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Assistant Psychologist with FERN (CEN service) - Band 5

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

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Band 5
Contract Type
Part 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 close and supportive multi-disciplinary team and we're proud of our work, making small sustainable changes in service responses across Gloucestershire.

An exciting new development within the CEN service is the development of FERN - Frequent Engagement Response Network which will be a small sub-team within CEN. This will focus on improving responses to people presenting regularly to 999 services. The FERN team will include a serving police officer, an assistant psychologist and a lived experience practitioner who will work together to create person centred, psychologically informed plans that direct responders towards a trauma informed approach in situations of high risk. There will also be opportunities to support and 'upskill' service partners who may be emotionally impacted by some of the situations they are responding to.

Main duties of the job

Please see attached job description
  • This role has a specific focus on working with blue light services to improve the response people with complex emotional needs receive when they present in times of crisis.
  • There will be additional research opportunities as the post in located within a vibrant and creative team working systemically to produce cultural change. We are fully coproduced and keep lived experience expertise at the heart of everything we do.

About us

The successful candidate would be a highly valued member of the multi-disciplinary team which includes a Clinical Psychology Lead for Complex Emotional Needs, Psychiatrist, Senior Specialist Practitioners and Lived Experience Practitioners. We are seeking excellence from the team and the ideal candidate will have a unique understanding of these difficulties from occupational or personal lived experience.

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.

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?

Please see job description attached

The Assistant Psychologist role will be an essential component of the Multi-Disciplinary Team working under the supervision of the Consultant Clinical Psychologist to devise and deliver psychological interventions to groups and individuals using and delivering services across all tiers of care.

The service is not limited to people with a personality disorder diagnosis although it is aimed at supporting people who are likely to have difficulties coping with overwhelming emotions, low self esteem and self-destructive urges.

Our service aim is to create easier access to good quality support that can be stepped up or down in response to need. Much of our work will be in guiding and supporting all agencies that support people with complex emotional needs to feel confident and able to work in an evidenced based way.

As a clinical team we will spend some time working systemically with individuals identified as having high risks and significant levels of distress. We will also support colleagues in primary and secondary care in an advisory capacity.

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 Trusts 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.

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.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Min 2(i) 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)
  • Prior experience with the service user group and experience in a clinical setting
  • 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.
  • Additional knowledge/ experience of research methodology
  • Experience of working within inpatient areas or where there are restrictions on freedom in place
Practical Essential
  • Strong listening skills, empathic towards people in distress.
  • Practical working knowledge of at least one relevant psychological approach (e.g. CBT)
  • Ability to get to required locations in timely and efficient manner.
  • Emotional robustness to frequently work with the intense distress of others.
  • Direct experience of providing therapy
  • Experience of group work
  • Familiar with the use of Rio

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