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Assistant Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
South Harrow
£31,163 to £37,875 a year per annum inc HCAs
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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What are we looking for?

We are looking for enthusiastic and skilled individual who is able to maintain clinical curiosity and keen to engage in reflective practice as well as be able to be an advocate for children, young people and families' needs. This is a role is within our Learning Disabilities Team for an Assistant Psychologist whom is wishing to gain experience in working within a specialist area.

We are keen to recruit people from diverse backgrounds. We all work from home as well as from the office, and this can be flexible to suit you and your own needs.

What will be provide you? The post provides an excellent opportunity for an aspiring Psychologist to develop their skills and knowledge via regular clinical supervision with an experience psychologist, being part of Quality Improvement (QI) projects, CPD opportunities as well as multi-disciplinary working within experienced team of Family Therapists, Behavioural Analysts, Nurses, Psychiatrists and Clinical/Counselling Psychologists. You will also have support to prepare for applying to psychology doctoral training courses, if and when you are interested in doing so.

Interview date: 12th October 2022

Main duties of the job

The post holder will join the CAMHS LD team which is responsible for the delivery of specialist CAMHS service to children who have a learning disability in the Borough of Harrow.

What does the post entail? This role will include assessment, psychoeducation and therapy (under supervision), as well as supporting the team with service user reviews, creating bespoke communication tools and health monitoring. Our team works from systemic perspective and use adapted CBT, PBS, attachment and compassion-based therapies to work directly with young people with learning disabilities as well as with those who love and care for them. Please review Job Spec for more details.

About us

We welcome applications from qualified candidates who have been under-represented in mental health in terms of the social GGRRAAACCEEESSS.* We strive to promote equality of opportunity by seeking to remove barriers, eliminating discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity for both our staff and service users.

*Burnham, J. (2012)


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Job description Job responsibilities

This post has clinical and research responsibilities. Please see the JD & PS for more information .

For further details / informal visits contact please contact

Name: Simon Josolyne Job title: Principal Clinical Psychologist -Learning Disabilities Team Contact Tel: 0208 869 4500

Person Specification Training & Qualification Essential
  • An upper second-class honours degree or higher in psychology. Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis.
Experience Essential
  • Work with children and young people with emotional and/or behavioural problems; neurological conditions and developmental delay/disorders and/or other disabilities.
  • Experience of paid work in direct care provision.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • High level communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive.
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to patients, carers and colleagues in a way that addresses psychological resistance.
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental health problems or other disabilities.
  • Experience using microcomputers for databases or data-analysis, especially SPSS for Windows.
  • High standard of report writing.
Personal Essential
  • An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines. An ability to interact with people with mental health problems disabilities.
  • Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently with work agreed and managed at regular intervals
  • An interest in working with people with mental health problems or other disabilities.
OTHER Essential
  • Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively.
  • A desire to explore a career in Professional Psychology.

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