Higher Assistant Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Old Age
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Adult Autism Team. This is the ideal time to become more involved in autism services; the profile and awareness of autism has increased significantly in recent years. Alongside this the Autism Team has undergone substantial change in the way that it works that will continue over the coming years, empowering mental health and learning disability teams to provide the right care at the right place and time for individuals with autism.

The Higher Assistant Psychologist will be based in the Adult Autism Team working across the Durham and Tees Valley area. The Autism Team are a friendly multidisciplinary team who have had specialist training and experience in understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders, the team includes; Nurses, Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and an Occupational Therapist. The main roles of the team include undertaking diagnostic and impact assessments to inform future interventions and support. In addition the service also provides specialist consultation and advice to trust teams across these localities regarding autism. This is a fantastic role for an aspiring Assistant Psychologist to gain valuable clinical experience and an opportunity to be engaged in service development.

You must be motivated, possess excellent communication skills and the ability to work individually as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team by undertaking work with service users, carers, family members and other agencies.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will need to have experiences working with people with mental ill health, experience of delivering groups and a passion for involving service users in their care. The post holder will also need to be able to demonstrate emotional resilience and a capacity to maintain a compassionate approach even in stressful situations.

They are expected to demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach, required with the advent of COVID-19 using technology and being innovative in their support of our patients and carers.

Psychologists & Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academy's Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

About us

We have a robust clinical and management supervision structure and support and promote continued professional training and development as well as speciality CPD opportunities.

There are clinical specialist meetings to discuss and engage in ongoing development and CPD.

TEWV provides specialist care across Teesside, Darlington, County Durham, North Yorkshire and the Vale of York. Some of the benefits for staff working in the Trust include:
  • Travel:Free parking, car sharing scheme (via Lift Share), Business Car Lease Scheme, Non-Business Use Car Lease Scheme and Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Staff Wellbeing:Access to Trust gyms, rapid access to an independent counselling service, rapid access to physiotherapy, Occupational Health Services, free flu vaccinations at/near your place of work, dedicated Employee Support Service, Mindfulness Training, access to the Employee Psychology Service and Staff Retreats.
  • Rewarding Employment Practices:Career development, Quality Improvement Systems (QIS), ability to purchase additional annual leave, career breaks, flexible working, Investors in People, pre-retirement provision, retirement gift, access to canteens and coffee shops, access to the Chaplaincy Service, staff surveys/experience, staff awards, long service recognition award and gift, Christmas savings club, staff lottery and access to Health Service Discounts.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Nia Laws (Clinical Lead) Nia.Laws@nhs.net

Deborah Masterman (Operational Manager) Deborah.Masterman@nhs.net

01642 368302

for any questions you may have / or further information you require prior to applying. We look forward to hearing from you.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in psychology.
  • Eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice, youth work, work with offenders and/or research design and analysis
Experience Essential
  • Experience working as a psychology assistant (or equivalent).
  • Experience working with people with mental ill health
  • Previous involvement in clinical audit, research or service evaluation.
  • Experience of using psychometric assessments.
Skills Essential
  • Ability to relate therapeutically to the needs of clients and in a way that addresses psychological resistance.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of the MDT to provide an effective service.
  • Utilise psychometric tests competently
  • Experience of delivering groups
Knowledge Essential
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental ill health or learning disabilities.
  • An understanding of the application of psychology to health care.
  • Understanding of confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of the British Psychological Society Code of Conduct.

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Lancaster House

Falcon Court,Preston Farm Industrial Estate


TS18 3TS

Employer's website
https://www.tewv.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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