Assistant Psychologist

Job Title: Assistant Psychologist
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: Grantham
Salary: £25,000 depending on experience
Job Published: September 28, 2021 16:35

Job Description

Young Peoples – Multi-disciplinary Assessments & Therapy Services (YP-MATS)

Assistant Psychologist

Edison Education is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Assistant Psychologist to join the YP-MATS team. The successful candidate will be a psychology graduate, eligible for registration with the British Psychological Society or the British Association for Counselling and psychotherapy, working under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologist/Consultant Psychotherapist. Some existing clinically relevant experience would be desirable especially with children and young people or complex settings.

The role will be to support the YP-MATS team in working with the children and young people in our schools and residential homes, at The Place Young Peoples Company (TPYPC) and Unity. The primary role is to coordinate YP-MATS activity, working with the Area Manager for TPYPC.  This will include:

  • Tasking members of the YP-MATS team, according to the relevant programme a child/YP.
  • Co-ordinating reviews and reports from the YP-MATS team.

Staff support and training is also part of the role. Key duties will include data collection, assessments, observations, consultation and delivering time limited therapeutic interventions (under supervision). Contributing to literature searches, audits, service evaluations and research activities as service development will also be part of the role. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with members of the multidisciplinary team and inter-agency professionals and teams.

We are very supportive of Assistant Psychologists wishing to pursue Doctoral training.

We will reserve the right to close applications prior to the closing date should we receive a high volume of applications. If you apply for this post but do not hear back from us with 4 weeks of the closing date please assume that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion.

Post: Assistant Psychologist

Hours of Work: Full time

Department: YP-MATS

Reporting to: Chief Executive Edison Education

Accountable to: Clinical Lead – YP-MATS

Salary £25,000 depending on experience

Job summary

The assistant psychologist will be based in the YP-MATS team and will be providing supervised psychological input to the homes and schools of TPYPC (based near Grantham). Assisting with the provision of specialist clinical psychology/psychotherapy support to clients. Contributing to psychological assessment and therapy. Providing advice and consultation to support staff and other professionals as part of the multi-disciplinary team. Supporting the teaching and training of support staff and other professionals. Working collaboratively with members of the multi-disciplinary team and inter-agency professionals/teams.

Key tasks

  1. To contribute to the delivery and monitoring of psychological interventions with individuals, staff and/or groups within the teams/services under the direct supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist, as appropriate.
  2. To undertake protocol based psychological assessments including questionnaires, neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect observations and semi-structured interviews as directed.
  3. To assist in the formulation and delivery of support plans involving the psychological treatment and/or management of clients under the supervision of a clinical psychologist.
  4. To develop and prepare teaching and training materials as required by the YP-MATS.
  5. Provide training and teaching packages.
  6. To provide staff consultation and advice regarding psychological well-being and mental health for clients.
  7. To administer, analyse and report on outcome and service user experience measures.
  8. In providing psychological support to the YP-MATS, liaise with other members of the multi-disciplinary team and other inter-agency professionals/teams.
  9. Communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner to clients, support and management staff regarding information which may be sensitive, complex or distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients. This includes individuals who may have significant emotional/psychological health needs, learning difficulties/disabilities or there may be other barriers to understanding.
  10. Maintain a high standard of clinical record keeping and report writing in accordance with BPS professional codes of practice.
  11. To observe the professional codes of practice and ethical guidelines of the British Psychological Society and maintain a high level of professionalism.
  12. To be aware of and comply with all relevant departmental and organisational policies and procedures and these include safeguarding and confidentiality issues.

Teaching, training and supervision

  1. To receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with professional practice guidelines.
  2. Attend Clinical meetings and attend team meetings at residential homes and schools as required.
  3. To undertake mandatory and statutory training as required.
  4. To develop skills and competencies that assist in the delivery of current duties.
  5.  Contribute to and participate in the training and support of service staff, under supervision.
  6. To attend courses and training sessions that will benefit professional development.
  7. Maintain an up to date knowledge of legislation, best practice guidelines, local and national policies relating to the client group, looked after children and mental health and well-being.
  8. All written reports and guidelines or treatment plans must be countersigned by a qualified clinical psychologist.

Research and Service Evaluation

  1. To be involved in the design and implementation of audit and research projects.
  2. To undertake data collection, analysis, the production of reports and summaries using IT and statistical programmes.
  3. Utilise NICE guidance, theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other staff members.
  4. To work flexibly, in response to service user needs as agreed with their line manager and/or supervising clinical psychologist.


  1. Experience with Children and Young People in Care is desirable.
  2. Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team is desirable.
  3. This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities and the postholder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with their line manager and supervising clinical psychologist.
  4. This job description will be regularly reviewed in light of changing service requirements and any changes will be discussed with the post holder.
  5. Organise own workload under the direct support and supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist and line manager.
  6. The post holder is expected to comply with relevant policies, procedures and guidelines including those that relate to Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information.