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Assistant Psychologist (CAMHS)

Livewell Southwest
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

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37.5 hours per week. An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Plymouth CAMHS Eating Disorder Pathway. We are looking for an Assistant Psychologist (AP) to join the pathway to support and enhance the psychological care of Children, Young People and Families (CYPFS), providing psychological assessment and psychological interventions under the supervision of a qualified professional psychologist. The successful post holder will work independently according to a plan agreed with a qualified clinical psychologist and pathway leads to the overall framework of the pathways policies and procedures, where they will be responsible for assessing, treating CYPFS in relation to a range of complex difficulties including emotional, psychological, neurodevelopmental and with behaviours considered challenging.

Our aim is to improve CYPFS mental health through the effective delivery of regularly reviewable psychological interventions using the Anna Freud iThrive framework to inform and provide safe, effective, cost efficient, timely and accessible services that are in accordance with national and local priorities and responsive to the needs and views of local CYPFS.

The post of AP within the Eating Disorder Pathway (EDP) will be an integral role within the specialist CAMHS Eating Disorder Pathway. The pathway offers a dedicated service for (CYPFS) referred with an Eating Disorder in line with the Maudsley Model FT-AN, FT-BN and NICE Guidelines.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will assist in the formulation and delivery of care plans involving the psychological treatment and/or management of a young peoples problems, under the supervision of a qualified professional psychologist and other professionals in the pathway within a community setting.

The post holder will assist in the coordination and running of therapeutic groups alongside other team members.

The post holder will care coordinate cases where indicated, formulate care plans collaboratively with CYPFS and use resources creatively to provide therapy for CYPFS uniquely tailoring therapeutic interventions to meet their needs. They will ensure CYPFS receive interventions according to NICE guidance and local pathways of care.

To post holder will work with other pathway members to assess patients and review their care in preparation for multi-disciplinary reviews.

The post holder will work within the risk assessments undertaken within the overall framework of the team while observing Livewell Southwests and national policies/procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy, service evaluation/development and research within the areas served by the team/service.

This role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities


a) To undertake protocol based psychological assessments of CYPFS applying psychological, including neuropsychological and cognitive testing, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the CYPFS care.

b) To assist in the psychological formulation and delivery of care plans involving the psychological treatment and/or management of a clients problems, under the supervision of a qualified professional psychologist and other professionals in the pathway in a community setting.

c) The post holder will work within the risk assessments undertaken within the overall framework of the pathway while observing Livewell Southwests and national policies and procedures.

d) To work with other staff members within the pathway to assess children and young people and review their care in preparation for multi-disciplinary reviews.

e) The post holder will work with other professionals within the pathway to assess patients and review their care in preparation for multi-disciplinary reviews.

f) To manage a caseload of children and young people who are experiencing highly complex and persistent mental health difficulties.

g) To establish rapport and build effective working relationships with CYPFS and all those involved in their psychological, emotional, and behavioural well-being.

h) To work jointly with other team members within the eating disorder pathway and professionals in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to young people, children, and families/carers.

i) To assist in the creation, coordination and running of therapeutic groups within the eating disorder pathway.

j) To follow appropriate local Safeguarding Adults and Children policies in all clinical work, including close liaison with all relevant agencies.

k) To participate in regular review and ongoing discussion of cases in treatment with other members of the multi-disciplinary team and where appropriate, co-ordinate and organise network meetings with professional members of other agencies.

l) To provide risk assessment of, and intervention to, young people and children who may present in local acute settings in line with agreed procedures.

m) To liaise and consult with the wider professional network in the care of CYPFS.

n) To assist in the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all CYPFS of the organisation, across all settings where care takes place.

o) To attend and contribute to appropriate multi-disciplinary meetings including team meetings, team supervisions and case discussions.

p) To assist in the design and implementation of service development projects within the organisation as required.

q) To attend meetings in which service developments are planned and discussed.

r) To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children and young people under their care and to effectively evaluate progress.

s) To participate in the multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of children and young people.

Training and Supervision

a) To participate in regular supervision (clinical and line management) in accordance with good practice guidelines of the BPS and Livewell Southwest policy.

b) To participate in the organisations annual Appraisal process.

c) To attend all relevant mandatory training.

d) Assist with the preparation and delivery of work-based learning for learners across partner placement areas, as appropriate.

e) Assist with the delivery of informal teaching as agreed within the organisation and Universities.

Research, Audit and Evaluation

a) To assist in the design and implementation of audit and research projects.

b) To support the pathway and clinical pathway manager in the collection and reporting of routine outcome measures.

c) To undertake data collection, analysis, the production of reports and summaries, using IT and statistical programmes.

d) To undertake searches of evidence-based literature and research to assist the pathway clinical psychologist in evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other pathway members.


a) To maintain HCPC professional registration and to maintain the highest professional standards of practice, through professional self-governance in accordance with the relevant professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures, and active participation in internal and external CPD training in consultation with the post-holders professional and service managers(s).

b) To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies, and issues in relation to both the specific cohort of CYPFS and mental health.

c) To comply with the Professional Codes of Conduct and to be aware of changes in these. To maintain up to date knowledge of all relevant legislation and local policies and procedures implementing this.

d) To ensure that all duties are carried out to the highest standard and in accordance with currently quality initiatives within the work area.

e) To comply with all relevant Livewell Southwests policies, procedures, and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information and to be aware of any changes in these.

f) To comply at all times with the Livewell Southwests Information Governance related policies. Staff members are required to respect the confidentiality of information about staff, CYPFS and the organisation and in particular the confidentiality and security of personal identifiable information in line with the Data Protection Act. All staff are responsible for ensuring that any data created by them is timely, comprehensive, accurate, and fit for the purposes for which it is intended.

g) To adhere to the administrative and audit protocols of the organisation. To develop and maintain audit protocols for the service.

h) To regularly attend and participate in team meetings, away-days and other professional meetings that are appropriate to the role. To attend local and regional groups agreed to be appropriate for the role.

i) To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the HCPC, British Psychological Society and Livewell Southwests policies and procedures.

j) To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies, and issues in relation to CYPFS with mental health issues.

k) The post holder will be required to work flexibly in terms of base and clinical hours.

Person Specification



  • Work with children and adolescents with mental health problems and/or other disabilities.


  • Experience of working as a psychology assistant within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of working with service users with complex, risky presentations and/or within a psychological service setting.
  • Experience of working with people who experience an eating disorder.
  • Experience of using assessment skills.
  • Experience of delivering psychologically informed interventions such as CBT.
  • Experience of working in CAMHS
  • Experience of working with families
  • Experience of conducting psychological assessments.

Physical and Personal attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years: subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy.
  • Post-holder may be working in the community such as schools or GP practices, and outpatient clinics.
  • Responsibilities include sitting and concentrating for long periods of time at the computer, in consultation with patients, and in meetings.
  • Clinical practice involves frequent contact with emotionally distressed children and families and occasionally violent patients.
  • Assessment activities may include transporting of Psychometric testing equipment.
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability



  • Research methods and report writing.
  • Proven experience using SPSS and/or other statistical software.
  • An understanding of the needs
  • and difficulties of people with mental health problems or other disabilities.
  • An understanding of psychology applied to mental health care.
  • An understanding of the importance of robust risk management within a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Awareness of current, evidence based, stepped care models of care as detailed in NICE guidance.


  • Knowledge of psychological disorders using engagement approaches and clinical
  • assessment skills required for
  • presentations within eating disorders
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity to diversity issues and general knowledge about BAME groups
  • Working on an inpatient psychiatric ward.
  • Post-graduate experience of conducting research projects or audits.



  • A degree (First or Upper Second-class degree) in Psychology that is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British P
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