Assistant psychologist

Main area
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (home working and then moving to a hybrid pattern)
Job ref
Bellingham House
£28,407 - £34,581 per annum
Salary period
18/06/2023 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

The Kernow Workforce Wellbeing Hub (KWWH) is looking for two highly motivated individuals with excellent communication skills to help our service support the needs of the Cornwall health and social care workforce.

This KWWH is a trailblazing service formed under the new Cornwall and Isles of Scilly wide Integrated Care System. We are a small but dedicated psychology team tasked with providing mental health wellbeing support to staff and colleagues through our 9-5 support line, outreach interventions and assessment service.

Innovation and new ways of working are key to our team approach and our aim to provide all team members with the opportunity to contribute and develop in a supportive environment.

This post will initially involve working from home but will then move to a hybrid working model based in Bodmin.

Interviews will be held on the 27th and 29th of June.

For more information, please see the job description and person specification.


Main duties of the job

The key purpose of this role is to support health and social care staff across the Cornwall Integrated Care System (ICS) who experience psychological distress or symptoms of trauma as a consequence of ongoing or exceptional work pressure and stressors. 

The post holder will support staff to enable them to address the impacts that this may have had upon their functioning and enable them to get access to appropriate input in relation to their wellbeing. Specifically, the role will include:

• Being responsible for promoting the psychological health and well-being of health and social care staff across Cornwall ICS.

• Under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologist:

• Providing psychological assessment, formulation, and intervention to individuals or groups.

• Assisting in clinically related administration, teaching, and project work.

• Assisting in the collection of data, the development of service evaluation/audit and/or research projects

Working for our organisation

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see ‘supporting documents’.

Person specification

Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience

Essential criteria
  • Psychology Degree accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Experience working with people with mental health problems
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience working as an Assistant Psychologist
  • Additional knowledge/ experience of research methodology
  • Experience of working with patients with complex and challenging needs
  • Practical working knowledge of at least one relevant psychological approach (e.g. CBT)

Skills and Aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with emotional situations with compassion and care
  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal and written communication
  • Good organisational skills, able manage their own caseload and can prioritise effectively

Knowledge and abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to establish rapport with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to demonstrate respect for service users
  • Flexibility in respect to the needs of the service
  • Ability to undertake all statutory and mandatory training required for the role
  • Ability to recognise limits of competence and seek support when needed

At Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we are proud to prioritise the development of our people. To support this, the following opportunities are available:

  • Career conversations and individual development plans for succession planning and talent management
  • Protected CPD time for registered staff
  • Access to a dedicated central development fund supporting CPD for all staff
  • Leadership and Management development programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • A full clinical induction programme for operational skills
  • Access to a care certificate programme for our band 1-4 clinical staff
  • A bespoke and robust preceptorship programme to support newly qualified staff
  • Individual professional development programmes

Being part of a successful NHS Foundation Trust brings a portfolio of rewards and benefits for our staff. These include:

  • Suite of health and wellbeing initiatives to support our colleagues physical and mental health
  • Free access to individual HARP portfolios to support revalidation for nursing staff
  • Free DBS checks where required
  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • The Trust reimburses all application costs for staff eligible to apply for EU settlement status.

The Trust reserves the right to close this advert once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process you will be contacted via email regarding interview details.

We are committed to diversity and equality of employment including the employment of current and former service users.

If you are successful, you agree to Occupational Health accessing your health records from your current or previous employer to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. Appointments are subject to full three year satisfactory references therefore please ensure you include correct contact details for your nominated referees including email addresses.

Any general recruitment queries, please contact our recruitment team on 01208 834644

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Katie Turner
Job title
Clinical Lead- Kernow Workforce Wellbeing Hub
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