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Assistant Psychologist- Band 5

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year £25,655 to £31,534 pa
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for excellent people who are passionate about creating positive changes for people described as experiencing 'Complex Emotional Needs'. We are a warm and supportive multidisciplinary team to serving Gloucestershire as we create a range of innovations to improve a care pathway.

The successful candidate would be a highly valued member of the multi-disciplinary team . We are seeking excellence and the ideal candidate will have a unique understanding of these difficulties from a lived experience perspective.

The role will involve shaping and supporting a wide variety of agencies to feel confident and supported when working with complexity. There will be opportunities to support other agencies to improve their awareness and understanding of the issues underpinning emotional and relational difficulties and to provide some direct support to groups and individuals accessing our community services. Our Psychology Assistant will have a key role in research and evaluation of the service and it's innovations, working alongside the Lead Psychologist.

The service is committed to achieving the principals of an 'enabling environment' becoming a positive and rewarding place to work and study, where people thrive, succeed and achieve positive outcomes.

Main duties of the job

In summary (although please also see job description)

- A key role in research and service evaluation.

- Providing guidance, consultation, signposting and support to a wide range of agencies attending to people presenting with complex emotional needs.

- Working closely with experts by lived experience to co-produce new initiatives within the community.

- Providing a variety of learning opportunities to varied groups and individuals to support trauma informed approaches and psychologically informed environments.

- Working alongside lived experience practitioners to create individualised person centred response plans to guide emergency services when responding to crisis situations for people identified as frequently engaging with blue light services.

About us

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust's view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

Job description Job responsibilities

NB Please note there are 2 posts available within the CEN service. This one is full time, the other is with the FERN (Frequent Engagement Response Network) is 30 hours per week.

Applicants for either post can be considered for both if they would like to be (only one 1 application require).

Please note that this role has very little opportunity for 1:1 direct therapy work, but will involve a wide range of community psychology experiences. For more details please do get in touch for a discussion.

***Please also note that there is an additional question to include in your supporting statements.***


Please include within your application supporting information a brief (no more than 100 words) answer to this question:

What do you understand by the term working systemically to support people experiencing complex emotional needs?

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

In summary
  • Undertaking research projects to evaluate and improve service experience.
  • Preparing multi agency response plans with people frequently engaging with blue light services to support improved experiences.
  • Supporting people and services with signposting, guidance, consultancy and reflective practice.
  • Supporting the development of open access, peer led drop in services that are peer led and provide community based therapy initiatives.
  • Upskilling and resourcing wide range of partner agencies through creative learning opportunities.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Person Specification Academic & Experience Essential
  • Min 2(1) honours degree in Psychology
  • Evidence of training / CPD to develop knowledge and theory relevant to work in the specialism
  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Additional knowledge/ experience of research methodology
Skills and experience Essential
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues, both within and outside the NHS.
  • Direct experience of offering therapy
  • Prior experience with the service user group and experience in a clinical setting
  • Strong listening skills, empathic towards people in distress.
  • Experience of group work
  • Familiar with the use of Rio

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