Assistant Psychologist

Assistant Psychologist Norwich, England

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust
Full Time Norwich, England 25147 - 27596 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, learning disability, wellbeing, older people's and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

At any one time, around 23,000 people in Norfolk and Suffolk are receiving care and attention from the Trust. We believe in whole life care - seeing people in the context of their whole lives, understanding the importance of good physical health, friends, family, spirituality, culture, home, work, education and a sense of purpose and achievement to experience good mental health.

Nearly 3,200 full and part-time practitioners care for our service users in hospitals, in the community and in their own homes, whilst an additional 900+ staff provide non-clinical support, including cleaning, delivering supplies, ward administration, information technology, human resources and financial services.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and want to reflect the diversity of our local communities within our teams. We welcome applications from all talented individuals with the relevant qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

We will consider flexible working arrangements for our roles, please indicate in your application if this is something you require

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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Job overview

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to use your skills, experience and education in helping to implement and evaluate system-wide psychologically informed, brief interventions across our clinical services? If the answer is yes, read on.

Main duties of the job

We’re developing a set of materials and training, for staff who are working with service users with a range of different needs. This broad reaching project includes the development of workbooks (and associated training) on topics such as Formulation, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Anxiety and other approaches / needs. You don’t need to be trained in those approaches as you will be working with subject matter experts and people with lived experience, but this is an opportunity to learn more, upskilling others as well as yourself.

Working for our organisation

You’ll work within a small and friendly project team based at Hellesdon Hospital, and will be engaging with staff and service users across the organisation. You’ll also have the opportunity to deliver clinical work under the supervision of a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, providing brief behavioural interventions, trauma stabilisation and emotional regulation work.

Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

NSFT is committed to lifelong learning and continuous professional development (CPD) for its entire staff. There are a variety of definitions of CPD across the professions but it is usually taken to mean learning activities which update existing skills.

CPD is determined through appraisal with a personal development plan agreed between an individual and their manager, with the commitment of the necessary time and resources.

Interviews are to be confirmed, candidates may only be given a minimum of 3 days’ notice, please note this date is provisional and may be subject to change. You will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To support the development and implementation of trust-wide Psychologically Informed Workbooks, Formulation and Safety Planning initiatives
  • To liaise with internal stakeholders including people with lived experience to develop workbooks and associated training materials
  • To manage information and materials on intranet pages and teams channels
  • To co-create and co-deliver training for the above initiatives
  • To co-ordinate audit and service evaluation in relation to those initiatives
  • To work closely with our Quality Improvement team and education and training as required

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BPS Accredited degree in Psychology


Essential criteria
  • Experience of quantitative research
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of research in the NHS


Essential criteria
  • Skills using microcomputers for databases or date analysis
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to patients and colleagues. Presentation skills.


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of Mental Health & quantitative research. High standard of report writing. An understanding of psychology applied to health care.
Desirable criteria
  • An understanding of the needs & difficulties of people with mental health problems or other disabilities. An ability to apply existing knowledge to a mental health context.


Essential criteria
  • An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines. An ability to interact with clients with mental health problems. Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently with work agreed and managed at regular intervals. Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately & effectively. Ability to travel independently.

Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks - Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

FOR POSTS WITH DIRECT SERVICE USER CONTACT - Please be advised that due to recent changes in the DBS Service, organisations no longer receive copies of DBS Disclosures – these are sent directly to candidates only. Therefore, it will be your responsibility, if successful, to ensure that this is taken to the appointing officer as soon as you receive it.

Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

The Trust has now introduced a DBS Update Service which is a contractual requirement. You need to subscribe when you have applied for your DBS clearance and there is a time limit to subscribe of 19 days after receipt of your DBS disclosure. Please ensure that this is completed within the set time scale.

This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Assistant Psychologist
Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust
Norwich, United Kingdom
Michael Scott
$100 to $500 million (USD)
1001 to 5000 Employees
Healthcare Services & Hospitals
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