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Senior Clinical Psychologist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inc pro rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Part Time
We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic clinical psychologist to join our team.

We have an exciting opportunity for a part time (0.2 wte) Band 8a clinical psychologist to join a psychology team for adults who receive a range of specialist cardio-thoracic, respiratory, and critical care services at the Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew's Hospital (which is part of Bartshealth NHS Trust).

The post holder will work under the line management and clinical supervision of a consultant clinical psychologist (BHC Psychology Service Lead) and their role will include coordinating the delivery of psychological services to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service at Whipps Cross Hospital. This is a new post so part of the role will be evaluating the impact of psychological provision in this context to inform future service development. They will be joining a supportive group of clinical psychologists who lead and deliver the psychology provision for the other BHC specialties and wider professionals within these specialties, who also work with these patients.

Main duties of the job

The Barts Heart Centre (BHC) Psychology Service works with adult patients and their families who live with an acute or chronic cardiac or respiratory condition and those who require a critical care admission (predominantly cardio-thoracic and cancer related). It also provides a range of support structures for staff who look after these patients. Specifically, these patients are under the care of specialist multidisciplinary teams within the Barts Heart Centre, including the adult congenital heart service (GUCH), The Heart Attack Centre (HAC) The Adult Critical Care Unit (ACCU) Heart Failure, Electrophysiology, Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions, Difficult Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis. The post holder will be working with adults who have life limiting and life-threatening conditions.

There is also a wider team of psychological specialists, on the St Bartholomew's site, working in cancer and palliative care with lots of opportunity for peer support, joint case working when a specialty overlap exists and shared service development on common themes across the hospital, for example, staff support.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment..

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Heart Centre Psychology service is managed by a consultant clinical psychologist who is responsible for leading and developing the clinical psychology provision for cardiac, respiratory, and critical care patients at the BHC, and the staff who look after those patients at St Bartholomews Hospital.

We operate within a mixed model, i.e., specialty attached psychologists embedded within their respective medical teams with centralised referral allocation and discussion so that workload can be discussed and shared evenly between psychologists and allocated according to skill mix and case complexity. This post is varied and exciting with lots of opportunity for leadership, service development and research as well as providing specialist psychology input through direct work, indirect work through consultation to medical and nursing teams, and staff support. The Barts Heart Centre Teams are very welcoming, and they really value psychology input for their patients and staff.

The BHC Psychology service which started as a 12-month project for congenital heart patients in 2017 has been extended and developed over the past six years and now provides an established service to the Barts Heart Centre with a structure that allows for appropriate supervision, line management, leadership, and career development.

Person Specification



  • Good honors degree in Psychology
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS/HCPC, including clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Eligibility for Chartered status and membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council as Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral training and recorded CPD experience and /or further qualifications in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist at specialist level.
  • Experience of applying clinical psychology in culturally diverse contexts and working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
  • Experience of presenting psychology (including teaching and training) to multidisciplinary audiences at conferences or other educational settings.
  • Experience of supervising trainee psychologists and/or other professionals


  • Experience of working within related Clinical Health Psychology settings
  • Experience of working in cardiac services
  • Experience and expertise in working with adults who have life limiting and life-threatening conditions
  • Experience of providing staff support in a healthcare setting
  • Experience of working in an intensive care or other inpatient setting



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Highly-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their carers, and other professionals.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to distressing situations and challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Evidence of skilled and productive multidisciplinary team working
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, including verbal abuse.

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


St Bartholomew's Hospital



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