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Higher Assistant Psychologist

Employer
Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Lanchester Road
Salary
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Profession
Psychologist
Service
Adult
Grade
Band 5
Hours
Full Time
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We are looking for five Higher Assistant Psychologists to work in one of our two new services within Health and Justice.

There are three vacancies in the new Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) element of Community Sentence Treatment Requests.

The MHTR is one of the twelve options available to magistrates and judges. The MHTR provides a mechanism to ensure that certain offenders with mental health problems who are given a Community Order are able to access appropriate treatment.

This service is to provide the primary care element of the MHTR.

The second service, Enhanced Reconnect involves working alongside Spectrum Community Health CIC as prime provider. TEWV will be delivering a holistic pathway for the management of high complexity and high-risk offenders. The Enhanced Reconnect service will build upon the Reconnect programme, providing an enhanced, specialist pathway of care to prisoners throughout the release period addressing health and wellbeing needs, including social care, mental health, substance misuse and primary care. This service will focus on supporting and engaging individuals who may not be able to access the care provision designed for them.

Both services are psychologically led, trauma-informed and neurodiverse.

Main duties of the job

The MHTR rolecovers the courts in Durham and Cleveland and has a community, primary care focus.

The Enhanced Reconnect role is linked to all the North East Prisons with work in the prisons and the community required.

Both services require psychological assessment and intervention. There is extensive partnership working required in both roles.

The roles sit within wider teams and you will receive weekly supervision from an experienced psychologist.

About us

We offer a wide range of professional development opportunities and training and encourage individuals to further develop their own clinical skills and experience. We also have a large research agenda within the Forensic Service and encourage individuals to pursue this.

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.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key aspects of the role have been listed below;
  • Experience working as a psychology assistant (orequivalent).
  • Experience working with people with mental illhealth or learning disabilities (paid or voluntary).
  • Previous involvement in clinical audit, research orservice evaluation.
  • Ability to relate therapeutically to the needs ofclients and in a way that addresses psychologicalresistance.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of theMDT to provide an effective service.
  • Plan and organise effectively to meet requiredtimescales

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

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Psychology
  • Eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
Desirable
  • 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
Skills Essential
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of the MDT to provide an effective service
  • Ability to relate therapeutically to the needs of clients and in a way that addresses psychological resistance.
  • Plan and organise effectively to meet required timescales.
Knowledge Essential
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental ill health or learning disabilities.


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