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Lead Psychologist or Systemic Therapist for Gastroenterology

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated 8b Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or Systemic Psychotherapist to lead the Gastroenterology psychological team for children, young people and families within our Psychological Medicine Service for Children, Young People and their Families, based at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and employed by CPFT.

This is a 0.6 WTE permanent post and involves leadership, management and supervision of a small team comprising of other qualified Clinical Psychologists. The Team provides a specialist psychological interventions service for children, young people and their families who are outpatients or inpatients and under the care of one of the Addenbrookes Hospital Paediatric Gastro Consultants. The post holder will provide and oversee a highly specialist psychological service to people accessing these services.

The post is part of the wider Paediatric Psychological Medicine Service which is a large team comprised of Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Counsellor Practitioners, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Mental Health Practitioners and Systemic Psychotherapists.

Prospective candidates must have HCPC or UKCP registration.

Main duties of the job

The post will involve carrying out specialist psychological assessments and providing interventions for patients and their families. The post holder will work closely with a well-established team of Medical Consultants, together with the wider multi-disciplinary team to provide specialist assessment and intervention for young people and their families and to support and develop the MDT's psychological and systemic understanding of patients' presenting difficulties through consultation, supervision and training.

The post holder will have excellent communication, clinical and team work skills and will have demonstrated their ability to work effectively in teams in an acute care setting.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic and sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times. They will need to prioritise their workload, as well as the workloads of their team and be prepared to work in a responsive way to the demands of busy teams.

The post holder will be very well supported and the post offers a diverse range of CPD and supervision opportunities. We are keen to support and develop our staff through a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities within the Trust.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide highly specialist assessments of clients referred to the Psychological Medicine for children, young people and families service, using, interpreting and integrating complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To develop formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information within a coherent framework that draws upon psychological and systemic theory and evidence and which incorporates interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors
  • To develop and implement plans for the formal psychological and/ or systemic interventions and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological and/ or systemic interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological and/ or systemic advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically and systemic based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To act as care coordinator, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, tasking responsibility for arranging reviews as required, and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To communicate, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care
  • To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.
  • To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological and/ or systemic assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.
  • To assist in the management of the team caseload.
  • To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate

Person Specification



  • oEither post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence. Or an M.Sc/ Post-graduate Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy/ Family Therapy or equivalent, with an additional qualification in a related profession (e.g. social work, nursing, clinical psychology).
  • oUndertaken formal training in the supervision e.g. of pre and post qualified clinical/ counselling psychologists or systemic practitioners.
  • oRegistered with the HCPC or UKCP


  • oUndertaken post-doctoral training in one or more relevant additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • oOther relevant academic qualifications to Master's or doctoral level.
  • oRelevant specialist training in child and adolescent mental health or paediatrics
  • oLeadership training



  • oSignificant assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical/ counselling psychologist or Systemic Psychotherapist at a highly specialist level.
  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • oExperience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • oExperience of the application of psychology in different contexts.
  • oExperience of delivering professional and clinical supervision.
  • oExperience working in a hospital setting.
  • oExperience working in a multi- disciplinary setting.
  • oExperience of teaching, training.


  • oExperience of representing psychology and/ or systemic therapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • oExperience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • oExperience of managing staff.
  • oExperience of working across the lifespan.

Skills & Abilities


  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration requiring the use of highly developed analytic skills.
  • oSkills in individual and group work and programme planning.
  • oExcellent communication skills, able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information including contentious and highly distressing information to service users, their families carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oExcellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Trust and from other agencies to promote effective team working with clients.
  • oPlanning and organising skills for own caseload management and that of other psychological therapists working in the gastroenterology team.
  • oIT skills to fulfil the duties of the job description.
  • oAble to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients.
  • oAble to contain and work with organisational stress.
  • oInterpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations.
  • oAble to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information.


  • oKnowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, ASD and learning disability

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital

Hills Road


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