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Assistant Psychologist

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
St Albans
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to appoint a motivated and forward-thinking clinician who can work flexibly and is committed to the success and delivery of the SEND MHST. The post will be full time, with regular travel to MHST schools across Hertfordshire and West Essex. The MHST are open to flexible working and therefore part time / job share would be considered. We would also welcome applications from internal candidates working in the post as a secondment opportunity.

The MHST work in collaboration with schools to increase and improve emotional and mental health provision within education settings for 5-18 year old's. The Assistant Psychologist will be working within a successful SEND specific MHST.

The MHSTs will deliver evidence based interventions supporting emotional wellbeing including group interventions, individual interventions, consultation and training and incorporates full assessments of care needs and risk assessments. The ultimate aim of the MHST is to support a whole school approach to develop, build and support emotional well-being.

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

Main duties of the job

To provide assessment and intervention within MHST under the supervision of a qualified clinician. This could include undertaking psychological assessment either independently or jointly with members of the service and/or professionals from other services, such as the application of psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observation and semi-structured interviews with CYPs, family members, carers and professionals involved in the CYP's care.

To work independently with families and young people according to clinical needs and/or plan agreed with the other professionals involved in the CYP's care and within the overall framework of MHST' policies and procedures.

To assist in the formulation and implementation of plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a CYP's presenting difficulties based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the CYP's difficulties and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings, with the support and guidance from a qualified clinician.

To take into account issues of parental responsibility when undertaking assessment/consultation/intervention with children and young people.

To produce reports and summaries under supervision and to maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing. This should always being accordance with professional codes of practice.

About us

  • A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
  • You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff
  • We put our service users, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities
  • Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision
  • We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For this role you will need to have a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Please refer to the attached job description for more specific information about this role.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • An upper second class honours degree or higher in psychology
  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society.


  • Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience as an Assistant Psychologist or Honorary Assistant Psychologist
  • Experience of working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Experience of working with individuals who are non-verbal or who have significant communication difficulties.
  • An ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to caseload population.


  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working.
  • Experience of undertaking clinical audit.

Skills and Abilities


  • Experience of setting up databases/spreadsheets in order to monitor clinical outcomes with service users


  • Expert knowledge of MS Excel to enable report generation on service quality

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively.

Other Requirements


  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Sandridge Gate

St Albans


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