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Higher Assistant Psychologist

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    £24907 - £30615

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    1 day ago

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  • Client:

    Northumbria Water

Job Description

Both roles provide an exciting opportunity for an experienced Assistant Psychologist to work within inpatient services with service users experiencing a range of complex mental health difficulties. Both roles will involve working as part of a multidisciplinary team using a biopsychosocial model. The roles involve providing specialist assessment including cognitive and psychometric assessments, formulation and both individual and group interventions for service users. There will be opportunities to develop skills in formulation and to contribute to and evaluate MDT formulation meetings. Experience of Positive Behaviour Support would also be advantageous. The successful candidates will be supported by experienced Clinical Psychologists who also work into the wards. Service specific training We believe in the development of all our staff and the post holder will be encouraged to engage in continued professional development through training and studying. Additional skills and competencies and duties required to fulfil the role. It is essential that Applicants have previous experience of working as an Assistant Psychologist. It would be beneficial to have experience of psychometric and cognitive assessment and of communicating complex assessment results to the MDT in an understandable and accessible way. In addition, applicants should have experience of working in a highly emotive environment and of direct working with individuals who may be in distress as this post could involve such situations. Previous experience of working within an adult mental health service is desirable. The post requires significant MDT working and so we are looking for applicants who have an interest and enthusiasm for this way of working. Furthermore, we are looking for applicants with the ability to effectively summarise large amounts of information to help to inform formulation sessions. The post holders will be part of a strong inpatient team in Sunderland. This team is part of a valued trust wide psychological service providing input into community based and specialist services across the lifespan.

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. An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Permanent Higher Assistant Psychologists to work into the Adult Acute Inpatient service and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at Hopewood Park, Sunderland. Post 1: working across Springrise and Shoredrift wards which are both 18-bedded adult male acute inpatient wards. Post 2: working across Longview, which is an 18-bedded female acute inpatient ward, and Beckfield, which is a 14-bedded Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.