Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist/ Psychological Therapist

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the passionate and innovative Cancer Psychology Team at Northumbria. We are a team of Clinical and Counselling Psychologists providing clinical care to patients and families affected by cancer. We work closely with staff in Oncology and Palliative Care as they support patients through their cancer treatment and care. We are committed to providing high quality, responsive patient care in everything that we do. We offer compassionate support and development opportunities for cancer staff within the Trust via training, consultation and supervision groups. We are a strong, supportive team and are also committed to compassionate support and development opportunities for our own staff team. Within our team we have expertise in ACT, CFT, CAT, Family Therapy, EMDR and DBT.

We sit within a wider Health Psychology Department, providing access to excellent CPD and specialist supervision opportunities.

We work closely with other providers of psychosocial care in local mental health and third sector organisations in a co-ordinated pathway of care.

We pride ourselves on innovative practice and working towards our vision of a gold standard service.

Main duties of the job

The aims of the Health Psychology Services in Northumbria are to:
  • Promote the health, wellbeing and functioning of the population accessing the Trust, by working with individual patients, families, and groups of patients.
  • Embed psychologically informed care by supporting healthcare teams and contributing to the systems work of the Trust and our stakeholder partners.

As well as providing assessment, formulation and psychological therapy for individual patients, Psychologists working into healthcare teams can help with:
  • Understanding the diverse range of influences on health and wellbeing (H& WB).
  • Using this understanding to extend the established approach of medical diagnosis, to include consideration of contextual factors that impact on an individual's H& WB.
  • In doing so, help shape an integrated approach to the provision of care, by supporting person-centred, psychosocial approaches.
  • Further develop the workforce and technological capabilities that are needed to deliver such holistic care, in a way that is more accessible to patients.

In line with national guidance across healthcare specialisms, by working together with our teams in this way, the expected outcome will be:
  • Patients at the heart of healthcare provision that considers mental and physical health in an integrated way.

About us

We manage three major locality hospitals at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham, plus a number of smaller community hospitals and clinics from Tynemouth to Berwick on Tweed, in addition to our state-of-the-art Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, the first of its kind in England. We also care for people in their homes and provide services from facilities in local communities such as health centres. We give people greater choice and control over their care to help them to live independently at home and avoid hospital admission where appropriate. High quality patient care is at the heart of everything we do and we strive to ensure every single patient and service user has an exceptional experience with us. We have one of the most extensive patient experience programmes of any trust in England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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  • To provide high quality, effective applied psychology services in Cancer Health Psychology
  • To provide effective psychological assessment and interventions to the patients of the service.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for clinical governance of own work according to trust policies.
  • To undertake R& D activities for audit, policy and service development in conjunction with service leads.
  • To supervise and support the clinical activities of assistants and trainees in the Health Psychology Service.

Person Specification



  • 1st degree in psychology or related mental health field. Doctorate in clinical / counselling psychology/diploma level qualification in CBT or equivalent psy
  • Post graduate doctorate in clinical / counselling psychology/ diploma in CBT or equivalent psychological therapist qualification
  • Eligibility for HCPC registration

Employer details

Employer name

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Wansbeck General Hospital

Woodhorn Lane


NE63 9JJ

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