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Assistant Psychologist - Chesterfield OP & WAA In-patient services

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Chesterfield S44 5BL
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Psychology graduate who has a good honours degree in Psychology to work with us in our Acute Services within the Older People's and Working Age Adult Acute Divisions and are pleased to offer a post working 2.5 days in the Bluebell Older People's Mental Health Ward and 2.5 days at the Hartington Unit across wards that support people of working age.

It is an exciting time to be joining the services, as the Trust works towards opening new facilities within Chesterfield for older people and people of working age, at Walton Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital respectively.

The post gives the opportunity to join teams that value the contribution that Psychology brings to their work, and a wider supportive network of Psychologists and Psychological Therapists working across the Trust.


We request that applicants write a short piece (no more than 500 words) answering the following question:

How can psychologists contribute to good patient care on acute mental health wards?

Applicants are asked to include this in their application in the supporting information section, under a good patient care heading.

Please note, if a high volume of applications is received, this advert may close early so please ensure you submit your application without delay.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Clinical Psychologists working onto each ward. Patient facing work will include short term 1:1 assessment, formulation, intervention and group work. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with multi-disciplinary colleagues to promote holistic care.

The successful candidate will work alongside the qualified Clinical Psychologists to contribute to the service development of the psychological offer on the new wards, including the embedding of trauma informed care. This will involve the development, delivery, and evaluation of training sessions alongside the qualified Clinical Psychologists.

The successful candidate will have good interpersonal, organisational and communication skills in order to engage with people with mental health difficulties, their family members and carers. The post holder will support research and audit activities under the supervision of an experienced qualified Clinical Psychologist.

About us

Psychologists within the Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust have a well-established and supportive professional network with regular meetings and in house CPD events. The successful candidate will have an individual professional development plan negotiated as part of their work plan.

There are excellent links with local professional training courses with staff supporting the local training committees, participating in trainee selection and regularly offering training and placements to existing doctoral trainees.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Job summary:

To support and enhance the psychological assessment and interventions of people receiving a service from Clinical Psychologists working in the Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust within the Older Peoples Acute and Working Age Adult Acute Mental Health Service. To work within a multidisciplinary team providing psychological assessments under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologist, working independently according to a plan agreed by a qualified Clinical Psychologist and within the overall framework of the services policies and procedures. To assist with assessments, formulations, care plans and report writing. To assist in carrying out audit and research projects, including the collection and analysis of data, teaching and project work.

Person Specification



  • Good Honours degree (2.1 or above) in Psychology


  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis



  • Eligibility for the Graduate membership of the BPS


  • Graduate Membership of the BPS



  • Work experience in a formal care setting


  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems
  • Experience of working with older people
  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • Previous experience as an Assistant Psychologist



  • Good interpersonal skills to facilitate communication with colleagues and other service providers


  • Knowledge and skills related to working with people with mental health difficulties
  • Knowledge and skills related to working older people
  • Knowledge and skills related to working with individuals with a learning disability and/or neurodiversity



  • Ability to process text, set up and use databases and spreadsheets
  • Good written communication skills, with the ability to tailor these to varying contexts
  • An organised approach to work, with the ability to meet deadlines


  • Use of Microsoft Excel
  • Use of computerised statistical packages such as SPSS / Studio R



  • Good patient care question answer



  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Hartington Unit

Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Chesterfield S44 5BL

S44 5BL

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