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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (XR07)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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This post provides an exciting opportunity to work into Congenital Cardiology and Neonates across LTHT. We are looking for a qualified or newly qualified Clinical Psychologist who is caring, enthusiastic and dedicated to delivering preventative psychological support and early intervention.

The successful candidate will be part of a large MDT (including nursing, medical and surgical colleagues, allied health professionals and outreach), to offer timely, flexible and early psychological support to families within these two departments.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work therapeutically with families across two services and be an important part of service development in these areas.

Neonatology The role involves working within a level 4 neonatal unit across two neonatal wards at LGI and SJUH, supporting parents and carers of vulnerable babies who are born early, those with congenital difficulties or those who become ill at birth.

Congenital Cardiology - The congenital cardiology lifespan service is embedded within the Cardiology MDT to support the mental well-being of patients with congenital cardiac disease. The service uses a life span approach working into foetal clinics with parents whose babies are diagnosed antenatally, with children & families, through transition & into adult services.

Part of our preventative strategy to manage procedural distress is our Surgical Preparation Pathway, an MDT approach to supporting families through open heart surgery. We have a well-established joint psychology & play clinic in Paediatric surgery which helps manage child and parent anxiety and support staff. Developing a pathway to support adults waiting for surgery is an exciting new development which this role will be part of.

About us

The Department is academically ambitious with links to the expanding ClinPsych Programme and Schools of Medicine and Psychology at the University of Leeds, Sheffield and Hull. We have a strong track record of providing excellent CPD opportunities and clinical supervision in a wide range of therapy modalities.

This post is part of the Department of Paediatric Psychologys preceptorship framework, whereby early career post-holders follow a pathway leading to the Senior grade (AfC 8a), which includes completing post-qualification supervisor and therapy training, and logging experiences commensurate with the Senior job description.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide a qualified clinical psychology service to patients referred by Trust Consultants in designated clinical specialties/areas and flexibly to meet access targets and the demands of in-patient ward rounds

To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy and also to offer advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall frameworks of the policies and procedures of the Department and Trust.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and to lead on research projects within the area served by the team/service.



Develop and maintain communication with people on complex matters, issues and ideas and/or in complex situations

Develop own skills and knowledge and provide information to others to help their development

Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others

Contribute to the improvement of services

Maintain quality in own work and encourage others to do so

Support equality and value diversity

Health and wellbeing

Plan, develop and implement approaches to promote health and wellbeing and prevent adverse effects of health and wellbeing

Assess health and wellbeing needs and develop, monitor and review care plans to meet specific needs

Contribute to protecting people at risk

Assess physiological and psychological functioning when there are complex and/or undifferentiated abnormalities, diseases and disorders and develop, monitor and review related treatment plans

Plan, deliver and evaluate interventions and/or treatments when there are complex issues and/or serious illness

Information & Knowledge:

Gather, analyse, interpret and present extensive and/or complex data and information


Enable people to learn and develop

Test and review new concepts, models, methods, practices, products and equipment

Supervise peoples work

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology
  • Two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as approved by the HCPC.
  • It is a condition of your employment that you gain a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology within six months of starting in post, if not already qualified.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with clients across the lifespan.

practical skills or Additional Requirements


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

Skills & Behaviours


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients & their families,/carers
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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