Higher Assistant Psychologist

Job Description


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification which outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, enthusiastic, and highly motivated Higher Assistant Psychologist for the Adult Mental Health central York community mental health team. This is a full-time, permanent position.

The successful applicant must have a good honours degree in psychology. Experience of working with adults of working age is essential for this post, as is experience of working on inpatient wards. Experience of developing and co-delivering therapeutic groups is required as this will form part of the assistant psychologist role. Co-delivering training to staff will also form part of the role and so strong presentation skills and an ability to engage the target audience is required. We are particularly looking for an individual who is committed to working in a trauma informed way and who can work collaboratively with other disciplines in order to support the successful discharge of patients back into the community. You must be motivated, possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to work autonomously as well as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Please Note: Early submission of your application is advisable as we often receive a high number of applications therefore the post may be subject to early closure.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be part of a psychology team consisting of the full-time HCPC registered consultant clinical psychologist and a second higher assistant psychologist. The applicant will receive regular clinical supervision from the consultant clinical psychologist. We provide excellent opportunities for peer support/supervision, CPD, teaching/training, and research and audit in line with strategic developments. There are also strong links to the local Teesside Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme and York St Johns Doctorate in Counselling Psychology Programme, as we are key providers of academic and clinical experience components both in terms of teaching and supervision. 

The role involves: -

  • Taking client histories and carrying out  structured and unstructured psychological assessment under the supervision of the qualified psychologist.

  • Delivering trauma informed psychological wellbeing interventions in line with a clients' care plan and reporting the progress of interventions to the qualified psychologist for further consideration.

  • Delivering psycho-educational sessions to clients.

  • Delivering group sessions including (but not  limited to) hearing voices group, managing anxiety, and managing emotions groups. 

  • Feeding back to members of the multidisciplinary team about client's distress and interventions carried out with them. 

  • Attending MDT meetings as appropriate (e.g. formulation meetings). 


Working for our organisation

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.

We are a multi-award winning trust, with accolades including the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists' Mental Health Service Provider of the Year Award 2011 and the Health Service Journal 2011 Awards for Innovation in Mental Health for our quality improvement system and Research Culture for our contribution to mental health research. 

The Trust is committed to providing support and supervision for continuing professional development and we have an excellent track record for developing our psychology workforce.


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