Associate Psychological Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Band 5
Full Time
Associate Psychological Practitioner (APP) in Rossendale West Primary Care Network (PCN)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated band 5 APP to work within Rossendale West PCN. We have funding for one full-time role for the period of 12 months.

PCNs are a group of General Practice Surgeries who work together and share resources. Being part of the PCN team, you will work alongside other members of the 'behaviour change team', such as other mental health practitioners, social prescribers and health and wellbeing coaches.

Working across a PCN, you will provide assessments, structured formulations and brief psychological interventions to help meet presenting need and supporting your General Practice colleagues. You will be supervised by a Psychological professional. You will work closely with General Practice staff members and other mental health services and you may also work into the community, to help normalise mental health and teach others have to care for their emotional wellbeing. You will work as part of a team and contribute to the psychological understanding of distress and behaviour.

Main duties of the job
Please also see the attached Job Description for more details

The post-holder will work in a defined area of health and social care. This may be acute healthcare, mental health and/or community health. The post holder will work with people from different cultural backgrounds and of different ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

The post-holder will be required to conduct psychological assessments, develop structured formulations and deliver psychologically-informed, evidence based interventions under the supervision of an experienced clinical psychologist/ qualified psychological professional. This will include interventions appropriate to presenting need such as cognitive behavioural techniques, solution-focused approaches and mindfulness based skills.

Under the supervision of a qualified psychological professional, the Associate Psychological Practitioner's role will include completing psychological assessments, structured formulations and delivering, or supporting in the delivery of, psychological interventions.

To be able to build healthy and meaningful working relationships with colleagues from different professions in various settings

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A minimum of a second class honours degree or higher in psychology.
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Successful completion and pass on the Postgraduate Diploma Associate Psychological Practitioner (PGDip APP).
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrates an understanding of lifespan psychology applied to health care.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with psychological/mental health difficulties or other disabilities
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work across a number of different settings.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with who experience difficulties with mental health and/or physical health.
  • To have worked as part of a team in a clinical setting.
  • Experience of conducting research projects of service related audit.

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