Clinical Health Psychologist

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per Annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiasticClinical Psychologist to work with our clinical teams within the Medicine Care Group. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about a range of diseases and support young people and adults (16+) within a safe and nurturing environment.

No prior experience in these specialty areas is needed, you will be well supported within clinical health psychology and training in the specialist clinical areas will be provided by the multidisciplinary clinical teams from malignant diseases and Immunology.

You will work as an embedded member of these teams providing a great opportunity to work directly with colleagues and to develop specific CHP expertise. You will support a combination of ward-based assessments and interventions, team and professional consultation and outpatient clinics.

We are very happy to offer and encourage flexible working and would welcome discussion around potentially splitting or sharing of the role.

The CHP service has close links with the University of Plymouth Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course and the post-holder will have opportunities for teaching, supervision, CPD and research.

This is an exciting opportunity to build your expertise in clinical health psychology and develop and shape new ways of working in teams that are keen for a psychological contribution to their work.

This job is offered at Band 7, with the potential for progression in the future.

Main duties of the job

Working within the medicine care group, to provide psychological services to young people and adults (16+) experiencing psychological distress in relation to their immunology/malignant diagnosis or chronic health condition.

The post holder will work alongside a senior Clinical Psychologist and contributing to the development of a Psychological Health and Wellbeing team and wider multi-disciplinary team.

Where appropriate to provide supervision and support to more junior members of the team and consultation to the wider MDT's.

You will be joining a small but growing clinical health psychology (CHP) service within immunology and malignant disease and be supported by Senior Psychologists within the field. The post holder will work to support the care of adults and young people over the age of 16, working alongside and supported by the multidisciplinary teams.

This will be a great way to gain experience and springboard into a very fulfilling and diverse career.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS at Risk staff throughout Devon who is able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide specialist clinical health psychology assessments with individuals, families or groups with complex needs; gathering information from a range of sources including clinical assessment, self-report measures, rating scales, and semi-structured interviews. Exploring the impact of psychological welling on physical health needs and decision making around physical healthcare treatment and management.

To formulate an understanding of individuals psychological difficulties, in relation to their physical health condition. Tailor psychological interventions for individuals, families, carers or groups with complex presentations. Intervention may be through individual therapy, family and group work using various models (e.g. cognitive, behavioural, systemic, developmental)

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To provide support to the wider service including psychological consultation with the MDT and psychosocial assessment and intervention for young people and adults as required. Be flexible to respond to service needs as appropriate which may mean working within other areas of the service.

To contribute to the design and development of the service. Provide consultation, specialist advice and/or supervision to colleagues and those in other agencies, in the development and management of programmes of care.

Communicate highly complex information with empathy and sensitivity to clients and families, possibly within a highly emotive atmosphere.

Participate within statutory processes as required; ensuring information is shared appropriately with other professionals. Convene and chair multidisciplinary meetings as appropriate.

Liaise, collaborate and work in an advisory capacity with health and other professionals in order to promote psychological awareness, well-being and current evidenced based practice.

Undertake training and teaching both within the psychology services, and via formal and informal training of other disciplines and groups working with young people and adults within immunology and malignant disease. This may include contributing to the Doctorate Clinical Psychology training at Plymouth University. Be responsible for the training/supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students or assistants as appropriate/required.

Membership of and attendance at regional and national groups and committees relating to malignant disease and immunology conditions, where required.

Participate in and support clinical research and evaluation relevant to the Department and supervise clinical psychology trainees in carrying out such tasks as appropriate

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) or an equivalent counselling psychology qualification as accredited by the BPS; including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, life span developmental psychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies
  • Demonstrable experience of working as a clinical/counselling psychologist
  • Demonstrable experience of working with chronic and life-threatening illness, death and dying
  • Demonstrable experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment
  • Demonstrable experience of teaching, training and/or professional and formal clinical guidance
  • Demonstrable experience of providing supervision to staff (e.g. allied health professionals, specialist nurses etc)
  • Good analytical and judgemental skills
  • Proven knowledge and demonstrable experience of giving and receiving clinical supervision
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Able to provide and receive complex, sensitive, emotive or contentious information both with individuals, groups of professionals, colleagues, families, carers and the public
  • Confident in providing highly specialist advice relating to the diagnosis, care, treatment or education of patients
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Advanced level proven knowledge of clinical psychology or counselling psychology including highly developed knowledge of health psychology or clinical health psychology models.
  • Proven evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS including regular attendance at psychology related conferences, workshops in line with expectations as recorded in CPD log and IPR/annual appraisal
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others
  • Ability to tolerate and remain calm in the face of high levels of emotional distress and emotional demands
  • Ability to tolerate exposure to verbal abuse and hostility
  • Communicates with diplomacy and assertion with staff from all disciplines
  • An ability to interact effectively with people with physical and or mental ill health and their carers.
  • Ability to assimilate complex information and use reflective/analytical thinking
  • A strong interest in continuing to develop expertise in general and specialist field of psychology


  • Demonstrable experience of working in a hospital environment
  • Familiarity with and understanding of relevant government policies, guidelines, literature and guidance, and its implications for clinical practice with regard to Medical patients
  • Highly developed proven knowledge and competency in comparing and contrasting frameworks and approaches used in clinical, counselling, health and applied psychology
  • Being comfortable in dealing with uncertainty, lack of control, death and dying



  • Competent and familiar with information technology



  • HCPC Registered

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