Higher Assistant Psychologist

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

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, enthusiastic, and creative Higher Assistant Psychologist to join the Ripon Integrated Community Team, based at Windsor House in Harrogate.

Experience of working with adults of working age with mental health difficulties is essential for this post. Experience of developing and co-delivering therapeutic groups and 1:1 interventions is required as this will form part of the assistant psychologist role. Co-delivering training to staff will also form part of the role and so strong presentation skills and an ability to engage the target audience is required. We are particularly looking for an individual who is committed to working in a trauma informed way and who can work collaboratively with other disciplines in order to support recovery. You must be motivated, possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to work autonomously as well as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Please Note: Early submission of your application is advisable as we often receive a high number of applications therefore the post may be subject to early closure.

Main duties of the job

Successful candidates will be expected to have involvement in delivery of psychological assessments and interventions for clients with mental health conditions. A compassionate and committed approach is essential . The successful candidate will also be expected to support colleagues, such as Assistant Psychologists, through training and clinical/administrative support.

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.

About us

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 are a multi-award winning trust, with accolades including the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists' Mental Health Service Provider of the Year Award 2011 and the Health Service Journal 2011 Awards for Innovation in Mental Health for our quality improvement system and Research Culture for our contribution to mental health research.

The Trust is committed to providing support and supervision for continuing professional development and we have an excellent track record for developing our psychology workforce.

The Resilience Hub has been developed in the wake of Covid-19 and is committed to enhancing mental health resilience and to support access to psychological treatment for healthcare workers involved in caring for service users during the pandemic.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification which outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

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 or learning disabilities (paid or voluntary)
  • Previous involvement in clinical audit, research or service evaluation.
  • Experience of using psychometric assessments.
  • Experience using statistical software packages .g. SPSS
  • experience of working with working age adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties
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.

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