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Assistant Psychologist Merthyr Tydfil £24,500 - £26,500

Assistant Psychologist

Location: Merthyr Tydfil |
Salary: £24,500 - £26,500 |
Posted: 7 Jun 2024 |
Closes: 21 Jun 2024 |
Job Type: Full Time and Permanent |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 15885

Role Responsibility:



Salary £24,500 - £26,500 per annum

Location: Cwm Taf Morgannwg (Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Bridgend)

Permanent, Full Time, 37.5 hours per week.


G4S in Wales are a key provider of criminal justice services- operating in both the custodial and community sectors.  We pride ourselves on the quality of our provision and we consistently seek to work alongside and in partnership with a range of other providers in the voluntary (third), public and private sectors.

We have developed services which are focused on identifying ways to maximise positive impact and make the most effective use of available resources by working with other agencies on common objectives.  In this way we are increasingly able to meet wide ranging and complex needs in the most appropriate way.

We have a commitment to research, evaluation and review of evidence based initiatives.

We value and, where possible, contribute to research into reducing re-offending and therefore we recognise the importance of understanding the wider environment in which individuals operate and this informs us about how best to engage, support and help people with change.

We seek to employ people with drive and energy and a real interest in innovation and teamwork – working beyond traditional organisational boundaries.

We now have an opportunity for an Assistant Psychologist to join our team  covering  Swansea.


This is an exciting opportunity to support the work of the Dyfodol substance misuse service across South Wales by providing structured psychological interventions to service users with co-occurring needs relating to mental health and substance misuse. As a member of our team, you will play a critical role in enabling people with complex and problematic substance misuse histories to build positive futures and healthy lifestyles and focus on moving into active recovery.


You will hold a caseload of people who you will work collaboratively with to enable them to achieve objectives set for their time in service as well as capturing and communicating information relating to their safety and risk. Our service provides holistic support where a range of interventions and activities are collectively designed to ensure that each individual can engage in a treatment plan that meets their needs, with options including CBT based group work, physical exercise programmes, mindfulness based activities, harm reduction and abstinence based support, and diversionary activities. This role will add significant value to our approach by undertaking psychological assessment and screening, and providing structured interventions to our service users. The roles will benefit from structured monthly supervision and support from our Psychology partner, Forensic Psychology Consultancy Ltd.


We are looking for candidates who believe in a positive psychology approach and firmly believe that people can change. The environment and the role can be challenging but we strive to support people at Dyfodol to focus on improving their wellbeing, and building good lives and positive futures. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Completing psychological assessments/screening tools to identify treatment needs.
  • Development of individualised treatment/therapy plans to address needs identified during assessment(s).
  • Managing a caseload of people identified with co-occurring needs, by providing a set number of treatment sessions focused on their identified need, and supporting the planning of their ongoing support journey with their allocated Dyfodol caseworker.
  • Delivering structured group and 1:1 interventions, designed in collaboration with FPC, and contributing to the delivery of the substance misuse support programme, including facilitation of groups and organising/running activities.
  • Providing self-help materials, reviewing progress and making onward referrals and/or signposts for further information.
  • Conducting reflective practice with Dyfodol caseworkers in the event of disengagement from treatment/service, to establish gains made and opportunities for future engagement.
  • Contribute to quarterly reflective practice thematic review publications.
  • Delivering training to staff members to raise awareness of dual diagnosis and other aspects of the service.
  • Ensure that risk information is communicated widely within G4S Community and other key stakeholders such as probation, the police and community based substance misuse services
  • Engage in regular supervision with Chartered Forensic Psychologists and Forensic Psychologists in Training.
  • Promote effective communication and integration with all relevant departments within G4S Community
  • Work collaboratively with clinical teams and substance misuse nurses in the provision of clinical treatment
  • Contribute to the delivery of key commissioning objectives, ensuring work is completed in time and to a high standard in line with contractual requirements
  • Ensure all case information is accurately recorded and communicated via appropriate case management systems such as Palbase.
  • Have involvement in other projects across G4S Community as appropriate.

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills:

  • An interest in pursuing a career within the field of Psychology.
  • A relevant academic qualification within the area of Psychology.
  • Experience of working within a custodial/mental health setting.
  • A good understanding of how to support individuals with dual diagnosis.
  • Full driving licence and consistent access to own vehicle.

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of working with individuals with dual diagnosis.
  • Experience of working within a psychology team.
  • A post graduate qualification in a related area of Psychology.
  • Have prior experience of delivering structured psychological interventions.

We encourage applications from Welsh speaking candidates.

Equality and Diversity is an important part of G4S Care and Rehabilitation Services. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds and are a fully inclusive employer who aims to support all employees to be their true selves. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments for either the role or during the recruitment process.

G4S Care and Rehabilitation Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and adults at risk and each employee is expected to support these goals.

Please note that these vacancies are subject to a 5 year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Secretary of State for the Home Office.

You must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 3 years. You will also need to provide full details of your employment and education history for the last 5 years as part of the security screening process for this role.

Please note that applicants must complete a 500 - 700 word statement outlining their suitability for the role and clearly outlining how your skills, experience and knowledge would apply to this post.

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