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A unique opportunity for a new Psychology graduate

St Andrew's Healthcare
Contract Type
Graduate, Health & Medical
Expiry Date
06/09/2018 09:10:00
A unique opportunity for a new Psychology graduateHealthcare/Rehabilitation Assistant - Dementia and Huntington's Disease IPU and Brain Injury IPUBased: 

Job Description

A unique opportunity for a new Psychology graduate

Healthcare/Rehabilitation Assistant - Dementia and Huntington's Disease IPU and Brain Injury IPU
Based:  Northampton
From £16,485 plus enhancements (Career Level: Primary Contributors - Band 2)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week

Are you a new Psychology graduate?  Unique opportunity to begin building clinical experience.

We have an exciting opportunity for psychology graduates to become part of our healthcare team here at St. Andrew’s. As a Healthcare Assistant (HCA) or Rehabilitation Assistant (RA), you will be at the forefront of supporting and caring for individuals with complex needs related to acquired brain injury or neurodegenerative conditions. Alongside gaining your clinical experience as an HCA, you will have the opportunity to attend additional fortnightly Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions developed specifically for this role by the Psychology Team. These will be facilitated by Clinical Psychologists and the Clinical Neuropsychologist working within the Brain Injury and Dementia & Huntington ’s Disease Integrated Practice Units.

This bespoke CPD will provide Clinical Psychology-based  learning and experiential sessions which aim to complement the work you will be doing on the wards and will help build your CV as you work towards a career in mental health settings. Within the HCA role, you will be working with complex cognitive and behavioural presentations with behaviour that challenges and often multiple morbidities. These posts will give you the opportunity to utilise psychological theory and skills you have developed during your degree by applying them in a real clinical setting. The posts are open to all those with a degree in Psychology and no previous experience is necessary.

Our Dementia and Huntington’s disease (HD) IPU consists of 7 locked wards for male and female patients from across the UK.  Our Dementia service provides cognitive, physical and behavioural management of patients with a progressive neurological condition.  Our HD services provide psychiatric, cognitive and motor deficit management of patients.  Our therapies and interventions are delivered through a highly skilled multi- disciplinary team consisting of medical, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, physiotherapy, nutrition and dietetics, physical health and speech and language provision. Adopting an integrated approach to service delivery, we ensure that the care we provide is personalised addressing both mental and physical health conditions

Our Brain Injury Integrated Practice Unit (IPU) offers specialist services for the assessment, stabilisation and intensive therapy for patients, whose behavioural presentation and/or cognitive function has deteriorated as a result of Brain injury. The  IPU provides care and treatment for patients within safe environments within a pathway from locked admission wards through to community based living.  The care and treatment offered is recognised for being at the forefront of innovative service developments, for its excellence in service delivery and for its ability to manage and reduce the risks associated with Brain Injury.

We offer an excellent benefits package including:
  •        Pension
  •        Sickness policy on par with the NHS
  •        35 days annual leave, increasing to 41 after 10 years' service
  •        Life cover
  •        Car lease scheme
  •        Cycle to work scheme
  •        Childcare vouchers
  •        Healthcare cash plan
  •        Free parking
  •        Paid DBS application
  •        Access to free vocational qualifications