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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/05/2021.

BAME Assistant Psychological Therapist (Assistant Psychologist)

Job Reference: 453-21-3143703

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
New Mill, Saltaire
£21,892 - £24,157 per annum

Bradford District Care Trust is an award-winning Trust that provides a range of innovative services that have been recognised as best practice nationally. As a provider of care for people of all ages who have mental and/or community health needs we are dedicated to providing a high quality service, close to where people live and as much as possible tailored to an individual’s needs.

The Trust’s purpose is to create connected communities and help people to feel as healthy as they can be at every point in their lives and our vision is to connect people to the best quality care, when and where they need it and be a national role model as an employer and provide our staff with the best place to work.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values:- We Care, We Listen, We Deliver

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people’s views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Job Overview

An exciting opportunity has become available for 3 Assistant Psychologists (Band 4) from the BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) community to join the Psychological Therapies Services in Bradford and Leeds. We recognise that many individuals who apply for Assistant Psychologist posts have a long-term goal of obtaining a place on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate. However, candidates from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups continue to be underrepresented on training courses. As a service we are committed to increasing representation and we have been allocated funding to provide paid opportunities for aspiring clinical psychologists with lived experience of being from a minority ethnic background.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates will each be based in a service which provides psychological input, the possible specialities include: Perinatal, Rehab and Recovery, Eating Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Older Peoples’ Service and Working Age). The successful applicants will be able to choose which speciality they would prefer to work in. The role will involve duties specific to the service, this may include:

  • Co facilitating psychological group interventions under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist
  • Engaging and liaising with local groups, particularly those who support BAME communities
  • Supporting service evaluations measuring the impact of psychological input within MDTs
  • To attend and support the administration of the Psychological Therapies Council

The successful candidate will be able to gain a good understanding of the role of clinical psychologists within the Trust, with many opportunities to shadow and observe clinical psychologists. They will be provided with training and CPD opportunities. In addition, they will be able to network with other Assistant Psychologists across the Trust and attend peer group supervisions.

The posts are offered on a temporary contract for a period of 9 months. We sincerely hope that opportunities for permanent roles will emerge to apply for over time, however, this cannot be guaranteed. The posts will be hosted by BDCFT, though placements may be available in LYPFT via a secondment arrangement. Placements will be offered in turn to the strongest candidates, in turn, at interview. Posts will be offered fulltime and part-time (to a minimum of 0.6wte), depending on the preference of the candidate and placements tailored to those requirements.


Closing date - 17th May 2021

Shortlisting date - 18th May 2021

Proposed interview date - 8th and 9th June 2021

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name :Diane Agoro

Job title :Clinical Psychologist

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Candidates applying for this vacancy are informed that preference will be given to Trust staff who are currently going through the organisational change process within the Trust and the role may be withdrawn from external candidates on this basis. In the event of this happening the Trust will inform candidates via their email address on NHS Jobs.

We would welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and in particular Bradford District Care Trust is keen to reflect the population we serve, we are currently under represented in terms of black and minority ethnic staff. Applications are encouraged from these groups but it must be stressed that selection will be solely on merit and in accordance with the Trust recruitment policy.

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and homes lives and support staff by offering a range of benefits including nursery facilities. We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

We want to understand how you demonstrate the values, skills and knowledge that we are looking for. Please ensure that you read the job description and person specification attached below as this will help you complete your application.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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