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Assistant Psychologist (Research)

Band 4

Main area
Corporate Services
Band 4
Fixed term: 15 months
Part time: 15 hours per week
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£21,089 to £23,761per annum pro rata
02/04/2020 23:59
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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.


Applications are invited for a 0.4wte Assistant Research Psychology post (Band 4) for 15 months, at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford.

The post is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Early Youth Engagement in first episode psychosis (EYE-2) Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). The EYE-2 study is a multi-site pragmatic trial, funded by a grant from the National Institute for Health Research - Health Services and Delivery Research programme, with sites in South London, Manchester, Thames Valley, Cambridge-Norfolk and Hampshire. It will investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a motivational engagement intervention, provided at a service level, in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services, in improving engagement and other outcomes in young people with first episode psychosis.  

The project team are international leaders in the psychosis field. The trial is led by Prof Kathryn Greenwood (University of Sussex), and Prof Belinda Lennox and Dr Louise Johns are leading the Thames Valley site. Other sites include Manchester, London, Cambridge-Norfolk and Hampshire.

The post-holder will be part of the wider EYE-2 research team and the local research team, which includes the site leads, another Research Psychology Assistant, a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) lead (Rachel Green), and the Lived Experience Advisory Panel (service users and carer team) for research processes. Their primary responsibility will be to conduct telephone assessments and interviews across a range of issues with EIP service users and past service users, to monitor, support and input blinded data collection, to rate date for reliability and to follow up people who have disengaged from services. 

The successful candidate will be a graduate psychologist, with experience of working with people with mental health problems and experience of conducting research studies. They should have strong communication and engagement skills, and be flexible and confident in working with service users with psychosis, as colleagues and as research participants, and in working with clinicians in multidisciplinary teams to collect routine and research data. Training and supervision will be provided by the local and wider EYE-2 study team. 

The post-holder will be based in the Warneford Hospital, Oxford, and will liaise closely with the four participating EIP services across the Thames Valley (Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Milton Keynes). They will be expected to travel between their base and these EIP services as part of the post.

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Louise Johns 01865 902724.