*Female Assistant Psychologists

Job Title: *Female Assistant Psychologists
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Norfolk
Salary: £15.00-£16.00 per hour
Job Published: August 05, 2020 17:23

Job Description



1 Year fixed Term Contract

Flexible Term Time & Non-Term Time Hours

£15 - £16 per hour

This is an exciting opportunity to join a skilled multidisciplinary team in the neurorehabilitation of a delightful 10 year old girl who suffered from a brain injury at birth. She lives with her parents and sister near Sheringham, Norfolk and is the eldest of the two girls. 

This young lady has complex needs including cerebral palsy which affects her mobility and fine motor skills, she has associated severe learning difficulties, focal symptomatic epilepsy and microcephaly. In addition, she is highly sensory seeking and has speech, language and communication needs. Our client requires help with drinking, feeding and in the administering of medication as well as with all personal care including toileting. She requires assistance in all the usual daily living tasks; dressing and self-help, bathing, teeth cleaning etc. She requires constant adult supervision and guidance in all areas as well as support to help manage behaviour that can be challenging due to her needs (e.g. sensory seeking, disorientation, anxiety). 

This happy little girl enjoys the company of lively people with outgoing positive personalities and particularly loves sensory play, activities with her family which enable her to be happy and engaged at home and she also likes going out and about in the community. She particularly loves swimming, listening to music and rollercoasters. 

We are recruiting two Assistant Psychologists on a one year fixed term contract. Under the supervision of the lead Clinical Psychologist, the central role of the Assistant Psychologists is to assist the client and her family with all aspects of rehabilitation and care, allowing her family to step back from the role of primary carers. The Assistant Psychologists will also be given training to implement daily therapeutic programmes that have been designed to promote her independence and participation by her team of Therapists. The Assistant Psychologists have a general role in promoting the client’s wellbeing, learning, care and independence in the home and community. 

The Assistant Psychologists will also support the client’s parent’s wellbeing with collaborative understanding of the client’s need, and aid in reducing the impact of these needs on her parents’ wellbeing, and supporting them to cope with her ongoing complex needs. This will be the first time the family have had a full time support team and part of the Assistant Psychology role will be to provide the sensitive and empathic support to help them adjust to this level of care for their daughter. 

As part of the implementation of the neurorehabilitation programme at home, the Assistant Psychologists will be responsible for setting up systems for the delivery and recording of therapeutic interventions (under the supervision of the Clinical Psychologist). There may also be occasions when the Assistant Psychologists will be required to assist with certain domestic chores, for example helping our client to keep her bedroom tidy and ensuring her equipment is kept clean and tidy. Household tasks will be required on a client- related basis only, to help ensure the smooth running of her care regime and to afford her parents the opportunity to spend one-to-one time with her. 

The hours required to be split across the two posts are; 

Term Time: 

Week 1: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 07:00 – 10:00 & 14:15 – 19:00 

Saturday 08:00 – 19:00 

Week 2: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 07:00 – 10:00 & 14:15 – 19:00 

Saturday & Sunday 08:00 – 19:00 

Non-Term Time: 

Week 1: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 08:00 – 19:00 

Week 2: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 08:00 – 19:00 

Our client and her family enjoy going on holiday and there will be an expectation for the Assistant Psychologist to accompany the client and her family to provide support and / or accompany the client on independent holidays and short breaks. 

A minimum of an Upper Second Class Degree in Psychology (as a main subject) is required or a Lower Second with the addition of a Post-Graduate Degree in Psychology. Previous experience of working with children with special needs and their therapists is essential, together with enthusiasm, patience and a willingness to learn. Candidates should be confident about working within a private home and be sensitive to the needs and wishes of the client and her family. You should be able to demonstrate the need for confidentiality and privacy, have a good sense of humour, be reliable and trustworthy. The successful applicants will receive appropriate training and ongoing support. 

A full, clean UK driving licence is required. 

This position is subject to an enhanced DBS application. 

*Exemption is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9. 

If you meet the above criteria, please apply in the first instance with your CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for this role. Please click the Apply Now button below to submit your CV and covering letter

We are also looking to recruit for the following roles within this team: 

  • Female Team Leader; 
  • Female Support Worker. 

For further information in relation to these roles please contact us. 

Reference ID: CTEIM0002 

Job Types: Full-time, Contract 

Salary: £15.00-£16.00 per hour 

Education: Master's (Preferred) 

Work remotely: No