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Assistant Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with experience, passion and flexibility to join our specialist forensic adolescent inpatient service. The post contains a range of duties which include a combination of direct clinical work and work with staff teams through teaching, consultation and supervision. A major part of the job role will be to promote the Bluebird House Psychological Model of Care, enhancing psychologically informed nurse led approaches. The post holder will be part of the Psychological Therapies Team which includes Family Therapists, Psychologists and Art Therapist.

As this post is offered at the higher Band 5 level it is an essential requirement to have significant prior experience in working as an assistant psychologist, research assistant or equivalent, due to the complexity of our patient group. Our ideal candidate's experience would be working psychologically with adolescents and/or within forensic mental health, inpatient, or criminal justice settings.

Main duties of the job

To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner with patients who may have specific difficulties in understanding and/or communicating and who may be hostile, antagonistic or highly emotionally disturbed.

To work closely with colleagues in the multi-professional integrated mental health and wellbeing service on a day to day basis.

To communicate with a wide range of health & social care staff in hospital and in community settings in a skilled and sensitive manner, complex and sensitive information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients under the service's care. To provide support & guidance in the application of psychological principles and techniques and to foster reflective practice.

To plan and prioritise own workload, balancing the demands of patient care, support and guidance of carers and professionals, service research and development activities.

To make assessments, and deliver treatment plans within a supervised context for individuals, carers, families and groups. To demonstrate awareness of diversity issues.

To provide advice, guidance and consultation on psychological aspects of patient care to colleagues, other service providers, patients, supporters and families.

To tolerate and manage verbal abuse and occasional physical aggression. There is a mandatory requirement for PMVA (Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression) training.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • BA or BSc in either Psychology or modular studies or related fields which is recognised by the British Psychological Society.


  • BA or BSc in Psychology



  • Post Graduate Clinical placement and/or supervised practice in adolescent/ mental health and / or Forensic services as an assistant psychologist, research assistant or equivalent.


  • Further training in clinical setting forensic services.
  • Some further training in one or more psychological therapy.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across a wide range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.
  • Experience gained during supervised training of working forensic/inpatient care
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision

Additional Criteria


  • Communication Skills
  • Excellent verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills
  • Analytical & Judgement Skills
  • Ability to integrate complex data make evaluations, formulations and decisions.
  • Planning & Organising Skills
  • Organisation and time management skills.
  • Physical Skills
  • Maintain PMVA training in accordance with Trust Policy.
  • Other
  • Ability to work independently within defined occupational procedures and use initiative within a mental health setting.
  • Ability to work as a member of a clinical team.
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity and maintain own morale and motivation in challenging service delivery contexts.
  • Can demonstrate effective team work
  • Flexible and adapting working style working from home when required
  • Calm under pressure
  • Self-motivated and able to work without supervision
  • Diplomatic and empathetic manner
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to travel between sites as required such as by having a full driving licence with access to a car


  • Small -scale project management.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bluebird House

Tatchbury Mount, Calmore



SO40 2RZ

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