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Clinical Associate Psychologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Wells or Yeovil (BA20 2BX)
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Psychologist, Community mental health nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a challenge? Are you passionate about improving the lives of people who present with complex mental health issues? Are you keen to apply your skills and gain new experience working with people who may be experiencing a crisis in their lives? If your answers are yes we think we have a great job for you!

We are looking for qualified Clinical Associate Psychologist with the passion, skills and determination to help support our Inpatient and Urgent Care Service, in the east of the county.

Clinical Associate Psychologists are key members of our team who offer psychological assessment and formulation, and provide brief and short-term interventions for people who are either admitted to acute adult mental health wards, or are working with the Home Treatment Teams (previously known as crisis teams). You will work under the supervision of a Practitioner Psychologist.

The Adult Acute Ward Teams and Home Treatment Teams are multidisciplinary teams of Nurses, Doctors, Occupational Therapists and Activities Coordinators, Social Workers, Support Workers or Health Care Assistants, Peer Support Workers, and Psychology. The teams work together to consider the best intervention for a particular person at a particular time, and psychology is a valuable part of this care. You will contribute to teaching and staff wellbeing.

There is a wider network of CAPs other Psychologists and Psychological Therapists across Somerset NHS Foundation Trust which you will be part of.

Main duties of the job

Contributing a psychological perspective to the multi-disciplinary teams.

Assessment, formulation and planning of interventions. Delivery of brief and short interventions, both group and individual.

Development and delivery of training for multi-disciplinary colleagues. Supporting staff wellbeing.

Being an active member of the inpatient and urgent care psychology team.

Contributing to projects and service development initiatives.

About us

You will be joining a dynamic and supportive culture, in an innovative NHS Trust, which has a commitment to trauma informed care.

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations (appraisals), not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description for detailed information about the main responsibilities for this role.

We welcome enquiries about the post and service.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Masters in Clinical Associate Psychology
  • Membership of the British Psychological Society for professional regulation.
  • Further substantial training in an evidence based psychological intervention.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of therapeutic basis of clinical psychology as applied to adult mental health.
  • Knowledge and skills in risk assessment and management.
  • Excellent communication skills, especially in clinical contexts.
  • Knowledge of the application of psychological approaches to inpatient and urgent care.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in adult mental health in the NHS.
  • Experience of delivering evidence based psychological interventions.
  • Experience of psychological assessment and formulation leading to recommendations.
  • Experience of working in inpatient and urgent care.
  • Experience of working in other mental health contexts, e.g. charities, voluntary agencies, or other areas of mental health e.g. later life.
  • Experience of teaching multi-disciplinary teams.
Other Essential
  • Trauma informed, compassionate and professional.
  • The ability to reflect on and learn from experience.

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