Clinical Practitioner Psychologist

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro-rata for part-time
Closing date
12 Jun 2023

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Due to the expansion of services we are looking to recruit into 3.5 wte Band 7 Practitioner Psychologist or Psychological Therapist roles, there are opportunities for flexible working and part-time working. These Posts would be suited to a newly-qualified Practitioner Psychologist or an experienced Psychological Therapist who have an interest in working in Clinical Health Psychology and working within physical healthcare services.

There are opportunities to work within generic clinical health psychology services or work into a specific service including Cancer and Palliative Care, Bariatric Psychology, and Maternal Mental Health Services. As a department we value staff wellbeing and development and will work with you to carve a role that suits your interests and experiences as well as meets the needs of the Service.

As a Band 7 practitioner you will be provided with line-management and one-to-one clinical supervision by an experienced and senior psychologist within the Department and have access to CPD and the support of the wider department. We work closely with University of Sunderland colleagues and so there are opportunities for research and service evaluations. Psychology is highly-valued within STSFT and you will be supported to continue to develop and grow the Service.

Main duties of the job

This role is well-suited to someone who has an interest in working within physical health services and working as part of a wider MDT. The role of a Band 7 practitioner will be diverse and there are opportunities to not only develop and consolidate core therapeutic clinical skills, but also develop skills and experience in devising and delivering training, providing consultation and supervision to MDT members. You may have previous experiences of working within physical health services or with physical health conditions, but this is not essential.

There are opportunities to form part of Specialist Interest Groups both regionally and nationally, and you will be supported to develop within your role.

There is flexibility with work patterns, including part-time work and condensed hours. As we are looking to Appoint into four Posts, we would advise anyone interested to contact the Department to discuss the potential roles in further depth.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Part of Clinical Health Psychology Services Department, working alongside multi-disciplinary colleagues in physical health services to provide direct therapeutic input for patients.

As a core component of the Team you will provide evidence-based psychological assessment, formulation and intervention to clients referred into the Service. You will help to integrate psychological mindedness to the wider MDT through consultation, supervision, joint working, and training. You will also get the opportunity to undertake research relevant to the Service.


Person Specification



  • A Degree in Psychology with eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership with British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Post-graduate Applied Psychology training accredited by HCPC allowing registration as a Practitioner Psychologist (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 as accredited by the BPS).
  • HCPC-Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • OR
  • Qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course (Post Graduate Diploma).
  • Accredited with the BABCP.
  • OR
  • Recorded/Registered core professional qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy plus further post-graduate qualification training in a in CBT.
  • Accredited with the BABCP.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.



  • Experience of working within the NHS.
  • Experience of working within a multi-professional team.
  • Experience of working with adults who have mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for patients psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan with appropriate supervision.


  • Experience of teaching and training non-psychologists in psychological therapy skills.
  • Experience of facilitating CBT-based group programmes.
  • Experience of application of psychology in different cultural settings.

Skills and knowledge


  • Models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies including CBT.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to use the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills both verbal and written.
  • To convey/receive highly-complex/sensitive information effectively requiring empathy and reassurance in a highly emotive atmosphere.
  • Ability to make clinical and service related judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of.
  • Excellent organisational skills to manage a range of clinical activities.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for clinical practice.
  • An understanding of the importance and function of personal boundaries and how to manage and maintain them.
  • Knowledge of current issues in and opportunities for applying psychological interventions in a healthcare setting.


  • Relevant additional clinical experience as appropriate to clinical area.
  • Experience of NHS service planning/ improvement/development.
  • Experience of working as a psychologist within physical health settings.

Personal qualities/attitude/other


  • Excellent organisational skills to with the ability to work autonomously and manage a range of clinical activities.
  • Ability to create effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Interest for a broad range of psychological phenomena, models of service delivery and an ability to articulate the value added by psychology services to wider teams.
  • Interest for a broad of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery.
  • A commitment to the elevation and development of the Service through audit.
  • Willingness to provide a flexible and responsive service to meet the needs of a diverse and evolving service.
  • A commitment to the evaluation of the Service through audit.


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Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Trust Headquarters

Sunderland Royal Hospital



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