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Clinical Psychologist

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa/ pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
If you are passionate about making a positive difference to the quality of life of people living with neurological conditions, then this post may be the opportunity for you. We are delighted to advertise this permanent post in the Neuropsychology Services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (STHFT).

We aim to attract a committed, diverse, and talented workforce who are passionate about delivering psychological care within an acute hospital setting and adapting approaches to meet the needs of our services and service users. In return, we offer a supportive, dynamic work setting where you can link with colleagues and develop your career.

We welcome applications from HCPC registered Clinical Psychologists with skills and experience in Neuropsychology relevant to this context support will be given for anyone returning to the workplace.

As a department, we recognise that diversity of workforce extends our skills, experiences, and ideas, thereby adding value and creativity to our services. The department has an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) group and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community.

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Main duties of the job

Within this diverse role in both the neuropsychology outpatient service and MND service, there will be opportunities for multidisciplinary team working, providing supervision and training along with guidance to the wider staff group. Working with patients and team members, there is potential to have a far-reaching positive impact both directly and indirectly, making a huge difference to outcomes and quality of life for patients with neurological conditions.

Our service provides high quality, in depth neuropsychological assessment that can be diagnostic or provide a profile of strengths and difficulties to support adjustment.

The specialist MND service offers multi-disciplinary support to patients and their families. Psychologists provide psychological support (including end of life care), cognitive screening and assessment, and consultation to the MDT. As part of the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITRaN), the MND service is internationally renowned for both research and clinical care. Psychologists are encouraged and supported to work in existing research and develop their own, including options to attend research meetings, journal clubs, international conferences and access formal mentoring. The MND Psychology team now has a track record of attracting funding and facilitating development of clinical academic career paths.

About us

New members of staff receive a warm welcome. There are options for hybrid/flexible working, and observation and shadowing are encouraged. All staff have a dedicated clinical supervisor.

As a member of the department, you will be part of a substantial, experienced, and enthusiastic team benefitting from inhouse professional development including clinical supervision, special interest groups and opportunities to engage in our wider projects.

The department is committed to supporting our staff and have a well-supported Staff Engagement and Wellbeing Group. The Trust has a flexible working policy, allowing for a range of flexible / hybrid working options as appropriate to the service needs. The attached document outlines our department strategy.

As a dynamic department, we have seen considerable growth in recent years and have a portfolio of new service developments. Continuing professional development is strongly supported, as appropriate to the individual's and organisation's requirements.

The department has strong links with the Sheffield, Leeds and Hull DClinPsy courses. We also offer placements to trainees on DCounsPsy courses.

Applicants can be considered for other potential vacancies if interested.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We have inpatient and outpatient services including stroke, MND, neurorehabilitation, dementia, neurosurgery, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dementia and Parkinsons disease. Referrals are received from neurologists and neurosurgeons who are highly regarded specialists in their fields.

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

The role will be of particular interest to those interested in pursuing a clinical research career.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Stephanie Andrews

Principal Clinical Psychologist

0114 271 3770

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), as accredited by the HCPC, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the British Psychological Society. Will consider applicants due to complete training in September 2023.
  • Professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Eligible for Practitioner Full Membership of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology or BPS Division of Counselling Psychologist


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in other fields of applied psychology.



  • Working with a wide variety of presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with patients across the lifespan
  • Experience of working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary setting
  • Experience of working in a physical health setting, including with people affected by neuropsychological issues


  • Experience of teaching and/or training
  • Experience of the application of the practice of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of delivering psychologically informed groups

Further Training


  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g., personality disorder, chronic or terminal illness, complex psychological or physical problems, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Specialist knowledge of psychological issues in relation to adjustment to life changing conditions, including those which are life-limiting
  • Knowledge of legislation and national policies and guidance in relation to the patient group, specifically around their physical and mental health
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological or psychotherapeutic approaches
  • Specialist knowledge of neuropsychological, physical health and medical interventions relating to neurological and neuropsychological diagnoses

Skills and Knowledge


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Skills in working effectively with other professionals in multidisciplinary settings
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional credibility at all levels of the organisation


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Skills in the administration and interpretation of neuropsychological assessment tests

Personal Qualities


  • Highly developed ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) highly complex and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to manage time effectively and prioritise workload
  • Positive attitude, sensitivity, and commitment to working with patient groups affected by medical/physical health conditions
  • Ability to deal with frequent exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances
  • Ability to maintain intense concentration on a frequent basis

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Glossop Road


S10 2SF

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