant to support the Forensic and Clinical Psychology Team to develop the mental health and learning disability pathways in the local prisons.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in partnership with providers Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation and Rethink, supporting prisoners mental health and well-being.

The post holder will work within the forensic and clinical psychology speciality and will provide psychology input to the prison based at HMP Hull and Humber.
We are looking for a highly motivated, confident assistant psychologist who has a strong interest in prison work.
The post will involve working with adult males in the prisons who present with risky behaviours and who display signs of complex mental health difficulties.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to have a good vision of the service and requirements, supporting the development of a specialist psychology service within the prison mental health provision.

Applicants will need to be equipped with a strong sense of responsibility and leadership as the psychology representative within the wider multidisciplinary team.

The post holder will be working within our growing group of forensic services which is closely aligned to our secure in-patient services. You will be part of a friendly and supportive group of psychologists, who maintain a strong identity as a psychology department whilst also being key members of multidisciplinary teams. We are members of the local Post-Qualification Training Network, providing frequent opportunities for accessing high quality CPD events and training, linking to career development. The psychology department has strong links with the University of Hull. The post will provide the opportunity to contribute to service-based evaluation and audit, service development and teaching/training. As a department, we are actively trying to develop our research activity.

To demonstrate psychological skills in practice and provide support and advice regarding service development and implementation of specialist psychological interventions and the delivery of a high quality of care in collaboration with prisoners, carers, staff, managers and, other agencies across several teams/geographical areas.

About us

We are an award winning and CQC rated good health and social care Trust delivering integrated services across Hull, East and North Yorkshire.Find out more on our website

We are a forward thinking and dynamic Trust with a real commitment to staff development. We value our colleagues and invest in them to ensure they have the right skills to deliver outstanding care.

We are proud to score above or equal to the average for all NHS People Promise theme areas demonstrating our commitment to improve the experience of working in the NHS for everyone. Wherever you work we know you will receive a warm welcome and all the support you'll need to get you started.

We recognise the positive value of diversity and promotes equality whilst challenging discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

Work life balance is about having influence and flexibility over when, where and how you work. If the work pattern for this role does not meet your needs, we welcome an application and are happy to discuss working arrangements that differ from those advertised.

We offer a unique range of benefits that go above and beyond other NHS Trusts including an enhanced leave package and health and wellbeing support.

From city to countryside, market towns to moors you'll find a place to call home including some of the most affordable places to live in the UK.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For further details with regard to this vacancy opportunity, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • BSc Psychology
  • Graduate knowledge of research design and methodology, and application of this to research and development activity within the service area


  • Additional qualification or course attendance in a related field
  • Evidence of current CPD/formal qualification at an advanced level e.g post graduate level or equivalent knowledge/experiential learning



  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for service users psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care-coordinator and within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan


  • A breadth of clinical practice including clinically specialising in the field where the post is held
  • Ability to work across team/organisational boundaries developing and maintaining multi professional and multi agency partnerships

Skills and Competencies


  • Ability to lead and motivate staff to embrace change
  • Ability to demonstrate ethical values and attitudes within culture of equality and diversity


  • Be able to demonstrate leadership/project management skills at an advanced level
  • Able to demonstrate effective communication skills at all levels

Employer details

Employer name

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Hull or Humber and Humber Centre for Forensic Psychiatry

Beverley Road, Nr Willerby


HU10 6ED

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