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Principal Practitioner Psychologist - Clinical or Counselling

Barts Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £62,785 per annum inc (Preceptorship available)
Closing date
22 Sep 2023
Applications are invited to join the Psychology Service in Infection & Immunity at Barts Health NHS Trust.

We would like to recruit an HCPC-registered Practitioner Psychologist who has specialist interests and skills in psychology as applied to HIV and sexual health. The primary purpose of the post is to provide psychological support to the patients of the HIV Clinic at Barking Community Hospital. This role also involves providing psychosexual support to the patients of the Sexual Health Clinic, which is also onsite in Barking.

This is a new post, hosted by Barts Health NHS Trust which enables the successful candidate to be supported by and integrated with one of London's largest psychology services in HIV and sexual health.

This can also be a preceptorship post for a recently qualified psychologist, which would involve a process of training and support to transition into a Band 8A role. The maximum amount of time to develop competencies for promotion will be two years for a recently qualified applicant.

The Psychology Service enjoys good close working relationships with the multi-disciplinary teams in Infection & Immunity. We are an energetic and supportive team offering excellent professional support, supervision and CPD. There is a wealth of specialist clinical expertise, and the service has an active audit, research and teaching programme.

This post will be open to job sharing and flexible working hours.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide a highly specialised psychology service to individuals, their partners and family members who present with complex psychological difficulties related to HIV. This service will be for adults who are receiving treatment from the HIV Clinic at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital NHS Trust (BHRUT) and/or those diagnosed with HIV and living within the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge and under the care of the HIV Community Support Team.

In addition to providing clinical services, the post holder will attend multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meetings, offer regular clinical supervision and provide reflective spaces to the rest of the MDT. The post holder will be working within a busy hospital and community health setting (based at Outpatients East, Barking Community Hospital). However, the post holder will also be embedded within and supported by a larger HIV and Sexual Health Psychology Service at Barts Health NHS Trust.

In addition to assessment and therapeutic support to patients from the HIV clinic, the post holder will also conduct neuropsychological assessments and provide rehabilitative support to those who are struggling with HIV-related cognitive difficulties.

The post holder will also contribute to the Sexual Health Service at Barking by providing psychosexual support to patients from the service.

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 full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working as a qualified practitioner psychologist.
  • Experience in working with physical health problems, such as HIV in an acute medical setting.
  • Experience in working with sexual dysfunctions, such as erectile difficulties and vaginismus.


  • Experience of MDT teaching and training.
  • Experience of neuropsychological assessment in HIV settings.



  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in patients with physical health problems, including HIV, sexual health, sexual risk and sexual assault.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of psychosexual therapy to reduce sexual problems and promote sexual wellbeing.



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or equivalent, if trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • HCPC registration



  • Must have ability to travel to various work sites for meetings.
  • Must have appropriate IT infrastructure and equipment for remote work.

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Barking HIV Clinic


IG11 9LX

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