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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/07/2022.

Psychological Assistant

Job Reference: 274-LPFT8160

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Lincolnshire Secure Unit, Rookery Avenue
£22,549 to £24,882 pro rata

Here at LPFT, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

We employ around 2,700 staff who are pivotal in our success.

Do you want to join a Trust rated by our own staff as one of the best mental health trusts in England, located in a county heralded as a fantastic place to live and work?

We provide mental health, learning disability and autism services to a local population of over 755,000 across 45 sites, as well as specialist services for children and young people.

Psychology Assistant, substantive post (subject to job evaluation)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our dynamic and person-centred Child and Young Persons Health Team and we are looking for a psychology graduate eager to make a difference for children and young people, who must be enthusiastic, organised, focused and compassionate to join our dynamic multidisciplinary team. A new position has arisen for a highly motivated Psychological Assistant to join the Healthcare Team based at Lincolnshire Secure Unit in Sleaford. The post involves working directly with children and young people and their families, providing information, formulation, psychological assessments and interventions under the supervision and guidance of a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist. The applicant will need to be able to work in a busy service and be able to manage competing demands, balancing your own workload. The role requires contributions to an MDT, providing a therapeutic, safe climate which is embedded in trauma responsive and trauma informed practices.

The Lincolnshire Secure Unit is a Secure Childrens home and provides secure accommodation for up to 12 young people between 10 and 18 years of age who may have experienced various forms of abuse, display a wide variety of associated trauma related behaviour(s) and who may be the subject of appropriate legal orders.

There are two types of placements – Youth Justice Placements and Welfare Placements. The Youth Justice Board (YJB) will place young people in the Unit who are either on remand or serving a sentence for criminal behaviour. Young people on a Welfare Placement are not sentenced but secure accommodation may be the best way to guarantee their safety and welfare or to prevent them from causing harm to other people. The placements are made up of young people from a variety of backgrounds who can display difficult and challenging behaviour, symptomatic of a chaotic and sometimes abusive background.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s provides healthcare to the children and young people residing in the LSU. The healthcare team includes nursing, psychology, GP, psychiatry and administrative staff, providing Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, substance misuse support and a full range of primary physical healthcare and health promotion provision. This is individually tailored to each young person’s needs as decided by the holistic Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool and delivered through a comprehensive care plan. The successful applicant will also have an opportunity to learn and feel part of the wider CAMHS psychology network within LPFT.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to provide a child centred approach. We support out staff to do the best job they can. The successful applicant will be offered supervision and further training as required.

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment and selection processes are based on competence (see person specification) and values. We are looking for a minimum requirement of an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Before applying, we encourage to review the Trust’s Values and Behaviours which are based on the ‘6 C’s’, Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to our Team very soon.

We are leading the way with mental health transformation projects. Multi-million-pound schemes to transform patient environments and radically redesign community services are currently underway, as part of our commitment to reshaping the future of mental healthcare.

We believe the key to high quality patient care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in the Care Quality Commission rating us as ‘outstanding’ for well led and ‘good’ overall, and 75% of our staff recommending us as a place to work.

We offer options for flexible working and provide development pathways and opportunities. We have a proud partnership with the University of Lincoln and the Lincoln Medical School, which has expanded our academic offerings to nurture talent across the Trust.

We are committed to ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels. We are currently under-represented particularly at senior leadership level, so we welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those from the LGBT communities.

We support and celebrate diversity. We have active staff network groups for Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME), Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender (LGBT+), staff with Mental and Physical Lived Experience (MAPLE) and our dedicated groups for men and women. We are a Silver Standard Employer with ENEI, were in the top 100 organisations in the county within the Stonewall Index (in 2019), and have been a finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Mental Health Trust of the Year Award two years in a row.

We offer 24-hour services within our Inpatient, Crisis and SPA teams, if you are successfully appointed to posts in these areas or others that might have specified, you will be required to work unsociable hours and shift patterns.

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