Assistant Psychologist & other posts Child & Family, Matlock

Advertise posts here (email to arrange payment, it starts at just £40+vat)
Post Reply
User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 7952
Joined: Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:20 pm
Location: Bucks

Assistant Psychologist & other posts Child & Family, Matlock

Post by miriam » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:13 am


We have several vacancies at LifePsychol Ltd in Matlock, working with me on various clinical and research projects. These include a full-time AP post (salaried at £18k), a full or part-time project worker post on a research project (12 weeks WTE funding initially at £15k per annum pro-rata), and a summer placement for a student or intern (12 week commitment, unpaid except expenses). We also have the capacity to take on someone seeking a research project as part of a post-graduate qualification in psychology with a UK university - you don't need to be based in Matlock, as you can be a remote member of the team, but the research has to be done during 2018.

Assistant Psychologist vacancy, Matlock Derbyshire, full time

We have a vacancy in the Matlock area for an Assistant Psychologist to provide assessments and contribute to psychological assessments for the family court, to help with research activities and to support the wider service related to young people in children's residential homes. This involves travelling to various locations in the area and gathering information, setting up meetings, administering psychometric assessments and contributing to reports and letters.

Full or part-time applicants will be considered. We are based in lovely purpose built offices about a mile out of Matlock, and are well resourced with laptops, books, psychometrics and the benefits of a lovely working environment (where we all have our own desks, and the business supplies tea and coffee).

The post involves a combination of:

- administering psychometric assessments
- gathering background information from files
- collecting questionnaire data from schools and foster/residential carers
- gathering outcome data and using an online outcome measurement tool
- acting as a champion for the outcome measurement protocol within services
- data entry and statistical analysis
- providing summary reports from outcome data/questionnaires
- summarising legal bundles
- writing up reports to a template provided
- making structured observations of children
- gathering third party observational data
- writing literature reviews
- contributing to academic papers for publication
- general administrative tasks (arranging meetings, responding to telephone and email enquiries, keeping track of materials, etc)
- other such tasks as the business requires

You'll be part of a small local team, with links to other APs in the wider network. There will be opportunities to sit in on training events, and to contribute to research and publications.

The nature of the roles means that we require a psychology graduate with GBC (at a 2:1 or better, or with a completed post-graduate qualification), who has a driving license and access to a vehicle (or can propose suitable adaptation if they have a disability that prevents this), who is diligent and meticulous about collecting and writing up information. Experience administering psychometric assessments would be advantageous but is not essential, as full training will be provided. You need to be organised and proactive, able to set up meetings and communicate in a professional manner, including writing up reports to a high standard. Fluency with computer and internet applications is also necessary, along with a passion for research and being part of a team that makes a difference for some of the most complex children in the country.

We provide supervision according to BPS recommendations, and plenty of opportunities for personal development. Supervision will be provided by a qualified clinical psychologist (probably myself, as service director / consultant CP). We have a commitment to training and development, and a good track record of past assistants gaining places on clinical training (I'm currently at 9/9 past assistants who have spent a year with us gaining a place on training within the next year, though I suspect this is as much about who I select as the experiences we provide).

Salary is £18,000 per annum (pro rata for part-time).

Project worker

We have a vacancy at Lifepsychol Ltd for a project worker to help us with some research we are undertaking in relation to staff variables in the quality of care in children's homes. The role will involve literature reviews, scoring up questionnaires and data entry, as well as contributing to grant applications. It would suit a psychology graduate, and would be a good "foot in the door" experience to build towards an AP post or a chance for someone with mainly clinical experience to get more involved with research. If you make a substantial contribution to the project there may be the possibility of being named on a publication. We will also offer opportunities to learn about the wider research and our business, and to participate in CPD activities during the period you are with us.

We have 12 weeks of initial funding, starting as soon as possible. We could spread this out as we choose, as either 2 days per week over six months, or a shorter full-time placement, or anything in between. We are bidding for a number of projects that could increase our workload, so it may be that the contract can be extended or it leads to other opportunities to work with us in the future - but at this stage we cannot guarantee this.

Salary is £15,000 per annum (pro rata for part-time).

Intern post

We are able to offer a summer placement (minimum 12 week commitment) within LifePsychol Ltd as a Psychology Intern for either 4 or 5 days per week to either an undergraduate who has completed their second year of their psychology degree, or to a psychology graduate (or completed conversion course) who wants a first foot-in-the-door experience.

The placement will provide the opportunity to work alongside assistant psychologists, and a Consultant CP within a business with social purpose (we hope to register soon as a B corp) working predominantly with children and families. You will have the opportunity to contribute to research, for example giving out and collecting questionnaires, contributing to data entry, literature reviews, etc. If your contribution is significant it may be that you can be acknowledged or named on a paper. You can help us seek out funding opportunities, create content for our new website and populate our social media. You might also be involved with summarising medical notes or police records, arranging appointments, and other administrative tasks. You may have the opportunity to sit in on team meetings, training events, client interviews or assessments, or to join members of the team when they do school or placement visits. Appropriate supervision will be provided. You can familiarise yourself with our range of psychometrics, browse our book shelves, and may be able to read some of our (anonymised) past reports. Please note that it is highly unlikely that it would be appropriate to have any involvement in therapy during this placement.

We are looking for a bright self-motivated individual with a strong commitment to clinical psychology. You must have or be on track to get a 2:1 or 1st. No prior experience necessary. Placement offer will be conditional on references and CRB checks.

This is an unpaid placement designed to offer a short-term learning opportunity in return for hard work. We will pay travel expenses (apart from home to work travel) and a small honorarium of £5 per day for subsistence.

Finally, the research project opportunity. Is anyone looking for a university research project for your BSc or MSc and/or looking for a placement in a clinical psychology service? Are you wanting to find a way to improve your CV by publishing a paper in a peer reviewed journal, or thinking about doing an MSc to increase research skills? Do you want to do some work with a clinical psychologist that will actually make an impact on the lives of children who have experienced adversity?

If so, get in touch as we've got an opportunity you could be part of, researching a new psychometric tool for children with complex needs. We are looking to get norms for a measure from a non-clinical population (eg a school) to compare with our data for Looked After Children.

This would be an unpaid position, but you'd get supervision, the chance to sit in on some of our training and be part of other learning experiences, plus we can pay a small honorarium to cover expenses.

We are based in Matlock, Derbyshire, and you are welcome to do the placement in our offices here. However, if you were to undertake the research as part of a university qualification then it is also possible you could do it remotely - provided you gained appropriate ethical approval to do so and could come for a couple of meetings, have access to skype, and could identify a suitable group of control participants (eg a school or club with children of both genders and a range of ages) then it is possible that you could conduct the data collection aspect of the research locally to you.

If you want to apply for any of these positions then please contact with a CV (no longer than 2 pages) and a brief covering letter/expression of interest (no more than 600 words) explaining how you are suited to the position) and the telephone/email contact details for two references ASAP. We expect to close applications at the end of the month, but may close any of them earlier if we have sufficient applicants of suitable calibre.

Background information:

LifePsychol currently consists of a small clinical team who provide assessment, consultancy, training and evaluation services, particularly in relation to Looked After Children, adoptive families, or families at the edge of care. Our Clinical Psychologists also provide expert assessments for the family court and to local authorities considering entering proceedings. We provide consultations, advice on service development and service evaluations for social enterprise and third sector organisations. Our main specialist area is around attachment, trauma and maltreatment and how this evidence base can inform the care of children who do not live in their family of origin. We therefore provide training for adoptive, foster and residential carers, as well as health, social care and legal professionals.

However, our primary goal at present is nothing less than to improve the quality of placements for all Looked After Children in the UK. LAC are a particularly vulnerable group of children and young people because their needs are complex, and often include mental health, developmental difficulties, problems with relationships and behaviour. We hope to achieve this ambitious goal by training carers and implementing a new set of standards for care providers and through structured needs assessments and regular use of outcome measures (BERRI).

The training, pathway and standards we implement are about ensuring that strategies carers use are evidence-based, individualised to the background and needs of each child, evolve as the child’s needs change, and are based on a thorough psychological assessment and a multi-faceted formulation of the child’s needs. We believe that having advice from a clinical psychologist to inform the care of all Looked After Children (and other children with complex needs) will both reduce stigma and improve outcomes, whilst helping carers to feel better equipped to meet the children’s needs. We have developed a training program and care pathway as one means to implement these standards for placements.

We have also developed a set of online tools for commissioners and placement providers to use to identify and track the needs of children in their care. The tools are known by the acronym ‘BERRI’ because they explore Behaviour, Emotional well-being, Risk to self and others, Relationships and Indicators of psychiatric or neurodevelopmental conditions that may require further assessment or diagnosis. We want every young person with complex needs to have a service that meets their needs in an effective and evidence-based way. We have therefore developed tools that allow us to gain a more holistic picture of children’s needs, to track how this changes over time and to target particular concerns and monitor the effectiveness of interventions to address them.

Our first data suggests that we can reduce concerns about children significantly within six months of using the pathway and tools we provide, and our services gain exceptional feedback from carers and professionals, but we hold ourselves to tough standards of evidence, and gather data about our effectiveness every step of the way.

See my blog at

User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 7952
Joined: Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:20 pm
Location: Bucks

Re: Assistant Psychologist & other posts Child & Family, Matlock

Post by miriam » Mon May 14, 2018 8:58 pm

We've had a couple of queries about whether this has closed or not, but we've been super busy with other things, so I wanted to give any last minute applicants until 6pm tomorrow to get applications in before we finalise all the interviews.

See my blog at

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest