Assistant Clinical Psychologist Job at Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust in Newmarket

Job Description

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

At any one time, around 23,000 people in Norfolk and Suffolk are receiving care and attention from the Trust. We believe in whole life care – seeing people in the context of their whole lives, understanding the importance of good physical health, friends, family, spirituality, culture, home, work, education and a sense of purpose and achievement to experience good mental health.

Nearly 3,200 full and part-time practitioners care for our service users in hospitals, in the community and in their own homes, whilst an additional 900+ staff provide non-clinical support, including cleaning, delivering supplies, ward administration, information technology, human resources and financial services.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and want to reflect the diversity of our local communities within our teams. We welcome applications from all talented individuals with the relevant qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

We will consider flexible working arrangements for our roles, please indicate in your application if this is something you require


Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.


It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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Job overview

We are excited to offer a 10 months fixed-term vacancy within the Adult Community Pathways in Newmarket for an Assistant Psychologist.

The Adult teams provides a secondary care multi-disciplinary mental health service for people aged 25 years and above. The post holder will be an integral and valued team member and have the support of team members, including Clinical Psychologist’s and other multidisciplinary colleagues: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychiatrists and support workers.

Main duties of the job

The service is currently completing a full review of how we record and utilize our clinical outcome measure data to enhance our understanding of our service users Recovery journey throughout treatment.

The successful applicant will work alongside service clinicians and management to complete this project and develop and implement a sustainable model to achieve this important service development aim.

There will be opportunities for supervised clinical practice, co-delivery of training, co-running of clinical groups, and service development and evaluation. Much of this is currently being delivered via virtual medium and is an existing challenge.

As a team our focus is on respected and evidence-based principles, and an ethos of reflective practice and continual improvement of care. We have a history of employing trainee psychologists within our trust who have gone on to successful training or further employment opportunities.

Working for our organisation

We are proud of our culture of honesty, team involvement and ownership of quality patient care with job satisfaction. There will be opportunities to be involved with training, strategy and service development.

Benefits included with this role are:
NHS pension

comprehensive in house & external training programmes

career progression

starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)

staff physio service

NHS discounts and many more

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

We are looking for psychology graduates who have clinical experience and who are particularly interested or experienced in working with people with mental health needs, their families or wider systems and are especially passionate about improving outcomes for individuals living with psychosis. We are looking for individuals who can be compassionate, thoughtful and can apply psychological knowledge to their work and are open to developing their skills and understanding within the remit of the service provided.

Please note, we will only consider applicants who hold a degree which meets Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)/Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Please state this clearly in your application.

The advert may close earlier than the stated closing date, subject to the number of applications received.

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Person specification


Essential criteria

A BPS accredited degree in Psychology.

Desirable criteria

Evidence of further qualification / training appropriate to clinical area.


Essential criteria

Experience of quantitative research.

Desirable criteria

Experience of research in the NHS.


Essential criteria

Skills using microcomputers for databases or date analysis, especially SPSS for Windows

Desirable criteria

Ability to communicate sensitive information to patients and colleagues.

Presentation Skills.


Essential criteria

Knowledge of mental health

An understanding of psychology applied to health care.

Desirable criteria

An ability to apply existing knowledge to a mental health context.

An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental health problems or other disabilities.


Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks – Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).


FOR POSTS WITH DIRECT SERVICE USER CONTACT – Please be advised that due to recent changes in the DBS Service, organisations no longer receive copies of DBS Disclosures – these are sent directly to candidates only. Therefore, it will be your responsibility, if successful, to ensure that this is taken to the appointing officer as soon as you receive it.

Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

The Trust has now introduced a DBS Update Service which is a contractual requirement. You need to subscribe when you have applied for your DBS clearance and there is a time limit to subscribe of 19 days after receipt of your DBS disclosure. Please ensure that this is completed within the set time scale.

This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

Applicant requirements

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

About Company

Company: Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust

Company Location:  Newmarket

Job Category: Healthcare Jobs, Health & Medicine Jobs

About Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust