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Associate Psychologist/Family Practitioner - Maternity Cover

Post Title: Associate Psychologist/Family Practitioner
Reporting to: Family First Project Co-Ordinator
Location:       Belfast, with regular travel across NI
Salary:           £22,000
Car Allowance: Mileage expenses at Brain Injury Matters rates
Holiday Entitlement: 25 days annual leave, excluding 11 statutory days pro-rata (nine month maternity cover).

Contract & Working Hours:  35 hours to include some evening and weekend work Monday to Saturday. Fixed term contract maternity cover (9 months).

Overall Job Purpose:
To support and enhance the professional psychological care of children and families benefitting from the Family First Project.  This project is a partnership programme between the Department of Psychological Services, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Brain Injury Matters NI and is funded by Big Lottery Fund NI. It aims to provide specialist and tailored support to empower families across NI to meet the challenges of supporting children who have sustained an Acquired Brain Injury.

To assist in clinically related administration, conduct of audits, collection of statistics, and development of audit and/or research projects, teaching and project work as relevant to the post.

Main Duties

• To undertake a broad range of psychological assessments, including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with project participants.

• To assist in the formulation and delivery of psychological support plans under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologist.

• To assist in the co-ordination and running of Parenting and Family groups as appropriate.

• To attend and contribute to steering group meetings.




Teaching, training and supervision

• To receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with professional practice guidelines from a qualified Clinical Psychologist.

• To develop skills and competences that assist in the delivery of current duties.

• To contribute to the training and support of other staff in psychological care as appropriate.

Research and Service Evaluation

• To assist in the design and implementation of the project evaluation.

• To assist in the design and implementation of project monitoring and audit.

• To undertake data collection, analysis, the production of reports and summaries, using IT and statistical programmes.

• To undertake searches of evidence-based literature and research to assist the project team in evidence-based practice.


• To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of the practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post-holder’s manager.

• To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Brain Injury Matters policies and procedures.

• To prepare test materials and visual aids as required.

• To undertake specific administrative duties as required including appropriate record-keeping.

To be noted:
1         The job description is not definitive and may be amended to meet changing needs of the
project and Brain Injury Matters NI.

2 If appointed you will be required to produce evidence of qualifications and evidence that
you are legally entitled to live and work in the UK.




1 First Class or Upper Second Class Primary Honours Degree (or other higher psychology
degree) in Psychology that confers eligibility for graduate membership of the British
Psychological Society.

2 A minimum of 6 months relevant full time experience over the last 3 year period as an Assistant Psychologist.  This should have been in a paid or voluntary capacity, in a relevant area of psychological need, for example working with adults or children within the area of mental health, brain injury, learning disability or physical health.

3 Knowledge and understanding of administering and scoring cognitive assessments.

4 Able to provide and receive highly complex or sensitive information in a highly emotive atmosphere in a range of relationships.

5 Full current UK driving license and access to a suitable means of transport on appointment. 

6 Good computing/word processing skills and knowledge of statistical packages e.g. SPSS, STATISTICA, Access, Excel.



1 Working with children with chronic illness or disability and their families.

2 Experience at the delivery of psycho-educational programmes.

3 Sound knowledge of audit and research skills.

4 Knowledge of psychological theories and therapies.

5 Experience of group work.


The nature of the job will change over time as the needs of the business change. It is a requirement of the jobholder to contribute to the development of the role in best reflecting these changing needs.
The job requires a considerable degree of commitment, flexibility and adaptability on the part of the jobholder to meet quality standards and work deadlines.


For more information contact Fiona Hendren by email at

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