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Assistant Psychologist

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Richmond House, 38 Redenhall Road, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9HB

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£17,527.29 per annum


37.5 hrs p/wk

Job Advert - Division Information

Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.


Job Advert Location Description

Our service is based on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and provides a range of assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and specialist residential services to over 90 adults with a learning disability in a range of different environments suited to their individual needs including medium, low secure and rehabilitation.

In addition to a learning disability, many of our patients have complex needs including forensic histories, mental illness, ASC and Personality Disorders.  Most patients are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.


Job Advert Role Description

Our Assistant Psychologist role involves:

Contributing to all aspects of the Psychology department’s work with patients, particularly in terms of assessment, treatment and risk management on allow and medium secure wards.  However, the post holder will also be expected to facilitate groups and individual work including completing assessments and contributing to the positive behaviour support framework on all sites as required.

This role would be appropriate for anyone wanting to gain experience before further training and would be particularly suitable for someone wanting a Career in Clinical or Forensic Psychology


Main Duties will include:

  • Completing a range of assessments with patients as part of developing individual treatment formulations and plans.
  • Facilitating regular Mindfulness groups on different units
  • Facilitating motivational and/ or Problem Solving groups as preparation for further in depth work including conducting pre and post assessments and writing reports.
  • Contributing to the delivery of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Groups
  • Completion of collaborative risk assessments with patients using tools such as HCR20’s
  • Contributing to ensuring Priory Healthcare meets best practice on positive behaviour support including carrying out functional analyses and developing/maintaining/monitoring any behavioural programmes.
  • Writing a range of reports on assessment and treatment completed by patients.
  • Contributing to research and audit
  • Contributing to staff training and support

To be successful as an Assistant Psychologist, you’ll need

  • Degree in Psychology (2:1 minimum).
  • Graduate basis for registration with B.P.S (eligible).
  • To be highly motivated and interested in working in a forensic setting with patients who have Learning disabilities and complex needs.
  • Some experience in a clinical or institutional setting is essential.
  • Some experience in learning disability and/or forensic services is desirable
  • Knowledge of treatment approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Cognitive Analytic Therapy and /or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and; Positive Behaviour support; would be an advantage but not essential.
  • Effective time management and organisational abilities

Text PRIORY ST JOHNS followed by your name to 66777

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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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