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Assistant Psychologist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Newton Abbot
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you someone looking to start a career in one of the UK's most respected mental health trusts?

Would you like to do a job that makes a difference every day?

An opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Psychologist role based within the Outside the Box Team, Offender Personality Disorder Pathway within HMP Channings Wood. The service has been operational for two years and is still developing, therefore this is an exciting time to join the service.

Outside the Box is distinctive in its set up as the team is a mixture of health staff working alongside prison officers. The team work in pairs running groups and interventions together. All our work at Outside the Box is underpinned by psychological theories and models. We offer a range of interventions for prisoners with personality difficulties from 1:1 reach outs through to groups and 1:1 therapy sessions with a qualified Psychologist. This client group can be challenging and hard to engage so enthusiasm and learning to live with frustrations and setbacks alongside a genuine passion to want to make a difference to peoples lives will be paramount.

Main duties of the job

Outside the Box aims to provide a recovery focused psychological service to support people to re-engage with their ordinary lives and prepare them for their life after prison.

You will work alongside the Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Psychologist and the wider team to deliver psychological interventions through both group work and 1:1 sessions.

You will support development and facilitation of psychoeducational groups as well as promoting psychological thinking within the team and wider prison system.

You will work with community services to develop links, with the aim of creating psychological understanding for people once they leave the prison and positive transitions to community services for service users.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further information on this role.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Significant experience as an assistant psychologist in a related setting
  • Relevant clinical and research skills
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Basic knowledge of databases, research skills and methodology
  • Experience of group work and individual therapeutic contact
  • Ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a health, mental health and offence context
  • Experience of working with people with complex needs
  • Experience of working with people with personality problems, preferably in a mental health or forensic setting
  • Experience of the use of psychometric tests
  • Experience working within the Criminal Justice System e.g. prison or probation
  • Experience of teaching health, prison or probation professionals
  • Lived experience of mental health issues
Qualifications Essential
  • Honours degree at 2:1 or above in psychology and the qualification renders the applicant eligible for graduate membership of the BPS or a BA or BSc (Hons) in modular studies incl. psychology & related fields
  • Further post graduate training in relevant area of professional psychology, health and social care practice, and / or research design and analysis
Additional Skills Essential
  • Communication Skills
  • To be able to communicate effectively under pressure and maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times.
  • To be able to provide and receive complex sensitive or contentious information in a potentially highly emotive atmosphere.
  • High standard of report writing.
  • Analytical & Judgement Skills
  • Ability to integrate complex data; make evaluations; produce psychological formulations and contribute to decisions.
  • To assimilate complex information and use reflective/analytic thinking, to apply psychological perspectives in work in a criminal justice setting
  • Planning & Organising Skills
  • Organisation and time management skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and cope with multiple demands. Capable of using initiative and organise work to agreed goals.
  • Ability to work independently and know when to ask for and use supervision, identifying when there is need for advice and using supervision at agreed intervals.
  • Small-scale project management skills.
  • IT Skills
  • Information technology skills. To have highly developed IT skills and good working knowledge of statistical packages
  • Physical Skills
  • Ability to sit in restricted positions for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ability to work independently within defined occupational procedures and use initiative.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity, and maintain own morale and motivation in challenging service delivery contexts.
  • Ability to travel between bases preferably being able to drive and having access to a vehicle.

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