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Consultant Clinical Psychologist Intestinal Failure/Digestive Diseases

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 1.0 WTE permanent position as a Band 8c Clinical Psychologist with an interest in working in Intestinal Failure and other Adult Digestive Diseases.

Intestinal failure (IF) is a condition characterized by the inability to maintain a state of adequate nutrition, or fluid and electrolyte balance due to an anatomical or a physiological disorder of the gastrointestinal system. IF can be an extremely debilitating condition, significantly affecting the quality of life of those affected. The NUH IF Unit is a specialist regional service dedicated to the assessment and treatment of patients with IF. The Clinical Psychologist will be a key member of the specialist MDT working in the IF Unit.

Digestive Diseases include a broad range of services spanning surgical and medical specialities of Gastroenterological, Hepatology, Upper GI surgery, Colorectal Surgery, HPB Surgery including conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and Gastrointestinal Malignancies.

Main duties of the job

In addition to the below summary you need to familiarise yourself with full job description and person specification documents attached to this advert.

The post holder will be expected to lead on the development, coordination and delivery of a new clinical psychology service to the Intestinal Failure Unit and other Digestive Diseases services at NUH and to provide psychological support for adults within Intestinal failure and other Digestive Diseases services. This work will involve working closely with the specialist MDT staff working within IF Unit and the MDTs in wider Digestive Diseases Services.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist with an interest in Clinical Health Psychology.

It is essential that the post-holder will have a doctorate level clinical psychology professional qualification and be HCPC registered

The post holder will be employed by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and will be required to work at both City and QMC Campus. Applicants must have the personal qualities and resilience to be able to work in a busy acute trust setting.

About us

The successful applicant will be welcomed to the Department of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology within the trust. Currently we are a rapidly expanding service with over 30 Clinical Psychologists working in the department across a number of medical inpatient and outpatient services within the Trust . We have excellent links with the University of Nottingham and regional Clinical Psychology Doctorate Courses.

There is lots of scope for career development: from CPD and developing further skills in the specialty and supporting service development and innovation, to the chance to contribute to research, or policy work in psychological care for people with Intestinal Failure & Digestive Diseases. Appropriate and regular clinical supervision will be provided.

Interested applicants are warmly encouraged to contact us for an informal discussion about the role and how we would support you in your professional development. For more information on this post or to arrange a visit, please contact:

Dr Lisa Worrall

(Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Lead For Medical Clinical Psychology)

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more details of the main responsibilities and requirements of the role.

For further information about the Trust please visit our Website at

Person Specification

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's We are here for you behavioural standards

Training and Qualifications


  • Completed post-graduate doctoral level DClinPsy in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Current HCPC registration for Clinical Psychologist (or eligibility to qualify for registration in 2023)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC.
  • Post-doctoral training/study in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice and supervision


  • Additional post doctoral training/study/qualifications in specialised areas illness or health psychology
  • Post-qualification accreditation in particular psychotherapeutic approaches e.g.: cognitive behaviour therapy, ACT, Mindfulness, EMDR, etc.
  • Specialist knowledge, experience and/or training relating to patients with life limiting and chronic medical conditions.



  • Extensive post qualification experience which should include clinical experience of working with patients with general medical conditions and chronic illnesses.
  • Experience of developing a clinical psychology service
  • 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, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision to qualified /unqualified clinical psychologists / clinical psychologists in training.
  • Experience of supervising and managing research and audit projects


  • Post-doctoral training/study in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice and supervision
  • Additional study/qualifications in illness or health psychology
  • Specialist knowledge, experience and/or training relating to chronic and life limiting conditions
  • Experience of leading a clinical psychology service
  • Experience of professional management of qualified or pre-qualified clinical psychologists.
  • Experience of multi-professional management of teams or services within the designated specialty.
  • Experience of representing the profession in local policy fora.
  • Experience of leadership and management.
  • Experience of managing and developing specialist services
  • Specialist knowledge and experience of working with Intestinal Failure, Digestive Diseases (Upper GI, HPB, Colorectal, IBD, etc), Cancer, chronic and/or acute Illness

Communication and Relationship Skills


  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level 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 the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • Ability to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours


  • The ability to work effectively with clients from a diverse range of cultural/ethnic backgrounds, and to understand and respect the impact of difference and diversity upon clients' lives and difficulties.

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Evidence of highest level of analytical and judgemental skills.
  • A doctoral level of research knowledge. The ability to lead on both clinical and non-clinical research, applying a doctoral level of knowledge and skills in research designs, methods and analyses (including complex multivariate statistics) as practised in the field of clinical psychology.
  • Ability to analyse highly complex psychological data in order to develop individual psychological formulations


  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books

Planning & Organisational Skills


  • Evidence of highly advanced planning and organisational skills
  • Post-qualification experience of service development and planning


  • Formal management/leadership training.

Physical and Other Skills


  • Ability to move between a number of locations within the hospital in a working day.
  • To work across both City and QMC campuses as required.
  • Enhanced DBS Clearance
  • Up to date immunisations are required (including TB, HepB)
  • To work onsite at NUH


  • Ability to work flexible hours to suit the service and its clients

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .
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