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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/11/2019.

Assistant Psychologist

Job Reference: 833-AG-CS-623-19

(CS) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£21,089 to £23,761 per annum (pro rata)

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

Are you interested in developing your skills?

The Intensive Positive Behaviour Support (IPBS) Service in Leeds is a new service which has been developed to support children and young people who present with behaviours that challenges and their families. The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team, who offer intensive support to a small number of families whose children are at imminent risk of needing a residential placement or admission into CAMHS hospital due to their level of behaviour that challenges. The service will use Positive Behaviour Support as a framework and will work systemically alongside a wider team of professionals to deliver a specialist support package to families.

Clinical interventions will be provided predominantly in families' homes, educational environments and other settings as required. A cornerstone of this service will be effective multi-agency liaison.

Planned working outside of normal 9-5 hours will be required in order to carry out comprehensive assessments and interventions.

The Role
The post-holder will be involved in the full range of service activities, including: assisting qualified psychologists in delivering interventions with individuals or groups; assessment of individuals or groups, e.g. direct observation, formal psychometric assessments and semi-structured interview; literature searches and research; collating patient histories, producing information leaflets, writing reports delivering training and finding web resources. In addition there will be opportunities to develop patient participation and embed routine outcome measurement as a cornerstone of CAMHS clinical practice. The post-holder will have the opportunity to develop both an operational and strategic understanding of service delivery and will gain insight into how different teams and specialist clinics function.

It is anticipated that the service will work closely with multiple agencies including the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Education (SILCS) and Children and Family Services in Leeds.

About You
For both positions we welcome applications from graduates with a first class or upper second class honours degree in Psychology and previous experience of working within a learning disability context.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, a high standard of computer literacy and the ability to work under your own initiative, Enthusiasm and good organisational skills are also essential.

The Child and Adolescent Psychology Group in Leeds Community Health care consists of 16 Clinical Psychologists, working across a diverse range of settings. We have strong links to the University of Leeds DClinPsychol Training course and are committed to ongoing professional development.

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
What now?

Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the Team Manager, Pedzai Tsungu 0113 278 4895, for further discussion as part of their application.

If you are applying on a secondment basis, please ensure you have the approval of your Line Manager prior to applying.

In your application, at the beginning of the "Supporting Information" section, please include a paragraph (about 150 words) to answer the following question: Why is routine clinical outcome monitoring an important component of a high quality Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service?"
We usually have a great response when we recruit for assistant psychologist posts. In these circumstances we may need to close this vacancy before the closing date.

If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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