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Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 8B Neuropsychologist to join our team, to lead the provision of Psychological Services to adults with complex neurological rehabilitation needs in Warrington. Your caseload will include clients with: ABIs, Strokes and long term neurological conditions.

The post holder will be supported to undertake research and with professional development including further qualifications in clinical neuropsychology.Supervision is provided by a band 8C Consultant Neuropsychologist within Bridgewater Community healthcare Trust.

You will be based at the Orford Jubilee Hub delivering a domiciliary and clinic based service, working alongside physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and assistants with a full time team administrator. There is free onsite parking, and a gym in the building.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will provide specialist neuropsychological and psychological assessments for patients with neurological conditions in Warrington, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of highly complex psychological data from a variety of sources. As well as formulate, develop and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of patients neuropsychological and/or mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patients problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

This will include the undertaking of risk assessments and risk management strategies as appropriate.

The job requires an integrated MDT approach with an emphasis on collaborative working.

The post holder will be required to take substantial professional responsibility and exercise autonomous judgement in their professional practice, as well as provide the MDT with a formulation led bio psychosocial framework.

Candidates are welcome to have an informal visit or chat, please contact Helen Pye ( to arrange this.

About us

At Bridgewater, our PEOPLE values shape how we deliver our NHS services in your local community.

They help us deliver our mission to improve local health and promote wellbeing in the communities we serve.

After all, values are about people and they were created in partnership with our staff to reflect what they felt was important to them

Here at Bridgewater our shared values flow through the organisation.

P- Person-centred-We are passionate about individual needs and promote independence in the healthcare we provide..

E- Empowered- We empower our people and encourage new ideas to deliver and create improvements in community care.

O- Open and Honest -We behave in a way that develops relationships based on trust, openness, honesty and respect.

P- Professional-We support our people, so everyone has the right skills and training to deliver outstanding patient care.

L- Locally Lead -We are always learning about our communities and show great pride in being a local provider of health and care.

E- Efficient -We use our resources wisely to provide sustainable and value for money healthcare for our patients.

Unfortunately, we do not hold a sponsor licence for working Visas.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To provide specialist neuropsychological and psychological assessments of care for patients with neurological conditions in Warrington, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of highly complex psychological data from a variety of sources including neuropsychological and psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structure interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate, develop and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of patients neuropsychological and/or mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patients problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, 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 or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide highly specialised psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans.
  • To ensure that all relevant professionals have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management with particular reference to deliberate self- harm.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by other relevant professional.

This list is not exhaustive- please find full JD attached.

Person Specification



  • 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.
  • Further specialist training in the assessment and treatment of neurological disorders presenting with the full range of clinical severity through formal post doctoral training (diploma or equivalent) or a combination of specialist short courses together with an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice based learning as assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equivalent level to a postgraduate diploma.
  • Completion of formal training in clinical supervision. HCPC registered as a Practitioner Psychologist

Skills & Attributes


  • High level skills in providing consultation to professional and non-professional groups within and outside the NHS.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of neuropsychological assessment and treatment.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of neuropsychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • High level skills in the assessment and management of risk.
  • High level 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.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Skills in the interpretation of service policy and professional guidance and clinical governance in relation to clinical, professional and managerial practice.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC.



  • Experience 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 including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Substantial experience working as a qualified clinical psychologist, with experience at senior psychologist level and substantial experience in Neuropsychology.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients psychological care and treatment.
  • Experience of teaching, training and of providing clinical supervision to psychologists and other healthcare professionals


  • Experience of working with patients who have had a stoke
  • Experience of working in an acute hospital setting
  • Experience of contributing directly to the processes of service development and policy implementation
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.

Job Specific Requirements


  • Ability to utilise a range of methods and technology for clinical and administrative tasks
  • Ability to identify need and provide appropriate support to staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships with multi -disciplinary staff.
  • Ability to monitor risk of aggression and respond appropriately to verbal and physical aggression when it arises.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • The ability to contain and manage organisational stress and to support others experiencing such stress.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi -media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Commitment to working as a psychologist within a multi -agency setting and competent at so doing.
  • The flexibility to work in a range of settings and to manage the organisational and travel demands related to this.
  • The ability to sustain a restricted sitting position for the long periods required within the clinical role.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Do you have the right to stay and work in the UK without sponsorship (share-codes will be checked if applicable)

Employer details

Employer name

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Spencer House

89 Dewhurst Road, Birchwood



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