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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/08/2022.

Senior Assistant Psychologist

Job Reference: 274-LPFT8256

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Lincolnshire CAMHS Learning Disability Team
To be confirmed - Boston, Grantham, Louth, or Lincoln.
£25,655 to £31,534 pa

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.

Senior Assistant Psychologist

In October 2007 Lincolnshire Partnership became the first NHS mental health organisation to become a foundation trust in the East Midlands. We operate from 56 sites providing services in Lincolnshire & North East Lincolnshire, employing around 2000 staff.
In a recent CQC inspection we were awarded: Overall rating GOOD, with our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service rated as OUTSTANDING
Our work is increasingly community based and we provide people with a wide variety of mental health, learning disability and social care needs in close partnership with colleagues in local councils, GPs, charitable and voluntary organisations and of course, focusing on regular work with services users, carers, and their representatives.
An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated Senior Assistant Psychologist to join our dynamic and person-centred Children and Adolescent Mental Health Learning Disability Team for a 12-month fixed term contract.

Lincolnshire’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) are passionate about our children and young people services which provide specialist mental health assessment and interventions for children and young people with complex and enduring mental health problems, including those with a Learning Disability.

We are looking for a psychology graduate with experience of working within CAMHS since graduating as a psychologist, and who is eager to make a difference for children and young people who have a diagnosed moderate to severe Learning Disability, who must be enthusiastic, organised, focused and compassionate to join our dynamic multidisciplinary team.

The CAMHS Learning Disability Team provides a county wide service, which covers hubs based in Lincoln, Grantham, Boston, and Louth. The team is a multi-disciplinary team, and the successful applicant will work alongside the following professions, a Consultant Psychiatrist, Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Practitioners, Learning Disability Nurses, Social Worker, Learning Disability Teacher and an Occupational Therapist to complete assessments, observations, and direct intervention work in both a home, school, and respite setting, which includes offering advocacy and signposting to other services.

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 Qualified Clinical 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 post holder will also support the transitions between services for children and young people who have a learning disability. The applicant may also get the opportunity to become involved in-service development and research/audit opportunities.

This is a unique opportunity to consider if you are thinking about experiencing working within CAMHS or the county of Lincolnshire, and we hope to attract people with a forward-thinking approach to the next step in their career.

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 Honours degree in Psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society and additional training specific to assessing and/or working therapeutically with children and young people and their parents / carers.

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.

For further information please contact Katie Tempest, Team Coordinator CAMHS Learning Disability on

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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