Higher Assistant Psychologist

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

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Band 5
Full Time
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Would you like to join our exciting community team at a time of transformational change? The Middlesbrough Community Mental Health team is at the forefront of community transformation. We are looking for a dynamic assistant psychologist to join our team in delivering effective, safe and compassionate care. You will have an undergraduate qualification in psychology and previous experience working with people with complex mental health difficulties. We have experience developing previous assistant psychologists into the doctoral programme.

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.

Applicants must ensure that prior to applying they have agreement from their current line manager that they can be released on a secondment basis.

In the event that permanent funding is secured for this post the successful applicant will be confirmed in post on a permanent basis.

Main duties of the job

Working under supervision of experienced psychologists and clinical therapists within the team you will join in the assessment and treatment of people with complex mental health problems in group and individual sessions. You will receive regular clinical supervision from a clinical psychologist as well as regular management supervision and appraisal. There will be the opportunity to develop skills and experience in delivering training to the team and undertaking clinical audit and research projects.

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.
Our alues
The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:
  • Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will work under supervision deliver individual and group psychological wellbeing interventions and assessment to people with complex mental health problems. You will be working independently and will escalate clinical and safeguarding concerns as appropriate.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in psychology
  • Eligible for membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Numeracy, literacy and ITQ to 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 of working with people with mental ill health or learning disabilities (paid or voluntary)
  • Previous involvement in clinical audit, research or service evaluation.
  • Experience using statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS)
  • Experience of using psychometric assessments
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
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 completely
  • Statistical analysis
  • Record keeping
  • Ability to lead a group therapy session (within agreed timescales)
  • Plan and organise effectively to meet required timescales
  • Use approved breakaway techniques

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