Higher Assistant Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 5
Full Time
An opportunity has become available for a Higher Assistant Psychologist (fixed term - 12 months) to join the Mental Health Team in HMP Northumberland. We are looking for an experienced psychology graduate, preferably with some experience of working in secure mental health/prison settings.

The Mental Health team iscommitted to delivering high quality care to patients in prison. The model of service delivery aims to provide timely, evidence-based and accessible mental health assessment and treatment to meet the needs of prisoners. The post within the mental health teams provide a fantastic opportunity to develop clinically whilst based within an enthusiastic and supportive team.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop clinical skills as well as skills in audit, research and the development and delivery of training. You will gain vital experience of multi disciplinary working.

As a service we provide extensive training and learning opportunities which can help in progressing with a career in psychology. We also provide extensive supervision to support your learning and development.

Main duties of the job

The Higher Assistant Psychologist will be an integral part of the team and the role is primarily a clinical role, although there will also be an expectation that the post holder has an active role in audit and service evaluation. The Higher Assistant Psychologist will also be involved in training and supporting the team in the use of routine outcome measures.

The Higher Assistant Psychologist will be directly involved in assessment and intervention with those who have offended, both individual and group therapies. The post holder will work under the supervision of the team's Psychologist, and there is a high level of additional support and supervision embedded into the team's way of working.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description Job responsibilities

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 Academys 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.

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)
  • 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.
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.
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.

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