Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • London


The North London Clinic is seeking a Assistant Psychologist to join the team.

Job Role:

The post-holder will be expected to contribute to local and national developments related to the assessment and treatment of those individuals within the service.

The successful candidate will be encouraged and supported in undertaking appropriate professional development as agreed with the Lead Psychologist.

Duties and Responsibilities:


- To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
- To comply with Hospital and Directorate policies and procedures, paying particular attention to those that concern the security and safety of both patients and staff.
- Undertake all duties in accordance with appropriate professional guidelines and the codes of practice and ethics issued by the British Psychological Society and Health and Care Professions Council.
- Apply equal opportunities principles at all times and participate in training activities and Individual Performance and Development Reviews.
- To be subject to an annual individual performance review and attend appraisal meetings with the responsible psychologist, to set and review work objectives, and identify training needs.
- To be able to demonstrate participation in the development of a psychology service within a needs-led, evidence-based practice framework.
- To ensure that professional skills and knowledge are kept up to date by accepting supervision from other psychologists and participating in continuing professional development.
- To participate in other hospital meetings and activities as required.
- To contribute to the professional functioning of the Psychology Department within the hospital, to include attendance at business meetings and CPD events.
- To undertake additional tasks as requested by the Lead Psychologist
- The duties described in this job description are not exhaustive and will be subject to change in the light of future developments and in consultation with the post holder. The job holder must be flexible in carrying out relevant duties not specifically listed above.

Communications and Working Relationship

- Liaising with ward staff, consultant psychiatrists, social workers, therapy staff and other members of the multidisciplinary team.
- Liaise with psychologist colleagues, in particular those within the relevant associated Services across the company
- Liaise with a range of individuals from other services, including independent sector hospitals, community teams, NHS and HM Prison Service.

Key Result Area 1 - Service Provision:

- To provide specialist psychological assessments
- To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s psychological problems, drawing on a range of psychological models. This may include a range of modalities (individual, family and group including service network). It will also be adapted and tailored to the needs of the individual and the context, and informed by ongoing evaluation of the effects of the intervention.
- To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals within and across teams, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
- To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
- To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

Key Result Area 2 – Consultancy:

- To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients’ formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
- To consult with and provide specialist psychological guidance to carers and families of service users.
- To ensure that all members of the treating team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation, the development of appropriate and where possible multi-disciplinary formulations, and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

Key Result Area 3 - Teaching and Training:

- To develop and implement training courses for psychology staff and MDT groups related to psychological practice within your identified areas of knowledge.
- To teach and train psychology staff, and staff of other disciplines as agreed with the Lead Psychologist.
- To attend and log relevant continuing professional development events, as agreed with the Lead Psychologist.

Key Result Area 4 – Supervision:

- To input into multi-disciplinary supervision of ongoing clinical practice.
- To undertake and log personal clinical supervision on a regular basis.

Key Result Area 5 – Management:

- To assist in conducting individual performance reviews as determined by the service’s policy, alongside the Lead Psychologist.
- To assist in local policy development/reviews as and when required, as advised by the Lead Psychologist.

Key Result Area 6 – Research:

- To conduct clinically relevant research by arrangement with the Lead Psychologist.
- To contribute to the ongoing evaluation of the Service through participation in clinical research and ongoing audit of clinical practice.

Essential role requirements:

- Honours degree in Psychology
- Eligible for Graduate Membership of the BPS
- Training and experience in conducting HCR-20 assessment reports (desirable)


25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata)

A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)

Private Medical Insurance Scheme

Life Assurance

Free meals while on duty

Carefirst – Employee Assistance Services

Continuous learning and development

Career development

Personal health insurance

Voluntary Benefits