Job Title: Psychologist
Contract Type: Flexible
Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Job Published: January 24, 2020 10:14

Job Description

Psychologist - ITV Studios


Provision of services/ Freelance role

At ITV, we love creating some of the nation's best-loved and most-watched TV programmes. The team behind the UK's largest commercial family of channels, we create and distribute high-quality content across multiple platforms. It takes a collaboration of creative, commercial and global thinkers to make things happen. Everyone plays their part. If you're curious, collaborative, open minded and always look to do things better - you'll love building your career here.

Are you a registered Psychologist, could you help productions protect and preserve the mental health and wellbeing of crew & programme participants - offering support and advice to ensure any risks to mental health are assessed properly and that appropriate mitigation is put in place in the context of editorial needs whilst maintaining the standards set out in the ITV Duty of Care Charter & by Ofcom regulations?

ITV Productions are looking for a Psychologist to offer productions independent expert psychological advice to provide a professional overview to help manage risks during casting, filming and for an aftercare period to manage the mental health of cast and crew. Assist productions to put in place assessment and support arrangements that are suitable and sufficient to manage mental health risks.  Those arrangements will take account of both the programme format and the vulnerabilities of participants and crew.

You should be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist, whether that’s as a clinical psychologist, occupational psychologist, counselling psychologist, sports & exercise psychologist or a health psychologist. You must be a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol) or equivalent, and ideally have a higher degree (Masters or Doctorate) in a psychological discipline.

The role will not normally involve patient contact but the candidate will be required to advise on challenging situations that arise and may, exceptionally, provide direct clinical support to production and contributors/crew.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Duty of Care Executive and H&S team to offer advice on specific cases or individuals needing additional aftercare and support. The role will be working closely with Dr Paul Litchfield as our expert adviser and our Duty of Care Executive. Reporting to Group Risk Director and Director of Production. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential to the role, and you must have had experience of psychological assessments.

This role will help implement the right level of psychological assessments and support, helping to standardise the process where possible but remain flexible due to the wide variety of programmes that ITV studios makes.

You will advise production and/or Group Risk on the inherent risks to mental health and wellbeing of proposed programmes – ideally before they are commissioned.

You will ensure that during Pre-production and casting arrangements are in place to provide the production team with an appropriate level of professional advice to identify any specific risks to participants’ mental health by participating in the show.

You will devise or quality assure procedures and documentation designed to assess whether participants have pre-existing conditions or other known factors that could be exacerbated by those specific risks.

Those procedures and any professional guidance engaged should provide production with clear advice on whether the participant is;

  • Suitable to participate
  • Suitable to participate with adjustments, or
  • Not Suitable to participate.
  • If adjustments are recommended they must be fully explained and justified.

During Filming and on location you will ensure that production has systems in place to: Create and implement an effective framework to monitor for the signs and signals of stress, significant anxiety or other psychological illness, and act upon any concerns. Help them ensure identified adjustments are in place and monitor that they continue to be available throughout filming.

You will make sure that appropriate arrangements are in place for Aftercare based on the risk profile of the show and the participants. That will include:

Offering signposting information. Helping productions to create a framework to prepare participants for adjusting to home life include social media training. Offering any participants showing vulnerabilities or for all participants of high risk shows, a psychological debrief with any follow up assessments necessary.

Diversity, equality and inclusion are at the heart of our business. Creative, commercial and global thinking knows no boundaries. So, we look for talented people of all ethnicities and backgrounds. Passionate about treating everybody fairly and with respect, our jobs are open to all. And we really mean it.

At ITV we celebrate individuality. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce and we strongly encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and if you have a disability and meet the minimum criteria for the role we'll guarantee you an interview. We're happy to discuss any additional support you may need during our application process as part of our reasonable adjustments approach. So we encourage you to get in touch with us if you require additional support.

At ITV it's your talent that matters and we want you to be the best you can be.

Minimum Criteria is highlighted in BOLD.

Closing Date for applications: Friday 21st February 2020

Please send your CV & covering letter to before the 21st February 2020


  1. Are you registered with the Health & Care Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist? Required.
  2. Are you a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol) or equivalent? Required.
  3. Do you have a higher level degree (Masters or Doctorate) in a psychological discipline? Not Required.


  1. Professional understanding of psychological risk and its application to programme making.
  2. Experience of working with programme production, the media more generally or in analogous situations.
  3. Balance in dealing with the potentially competing demands of individual and editorial needs.
  4. Collaborative working style with good interpersonal skills.
  5. Ability to operate strategically in advising on corporate risks as well as at an individual level with vulnerable people when required