Higher Assistant Psychologist

Durham, Durham, England
Full time
Job level
Qualified (non-manager)
2 Dec 2019
31 Dec 2019

Job Description

We are delighted to be able to offer this assistant post which will support the consultant clinical psychologist in mental health services for older people. Psychology is well established in all the areas and you will be joining a thriving and dynamic group of psychologists who will support your development. You will be working on the functional mental health ward in Durham.

You will demonstrate empathy towards our client group and experience of working with people with mental health problems or cognitive problems in any capacity would be beneficial. You will also demonstrate emotional resilience and a capacity to maintain a compassionate approach even in stressful situations. You will be part of an in-patient team and experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team would be helpful. Ideally, you will have had some experience in observing formulations and psychological assessment, and any evidence of group or individual work would be relevant. You will be well supported with regular supervision and access to CPD within the specialty and you will demonstrate how you use these structures to maintain safe practice for yourself and others.

You would be expected to contribute to the development of the wider team in their ability to work psychologically with our client group and to use psychological formulation and recovery/ person centred principles in their work.

Psychology has a strong and rapidly developing reputation within Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust for supporting organisational change, developing psychologically minded staff groups, and embedding research and outcome measures, within recovery and person centred care philosophies.

We provide excellent opportunities for peer support/supervision, CPD, and teaching/training. There are also strong links to the local Teesside D Clin Psy Programme as we are key providers of academic and clinical experience components both in terms of teaching and supervision.

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with an annual income of £320m and a workforce of some 6,700 staff operating from around 100 sites in Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire and York and Selby. We provide a range inpatient and community services to 2m people living in County Durham, the Tees Valley, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with eight 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 and are included within the Health Service Journal's Best 100 Places to Work. The trust take a positive and proactive approach to support staff in their personal development and has embedded the Talent Management approach within the Trust, with the vision of helping people to be as good as they can be, helping TEWV to do things better.

The post holder would be professionally led by the Consultant Psychologist and managed by the ward manager.

Applicants must ensure that prior to applying they have agreement from their current line manager that they can be released on a secondment basis.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is committed to the protection of staff, service users and visitors to the Trust from second hand smoke and currently operates a no smoking policy which ensures all buildings and grounds are smoke free.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from individuals who have experience of mental ill health or learning disabilities. Our service users and carers tell us our staff should be consistently concerned with maintaining and improving care with pride, empathy and compassion.

This job advert may close as soon as sufficient suitable applications have been received. If interested please apply for this post as soon as possible.

In order for your application to be successfully processed we will require references from your current and previous employer(s) which must cover a minimum period of three years. Please ensure that the reference section of your application is completed appropriately giving the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current and previous line manager(s). If this section is not fully completed your application may not be processed.

If your application is successful, the information you give on your application form will be used to create and be retained on your electronic staff record and to provide access to core Trust systems.

Please note that if the post you are apply

Ref: DDM6819

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