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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 08/03/2022.

Assistant Psychologist Band 5

Job Reference: 201-22-356

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Penwith MH Team
Penwith, Kerrier, Carrick ICMHT, Penzance
£25,655 - £31,534 Per annum

Thank you for your interest in joining us at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We pride ourselves in striving to be an employer of choice.

Great Care We will deliver safe, high quality, consistent and personalised care based on best practice. We are working to be a responsive organisation that listens and learns.

Great Organisation We work to be a green organisation, and our sustainability plan will deliver NHS net zero targets. We will support quality care, research and innovation. All our work will be underpinned by clear and transparent principles and systems.

Great People We will work together with our staff to create an organisation that supports our collective health and wellbeing. We will attract, retain and develop great people, and embed a caring, open, inclusive and restorative just culture that supports us to deliver quality care.

Great Partner With our partners we will deliver health care that improves people’s quality of life, prevents ill health and reduces inequalities. We will spend our money wisely to achieve high quality outcomes that matter to local people.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or a flexible pattern. In addition, although the role advertised may have a ‘home’ office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Successful applicants will be an NHS employee and may therefore have contact with vulnerable service users. During the C19 pandemic, it has been necessary to take significant steps to protect the health and safety of our staff, service users and those attending our sites. Unless exempt, we encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against C19.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Assistant Psychologists to join our Adult Community Mental Health Services in the West of Cornwall. You will join a growing team of psychological professionals, including practitioner psychologists, clinical associate psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists, psychological therapists, mental health well-being practitioners and psychology interns. You will work alongside these and other MDT colleagues to deliver and support the psychological care of adults with complex and enduring mental health needs who have often experienced significant trauma.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of duties, including provision of individual and group interventions, administration of clinical assessments, reviewing and synthesising information in clinical records, contributing to audit and joint working, and attending MDT meetings. Weekly clinical supervision and regular in-house training will be provided to support your practice, safeguard your well-being, and assist your continuing professional development. In addition, there will be opportunities to pursue externally-provided training according to your skills and interests, such the Masters-level Clinical Associate Psychologist training and Health Education England-funding training in psychological therapies (CBT, DBT, etc.).

You will have at least a good Honours degree (high 2:1 or above) that confers the BPS Graduate Basis for Registration. Previous experience as an Assistant Psychologist or in another health or social care role would be beneficial, as would experience of providing psychological interventions. You will also be expected to support outcome measures collection and audit and to produce reports under supervision. Currently, our staff are working from both home and work bases.

If you are not already based in Cornwall, it is a fantastic place to live and work, with beautiful natural landscapes, stunning beaches, surfing, sailing and other outdoor pursuits and a relaxed, laid-back pace of life. There are excellent development opportunities for aspiring psychologists, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for an informal conversation about how we can support your career aspirations.

If you would like to know more, we would love to have an informal conversation with you. Please contact Dr Ben Green, Lead for Psychological Professions, Cornwall ICMHTs on or 07826 893486.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Interviews will be offered either face to face or via video and will take place on or around 16th March 2022.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Dr Ben Green

Job title: Lead for Psychological Professions

Email address:

Telephone number: 07826893486

We are proud to prioritise the development of our people and have the following opportunities available:

  • Career conversations with development plans for succession planning and talent management
  • Protected CPD time for registered staff
  • Access to a central development fund supporting CPD for all staff
  • Leadership and Management programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • Clinical induction programme for operational skills
  • Access to a care certificate programme for band 1-4 clinical staff
  • A preceptorship programme to support newly qualified staff
  • Individual professional development programmes

Being part of a successful NHS Foundation Trust brings a portfolio of rewards and benefits for our staff. These include:

  • Suite of health and wellbeing initiatives to support colleagues physical and mental health
  • Free access to individual HARP portfolios to support revalidation for nursing staff
  • Free DBS checks where required
  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

The Trust reserves the right to close this advert once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process you will be contacted via email regarding interview details.

We are committed to diversity and equality of employment including the employment of current and former service users.

If you are successful, you agree to Occupational Health accessing your health records from your current or previous employer to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. Appointments are subject to full three year satisfactory references therefore please ensure you include correct contact details for your nominated referees including email addresses.

Any general recruitment queries, please contact our recruitment team on 01208 834644

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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