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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/04/2020.

Assistant Psychologist (Research)

Job Reference: 267-CS2357145

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Corporate Services
£21,892 to £24,157 per annum

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Applications are invited for a 0.4wte Assistant Research Psychology post (Band 4) for 15 months, at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford.

The post is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Early Youth Engagement in first episode psychosis (EYE-2) Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). The EYE-2 study is a multi-site pragmatic trial, funded by a grant from the National Institute for Health Research - Health Services and Delivery Research programme, with sites in South London, Manchester, Thames Valley, Cambridge-Norfolk and Hampshire. It will investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a motivational engagement intervention, provided at a service level, in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services, in improving engagement and other outcomes in young people with first episode psychosis.

The project team are international leaders in the psychosis field. The trial is led by Prof Kathryn Greenwood (University of Sussex), and Prof Belinda Lennox and Dr Louise Johns are leading the Thames Valley site. Other sites include Manchester, London, Cambridge-Norfolk and Hampshire.

The post-holder will be part of the wider EYE-2 research team and the local research team, which includes the site leads, another Research Psychology Assistant, a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) lead (Rachel Green), and the Lived Experience Advisory Panel (service users and carer team) for research processes. Their primary responsibility will be to conduct telephone assessments and interviews across a range of issues with EIP service users and past service users, to monitor, support and input blinded data collection, to rate date for reliability and to follow up people who have disengaged from services.

The successful candidate will be a graduate psychologist, with experience of working with people with mental health problems and experience of conducting research studies. They should have strong communication and engagement skills, and be flexible and confident in working with service users with psychosis, as colleagues and as research participants, and in working with clinicians in multidisciplinary teams to collect routine and research data. Training and supervision will be provided by the local and wider EYE-2 study team.

The post-holder will be based in the Warneford Hospital, Oxford, and will liaise closely with the four participating EIP services across the Thames Valley (Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Milton Keynes). They will be expected to travel between their base and these EIP services as part of the post.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Louise Johns 01865 902724.

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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