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Higher Assistant Psychologist

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Part Time
We are looking to recruit a 0.5 wte Higher Assistant Psychologist for 24 months. This is an exciting opportunity to join the multi-site research team, led by Professor Daniel Freeman, undertaking a randomised controlled trial evaluating Feeling Safer an intervention for people with persecutory delusions.

The postholder base will be agreed with the successful candidate however some travel across the TEWV footprint will be required.

The successful applicant must have a good honours degree in psychology. Experience of working as an Assistant Psychologist and previous involvement in clinical audit, research or service evaluation. You must be motivated, possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team.

Main duties of the job

The Feeling Safer intervention follows the logic of the original Feeling Safe intervention which has been proven highly effective in clinical trials. In this new NIHR-funded programme of research Professor Daniel Freeman and team at the University of Oxfordhave created a new six-month guided online programme delivery. It is an accessible and expanded version of the face-to-face Feeling Safe therapy. Users can access Feeling Safer whenever they choose via smartphone/computer/or tablet. The Feeling Safer trial will now test the intervention in NHS mental health services at six sites across England. By providing Feeling Safe in an accessible version for use across the NHS, we aim to achieve substantially improved outcomes for the large number of people with persecutory delusions who have not responded sufficiently to current treatment.

The Assistant Psychologist role will involve delivering the clinical intervention with participants and contribute to the recruitment and screening of participants.

About us

We are committed to co-creating safe and personalised care that improves the lives of people by involving them as equal partners. The most important way we will get there is by living our values, all of the time.

Psychological Professions staff will be expected to display the Trust values at all times, working as part of the collective leadership team with shared accountability and responsibility for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of patient care is delivered in a patient centred manner. They will also contribute to ensuring the culture of our services is built upon the Trust Values and the trust's strategy - Our Journey To change (OJTC).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the job description and person specification which outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

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 Academys 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.

Person Specification



  • Psychology degree
  • 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 (or equivalent).
  • Experience working with people with mental ill health difficulties (paid or voluntary)
  • Experience using statistical software packages e.g. SPSS
  • Previous involvement in clinical audit, research or service evaluation.
  • Experience of using psychometric assessments.



  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental ill health or learning disabilities.
  • An understanding of the application of psychology to health care.



  • Ability to communicate information (verbal and written) effectively
  • Ability to analyse data and present information in a meaningful way
  • Ability to organise own workload and work autonomously
  • Utilise psychometric tests competently
  • Record keeping

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Huntington House


YO32 9XW

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