Principal Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Neuropsychologist (Band 8b)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Cotford St Luke
£58,972 to £68,525 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
20 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to appoint a highly motivated Principal Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Neuropsychologist to work with stroke and neurological rehabilitation services in West Somerset.

The position offers an exciting opportunity to deliver specialist neuropsychological rehabilitation to patients with stroke and acquired brain injury, linking closely with established multidisciplinary teams.

The successful candidate will fulfil a key role in providing clinical leadership for psychological therapy interventions within the service, developing and extending the pathway.

The psychology service operates from two principal bases at South Petherton Community Hospital and Dene Barton Community Hospital. There are opportunities for both inpatient and outpatient work.

The post will suit a Principal Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Neuropsychologist who enjoys direct clinical work (including neuropsychological assessments and rehabilitation interventions) as well as consultation, supervision, training, service development and research/audit. An ability to work with the wider system (e.g. non-statutory organisations, acute hospitals) is essential.

Main duties of the job

  • The clinical leadership of psychological therapy interventions within the Clinical Neuropsychology and Health Psychology service
  • Liaising with colleagues within and outside the specialism to provide expert consultation and advice regarding complex psychological therapy assessments.
  • Working with service managers and Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist to ensure the provision of an efficient and effective service, policy and service development, effective use of physical resources, condition-specific advice to the Trust and other agencies, and achievement of quality targets
  • Ensuring appropriate clinical supervision is maintained for psychologists of all grades providing psychological therapy pathway in stroke and neurological rehabilitation services
  • Providing specialist guidance on psychological therapy matters relevant to patients in stroke and neurological rehabilitation services in Somerset NHS Foundation Trust alongside and in support of the Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration and eligibility for Chartered Membership (CPsychol) with the BPS
  • Significant psychological therapy experience with patients with stroke or brain injury
  • Significant post-qualification neuropsychology experience
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to psychologists and/or staff of different professional backgrounds
  • Evidence of working effectively within a multidisciplinary team


  • Specialist training in psychological therapy with patients with neurological conditions
  • Training in two or more psychological therapies
  • Post-qualification training in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation
  • QiCN/MSc Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Experience of leadership roles and responsibilities

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) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Somerset Neurological Rehabilitation Centre (SNRC)

Dene Road

Cotford St Luke


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