Highly Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year p.a. inc.
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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This is an exciting opportunity for either a newly qualified or experienced band 7 clinical/counselling psychologist looking for a post with potential career progression or for an established band 8a principal clinical psychologist to join our Diabetes and Long-term conditions teams.

We strongly encourage applications from newly qualified Principle Clinical or Counselling Psychologists, or those close to obtaining qualified status, who will initially be offered a preceptorship position (Agenda for Change Band 7) and then supported to be eligible to move into the principal Clinical Psychologist position (Agenda for Change Band 8A).

Due to additional funding, the Greenwich Community Long-term conditions Teams are expanding the Psychology provision. A significant proportion of the work will be with the Diabetes Teams and also include work with other long term conditions.

We are looking for a highly specialist clinical/counselling Psychologist, preferably with experience in physical health, Diabetes and/or Long-Term Conditions, to join our forward-thinking and dedicated multi-disciplinary team of highly specialist nurses, dietitians, podiatrists and medical Consultants.

This is a varied post and an exciting opportunity to work across a number of long-term conditions including Diabetes, COPD and Cardiac teams in a community-based setting in the boroughs of Greenwich.

We are happy to consider flexible working including part-time, full-time and job share.

Main duties of the job

Goldie Leigh Hospital is the main base but work at various clinics around the borough as well as home visits within the borough is part of the role.

The postholder(s) will be joining a dynamic and friendly network of psychologists in physical health in the Adult Community Physical Health Services Directorate. There are regular opportunities for CPD, networking and coming together with other psychologists working in physical health for collegiate support. Clinical supervision is provided from within the directorate by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Directorate Head of Psychological Therapies.

As a clinical member of the Long-term conditions (LTC) Teams the post holder(s) will be responsible for the autonomous provision of a highly specialised psychological therapy service for patients with diabetes/other LTCs.

The post holder(s) will develop and lead the service ensuring routine collection, review and feedback of outcome data, and that activity targets are met. They will be accountable for the direct provision of a systematic, specialist clinical/counselling psychology service ensuring comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessments and a range of psychological interventions appropriate to individuals with diabetes/ other LTCs. As well as direct work, the postholder(s) will also provide consultation and reflective practice for the teams and professionals involved in the patient's care and act as a psychological resource for the teams.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified specialist clinical /counselling psychology service to clients of the Diabetes and Long-term conditions teams and other teams when necessary or appropriate: providing psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

To contribute to the development of the service including the routine collection of outcome data as required by the service.

It will be a requirement of this role to participate in job planning which forms a key part of the working practices of qualified psychological therapists.

Further detailed information relating to the role and responsibilities can be found in the attached supporting documentation

Person Specification

Registration and qualifications


  • HCPC registered or equivalent


  • Further qualifications and/or training

Work experience


  • Experience of working in a mental health setting
  • Experience of supervising others


  • Experience of running groups
  • Experience of psychological therapies in a physical health setting

Service Development and Research


  • Experience of audit or service evaluation


  • Experience of published research or service evaluation

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

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Goldie Leigh Hospital

Lodge Hill



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