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Macmillan principal psycho-oncology psychologist

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2023

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Mental health
Band 8B
Full Time
Job summary

The newly created Wellbeing and Supportive Care service at Hampshire Hospitals have an exciting opportunity for an experienced clinical psychologist to become part of our psycho-oncology team.

You will bring with you experience and motivation to lead and develop this brand new service. If you are passionate about delivering the best quality cancer care to patients, this job is for you.

Main duties of the job

To work with peers within the Psycho-oncology service to ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist psychological assessment and intervention service to cancer patients at HHFT. To provide a consultation service to staff to promote psychosocial knowledge and service development relevant to patient, family and staff care in a highly specialist medical area. To develop teaching programmes.

To participate in the development and delivery of policy and psychological services for cancer services. To provide support to developments and inter-agency working within the Region.

To supervise, line manage and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided clinical staff who provide psychological and emotional based care and treatment.

As a major requirement of the job the post-holder will further service development, policy, be involved in audits, research, and development.

About us

We are a small, but steadily growing and passionate team of clinical psychologists, counsellors, complementary therapists and specialist AHP's.

This is a great time to join us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Happy to Talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible and part time working will be considered.

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Completion of a Health and Care Professions Council/British Psychological Society accredited postgraduate professional training course in either clinical or counselling psychology
  • Registered as a practitioner psychologist with HCPC


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice relevant to clinical health psychology

Experience & Knowledge


  • Experience of working in clinical health psychology
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, in-patient and out-patient care settings
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision of other clinical psychologists and professional staff
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and two or more distinct psychological therapies
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management, including neuropsychological assessment and interpretation, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HPC
  • Formal training in supervision


  • Experience of working in psycho-oncology service
  • Experience of working within acute specialist cancer services
  • Experience of providing line management
  • Experience of applying psychology in diverse cultural contexts
  • Experience of providing psychological assessments and interventions to patients requesting risk reducing surgery
  • Experience of inter-agency working and service development
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, trauma and severely challenging behaviours etc.)
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in patients with cancer

Skills & Ability


  • A high level ability to communicate effectively (both a written and orally) complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others
  • Ability to recognise the extent and limitations of one's own knowledge and skills, and to seek appropriate guidance where necessary
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to articulate and interpret clearly the role of the profession of clinical health psychology based upon a good understanding of the framework of government and national professional policy


  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area

Other Specific Requirements


  • Compassionate, flexible and committed
  • Enthusiasm for multi-disciplinary working with a thoughtful approach to developing psychological services within this context


  • Car owner and driver

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