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Assistant Psychologist

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    Healthcare / Welfare

  • Salary:

    £21892 - £24157

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  • Published:

    1 day ago

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  • Client:

    Northumbria Water

Job Description

We would like to recruit a full time research assistant to support an exciting study investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of Psychological therapy for people with Psychosis and PTSD. We know that people with psychosis experience high levels of adversity and trauma and we want to undertake a study that will help evaluate whether targeting trauma with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy brings benefits in terms of symptoms of PTSD and psychosis. This is a 17 month post funded by an award from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for a multisite Randomised Controlled Trial (STAR trial: Study of trauma and recovery) to evaluate a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for psychosis (TF-CBTp) for people with post-traumatic stress and psychosis symptoms. TF-CBTp integrates standard psychological therapies for PTSD and for psychosis (Keen et al, 2017). The post-holder will be responsible for helping to promote the study, recruit participants and undertake the baseline, end of treatment and follow up assessments. Training and supervision will be provided by the research leads in the Star trial team, and locally by Robert Dudley. The post holder will be expected to travel across the North East as the study will potentially recruit from CNTW and TEWV trusts; to help with promotion of the trial and to help with recruitment, alongside the Research Therapist and site leads (Rob Dudley, and Professor Douglas Turkington). The research assistant will be required to liaise with the referring teams throughout the delivery of therapy, and to follow trial procedures for completing clinical record forms, and documenting Serious Adverse Events. They will also liaise closely with the Trial team in London and the local PI, and with the wider trial team. The overall project lead is Dr Emmanuelle Peters at IoPPN KCL London, together with a large team of co-applicants and collaborators: South London: Dr Nadine Keen; Dr Amy Hardy; Prof Richard Emsley (statistician); Prof Sarah Byford (Health Economist); Manchester: Prof Tony Morrison; Dr Filippo Varese; Dr Eleanor Longden, Dr Samantha Bowe; Oxford: Prof Craig Steel; Sussex: Prof Kathryn Greenwood, Dr Nick Grey, Prof David Fowler; Newcastle: Dr Robert Dudley, Prof Douglas Turkington. We are seeking someone motivated, and excited by the prospect of participating in a large multisite research trial. You will have a core undergraduate training as a psychologist, and an interest in research and in contributing to a large scale treatment study. It would desirable if you have an understanding of PTSD and Psychosis. The successful candidate will start work on the 1^st September 2021. We will train you and support you and ensure you are ready for the tasks we ask you to undertake. Some of this training will likely be delivered at other sites including in London so some flexibility and willingness to attend training is needed. You will join a busy research group that are involved in delivery of a number of research studies. This will provide excellent opportunities for someone interested as a career in research or progressing towards clinical training. The post is based at Dryden education centre, working alongside the Early Intervention in Psychosis team. The selection process involves formal interview and you will require Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced clearance before commencement of duties. We hope to interview in mid to late June on a date to be confirmed but provisionally is set for the 22nd June. Interviews are likely to be via zoom/ Microsoft Teams.

Employer Description

Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria. We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year. We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. To be a leader in the delivery of high quality care and a champion for those we serve. CNTW values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer. We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award. The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.