Assistant Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated assistant psychologist with an interest in working within forensic mental health to join our team at Ravenswood House Hospital. This post offers exciting opportunities to provide high quality psychological input to people with complex needs. Ravenswood provides care for adult male service users with a range of presentations, including severe and enduring mental health problems, complex trauma and risk and forensic needs. We work to a recovery based ethos, putting the individual service user at the centre of all we do. Ravenswood House has both medium and low secure wards, so the successful candidate will get experience of working with patients across both levels of security.

The successful applicant will be working within a diverse team comprising of clinical and forensic psychologists, trainee psychologists, clinical nurse specialists, an art therapist, music therapist, a psychotherapist and a substance misuse practitioner. There is a commitment within the Psychological Therapies Service to professional development and you will receive direct support, supervision and training from a qualified practitioner Psychologist.

In the supporting information section of the application, please use up to 1000 words to follow the standard instructions as stated on the form, and up to 500 words on a statement about the challenges of working psychologically within secure services.

Applications will not be considered without this statement.

Main duties of the job
This is a clinical role where the principal purpose is to improve the psychological health and wellbeing of individuals with mental health difficulties who are inpatients within Secure Services. The successful candidate will be confident working within a Recovery Focussed Model. Clinical responsibilities may include the administration of psychometric and neuropsychological assessments, and the delivery of group and individual psychological interventions. The successful candidate will also be required to assist in clinically related administration, collection of statistics, and development of audit and/or research projects across the service, as well as assisting with any teaching and project work undertaken by members of the Psychological Therapies Service (PTS). The successful candidate will receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance with Trust policy and with Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the British Psychological Society or appropriate designated Professional Body. Management and supervision will primarily be provided by a designated Practitioner Psychologist. The postholder will be expected to make good use of the expertise of others within the service to further develop their clinical skills with this client group, and will receive additional supervision from other clinicians within the PTS when undertaking therapeutic work within their specialist areas.
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Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

Responsibilities in this area will be undertaken under the supervision of a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical or Forensic). This may involve assisting in psychological assessments of clients, including neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, direct/indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service users and others involved in the service user's care.

Additional clinical responsibilities will include assisting in the co-ordination and facilitation of group and individual work, as well as preparation of materials and collating evaluations. Supervision will be provided by clinical nurse specialists or qualified therapists/psychologists with an interest/specialism in the relevant area.

To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner with patients who may have specific difficulties in understanding and/or communicating and who may be hostile, antagonistic or highly emotionally disturbed. To demonstrate awareness of diversity issues.

To attend and contribute to appropriate multidisciplinary meetings, and provide advice, guidance and consultation on psychological aspects of patient care to colleagues, other service providers, patients, supporters and families.

To assist in the development of a psychologically-based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service.

To work within the context of security and risk management pertinent to a forensic mental health setting, and to relay any concerns to supervisor or senior PTS staff.

To tolerate and manage verbal abuse and occasional physical aggression. There is a mandatory requirement for PRISS training.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A First or Upper Second class honours degree in psychology.
  • Entitlement to graduate membership and the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society.
  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant/related area.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of supervised practice in adolescent, mental health and/or forensic services as an assistant psychologist, research assistant, or equivalent.
  • Ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a forensic mental health context.
  • Further training in clinical setting forensic services.
  • Training in one or more psychological therapy.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient.
  • Confident in the administration and scoring of a range of psychometrics and neuropsychological assessments.
  • Experience in or good understanding/knowledge of the Intensive Support Programme (ISP).
  • An understanding of criminogenic factors relevant to assessment of risk in mentally disordered offenders.
  • Training and/or experience in the use of structured professional judgement tools to assess risk.

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