Clinical Psychologist

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year £48526-£54619 per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This post sits within the Department of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology at Nottingham University Hospitals which contributes to the care provided by a wide range of medical and surgical specialties within the Trust.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the multidisciplinary team of the new Spinal Cord Injury service. The service provides wholistic MDT care to people who have suffered a spinal cord injury from various causes. The purpose of this post is to contribute to the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of adults with spinal cord injury by providing compassionate and innovative care as part of the overall MDT.

Candidates will ideally have experience of the provision of psycho-social care in medical and surgical settings including bio-psychosocial care and rehabilitation for people with acquired disabilities experience of SCI rehabilitation would be an advantage.

The position is well supported and would access clinical supervision from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist within the context of the broader Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology service at NUH.

The post will be based at NUH. Candidates must be registered with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist. Newly qualified Clinical Psychologists will be considered if they have appropriate experience.

For further information and informal discussion please contact Dr Patrick Vesey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist / Neuropsychologist at or 0115 9249924 ext 86165

Main duties of the job

Candidates will ideally have experience of bio-psychosocial models of care and rehabilitation for people with acquired disabilities, and experience of SCI rehabilitation would be a particular advantage.

About us

The position is well supported and would access clinical supervision from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist within the context of the broader Psychology service at NUH. The post holder will also contribute to departmental activities, including research and clinical governance as required.

The post will be based at NUH. Candidates must be registered with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist. Newly qualified Clinical Psychologists will be considered if they have appropriate experience.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This purpose of this post is to provide a specialist clinical psychology assessment and intervention service for adults with SCI. This post represents an exciting opportunity and challenge for the post holder.

The SCI population at NUH comprises traumatic and non-traumatic causes (mostly traumatic) and the new service/psychology role will service both. The service is commissioned by NHSE and comprises a nurse lead/coordinator, 3 band 7s (nurse/AHPs), and the clinical psychologist.

The post holder will provide a highly specialised clinical psychology service to adults with SCI on the basis of advanced theoretical and practical knowledge acquired through a degree, postgraduate doctoral degree (or equivalent) and additional specialist training.

The post holder will provide assessment and therapeutic intervention.

The post holder will be responsible, where appropriate and in collaboration with the Head of SCI and Director of Psychology for the planning, delivery and evaluation of Clinical Psychology Services for SCI.

To participate in clinical governance for Clinical Psychology and SCI services.

To be accountable for his/her own professional actions as a specialist for Clinical Psychology services.

To assist as appropriate in the event of a Major Incident.

This post does not have any budgetary or line management responsibility.

The post holder may also hold responsibilities for clinical psychologists in training or assistant psychologists once the post is fully estabilshed and the support and training of staff from other disciplines who work with the same patient group (e.g. Medics, Nursing, OT, PT).

The post will be based at Queens Medical Centre Campus and occasionally City Hospital Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals. There may also be a requirement for remote clinics in surrounding healthcare settings.

Working days must include those on which SCI team and MDT meetings are held, in order to attend essential meetings on those days.

Please read the full job description and person specification for the full description of duties.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Post-graduate doctoral level (or equivalent) training in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice



  • Work as a qualified Clinical Psychologist
  • Experience of helping people with acquired physical disability
  • Experience of providing care to patients in an acute hospital setting
  • Experience of working directly, indirectly, as part of an MDT and on a consultative basis
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
  • Experience of carrying out research


  • Experience of working with adults with spinal cord injury
  • Experience of bio-psycho-social models of care

Communication and relationship skills


  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Commitment to support the Trust's Values
  • Experience of effective working as part of a multidisciplinary team


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies or assessment methodologies
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including both quantitative and qualitative methods.


  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological therapies
  • Knowledge of complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Experience using qualitative research methods

Planning and organisation skills


  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to distressing situations
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings

Physical skills


  • Ability to move between a number of locations within the hospital in a working day

Other requirements specific to the role (eg be able to work shifts/on call)


  • Able to use a VDU for extended periods of time
  • Flexibility to cope with the needs of the service
  • Good health record
  • Good attendance
  • Up to date immunisations are required (including TB, HepB) or is agreeable to these being updated if not
  • Commitment to support the Trust's Values


  • 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) .

UK Registration

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

Employer details

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