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Lead Clinical Psychologist Diabetes (Young Adult Transition)

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

An exciting new opportunity for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to develop and lead the psychology input to a new NHS England funded service in Diabetes Transition and Young Adult Care at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. (Part time - 30 hours per week)

You will be warmly welcomed by the Psychology and Diabetes Teams and well-supported to develop into the role. The post will involve working in an integrated diabetes transition and young adult care MDT, to develop psychological pathways and provide specialist psychological assessment, intervention and psychoeducation with outpatients and inpatients. As a valued member of the MDT, you will provide consultation, advice, training and supervision to staff on patients' psychological wellbeing. You will also work closely with the senior leadership team in enhancing psychological understanding to support the wider system.

The Physical Health Psychology Service is a supportive, innovative, research-active team of psychologists specialising in physical health and staff wellbeing. We offer flexible working patterns and substantial CPD opportunities. Please get in touch for an informal chat about the role and to arrange a visit.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is an organisation with a growing workforce of 180+ qualified clinical psychologists along with trainees and assistants. There are many opportunities for CPD and professional networks and considerable expertise to support your career development.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be Lead Clinical Psychologist in the Diabetes Transition and Young Adult Care at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The post-holder will be responsible for the development and delivery of a high quality, responsive and accessible Clinical Psychology service for young people with diabetes. This includes providing specialist psychological assessment and a therapeutic service to individuals struggling to manage their condition and/or experiencing significant emotional difficulties due to living with diabetes. The post-holder will work across both paediatric and adult teams to support the smooth transition of young people into adult diabetes services. The post-holder will also support the diabetes TYA specialist team through offering advice, consultation, training and supervision regarding the psychological management of diabetes in young adults. The post-holder will develop psychological pathways, working closely with wider service providers. The service will be run in line with relevant national guidelines and the post-holder will be encouraged to join national networks of psychologists working in diabetes to enhance support and ensure best practice.

You must be a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and have experience of working with people with chronic physical health conditions. You must have excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with a range of professionals, patients and families.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

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Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career.

Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To design and deliver a comprehensive clinical psychology service within Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for patients accessing the diabetes TYA service.
  • To offer highly specialised psychological assessment and evidence-based interventions (both group and individual as required (face to face and by telephone/video) to young adults living with diabetes and other complex physical and psychological health needs (e.g., eating disorders), including risk management.
  • To support the diabetes paediatric and TYA teams with psychological aspects of their work with patients and families/carers, offering consultation, group supervision, joint working and training as required.
  • Develop pathways and protocols for all levels of emotional and psychological support of patients, carers and relatives.
  • To develop innovative ways to capture and disseminate psychological information to encourage self-management.
  • To develop a programme of audit, evaluation and research, offering opportunities to Clinical Psychology Doctorate Trainees and other aspiring Clinical Psychologists from local courses, as appropriate.
  • Support, supervise and manage junior psychologists as appropriate.
  • To be a teaching and training resource to local Clinical Psychology Training programmes, and other training events as required.

Person Specification



  • BPS accredited doctoral qualification (or equivalent) in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered with HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist
  • Completion of two-year post-doctoral supervisor training workshop programme (or equivalent individual workshops)



  • Further training in evidence-based modalities or interventions specifically relating to diabetes and/or chronic disease management



  • Experience of working with patients with a range of physical health difficulties
  • Experience of working with patients with chronic illness
  • Experience of training/teaching others
  • Experience of supervising other psychologists and non-psychology staff
  • Experience of managing the workload of other staff
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team in a physical health
  • Experience of research and service evaluation


  • Experience of working within a diabetes service
  • Experience of working clinically within a diabetes transition and young adult service
  • Experience of working with children/young people with chronic illness
  • Experience of writing annual reports for commissioners
  • Experience of designing and implementing a new service
  • Experience of NHS planning/service improvement



  • Specialist knowledge of working with patients living with a chronic illness, their carers and families
  • Highly specialised and up to date knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological therapies relevant to working with people who have complex physical health issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of research design and methodology
  • Working knowledge of diabetes and appropriate clinical guidelines and strategic/policy documents
  • Awareness of equality and diversity issues within medical settings


  • Specialist knowledge of the psychological models and therapies related to the needs of young adults living with diabetes, including related mental health issues

Skills - Therapeutic


  • Ability to develop strong relationships with patients, carers, families, and the MDT
  • Ability to undertake complex assessments where expert opinion may differ, develop formulations and provide psychological interventions with a high level of clinical judgement
  • Ability to undertake group work and manage, sometimes challenging group dynamics
  • Highly developed skills in providing clinical supervision to multidisciplinary professionals

Skills - Communication


  • Ability to use the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills to convey and receive highly complex/sensitive information effectively
  • Demonstrate high level of verbal and written communication skills

Skills - Training/teaching


  • Demonstrate skills in training/teaching psychology/non psychology staff

Skills - Consultation


  • Demonstrate skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups

Skills - Team working


  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team

Skills - Management


  • Excellent organisational and self-management skills

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