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Senior Assistant Psychologist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for the role of Senior Assistant Psychologist who is interested in contributing to the shaping and development of a new and developing Maternal Mental Health Service (MMHS) in Hertfordshire, called Perinatal TLC (Trauma and Loss Care) . Perinatal TLC is an expanding, welcoming and dedicated specialist psychology-led Team, serving the county of Hertfordshire, supporting women and birthing people with mental health needs, related to perinatal loss, birth trauma and/or tokophobia (fear of childbirth).

Main duties of the job

The role entails a number of responsibilities, including
  • supporting clinical psychologists in the delivery of 1:1 psychological therapy as well as holding a small caseload of clients and delivering simple CBT, CFT and Trauma-informed 1:1 interventions
  • assessments of participants, co-ordination and co-facilitation of the group therapies
  • working across the psychology and maternity/primary and secondary care/inpatient and 3rd sector organisations to help coordinate interventions and plan effective care pathways for women and birthing people under the team
  • the collation and management of clinical outcome data for patients under the care of the team
  • involvement in audit, small-scale research and service development projects

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assist in the formulation and delivery of intervention plans involving the psychological treatment and/or management of a service users problems, under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist, holding in mind the mother, baby and wider family at all times
  • To contribute to the assessment and ongoing management of clinical risk, under the direct supervision of the Clinical Psychologists
  • To assist in the co-ordination, running, evaluation and development of a programme of therapeutic groups
  • To assist in the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all service users of the service, across all settings where care takes place
  • To work closely with other team members to provide safe and effective care to mothers, babies and their wider families
  • To be an integrated member of the MMHS, attending and contributing to appropriate team and multi-disciplinary meetings
  • To consider service user involvement in service development projects and therapeutic groups
  • To work flexibly in different community locations as required by local need, in order to maximise accessibility
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures
  • To maintain contemporaneous HPFT psychological records using the electronic patient record system
  • To perform other duties, appropriate to their grade, that may be required from time to time by the supervising Clinical Psychologist
  • To work flexibly, in response to service user needs as agreed with the team managers or supervising Clinical Psychologists

Person Specification



  • An honours degree (2:2 or above) in Psychology with entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society.



  • Experience of work with people with mental health and/or other disabilities in a care setting.
  • Experience of working with people in group settings.
  • Experience using computers for databases or data analysis, especially Microsoft Excel and SPSS for Windows.
  • Previous experience in the role of Assistant Psychologist



  • An understanding of psychology applied to a mental health context



  • Under the day-to-day direction of a qualified psychologist, has ability to work independently, reliably, consistently and with initiative (seeking guidance when necessary).
  • High level communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive.
  • Demonstrable skills and previous experience of undertaking undergraduate level or above research and/or service development projects.
  • An ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a mental health context.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Prospect House

Peace Drive


WD17 3XE

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