Specialist Clinical Psychologist

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic Band 7 (0.8 WTE) working with children and teenagers who have cancer and with their families. This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced multi-disciplinary medical and nursing oncology unit, where leadership, innovation, research, teaching and training are strongly encouraged. The psychology service provides a comprehensive assessment, consultation and support service both internally and externally to the Unit. The role encompasses both clinical and neuro psychological work. This is a very well established psychology team, with excellent professional and compassionate staff, very well supported by our efficient and caring administration team within a cancer Centre of Excellence.

Main duties of the job

  • To contribute to the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist clinical psychology service to paediatric oncology patients and to their families, within the working context of the paediatric psychosocial team and within the wider context of the multidisciplinary team.
  • To supervise junior members of the psychology team and other members of the multidisciplinary team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.
  • To propose and implement policy changes within the paediatric oncology clinical psychology service.
  • To provide specialist advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of the psychological practice within the service.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits and learning and development opportunities. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information, please refer to the Job Description/Person Specification

  • In conjunction with the Consultant Paediatric Psychologist, other team members and the wider paediatric multi-disciplinary psychosocial team, contribute to the delivery of a comprehensive clinical psychology service for children and young people with cancer, and their families.
  • Providing specialist psychological assessments of children and adolescents with cancer and their families, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources.
  • To formulate and implement plans (or facilitate appropriate external referral) for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of the patients or any member of their familys mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual or theoretical framework of the patients difficulties, and employing methods of proven therapeutic efficacy for intervention.
  • To be responsible for implementing and coordinating a range of highly specialised psychological interventions for individuals, couples, families and groups based upon appropriate psychological models.
  • To manage own caseload.
  • To exercise responsibility and autonomy for the psychological assessment, treatment of and discharge of patients and their families, ensuring appropriate psychological assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the patients care on a regular basis.
  • To communicate information concerning patients and their families in a skilled and sensitive manner, and to monitor and evaluate progress during treatment, and to maintain client records.
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary meetings and be an active member of the multi-disciplinary paediatric psychosocial team, to ensure an appropriate psycho-social service is pro-actively available to all child cancer patients and their families.

Teaching, Training and Supervision
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant/graduate psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training and clinical supervision to other members of the multi-disciplinary team for their provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve patients functioning

Person Specification



  • Post-Graduate Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent)
  • Valid HCPC registration, or eligible for HCPC registration following completion of an HCPC accredited course
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of clinical practice, or attendance at specialist short courses



  • Experience of working in paediatric psychology.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the lifespan and presenting with the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment, both as either as a trainee clinical psychologist or as a newly qualified clinician and within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of teaching and training other professionals.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of neuropsychology and experience in neuropsychological testing


  • Experience of working collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams within a hospital setting
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision.

Skills Abilities/knowledge


  • Doctoral level knowledge and experience in research design and methodology.
  • An ability to initiate and implement research projects
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and intervention frequently requiring use of sustained and intense concentration
  • A high-level ability to communicate potentially complex and sensitive information effectively at both a written and oral level, both to patients and their families, carers, and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside of NHS
  • The ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Skills in providing consultation and advice to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance and audit mechanisms to reflect, assess and maintain the effectiveness of clinical practice.
  • Enthusiasm for clinical psychology, health psychology and working with children, young people and families.
  • An interest in service development and delivery.
  • Ability to effectively manage competing demands.
  • Ability to provide and promote appropriate support to carers and staff
  • Willingness to keep abreast of literature and of new developments in the field
  • Computer literate, and ability to use multi-media materials for presentations
  • Ability to articulate and interpret the role of clinical psychology, within both local and national contexts


  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapy for use in physical health settings.
  • Knowledge of legislation and implications for clinical practice
  • A commitment to evaluation of services, including audit
  • A wish to continue to develop expertise in area of paediatrics.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural framework

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