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Highly Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist - Cardiology

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 Per annum including HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 8a Psychologist to join North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH) on a part time, permanent basis.

The postholder will be based in the Cardiology Department of NMUH, delivering services to people living with long term conditions.

Although based in the Cardiology Department, the post sits under Clinical Health Psychology which is a small, friendly team of psychologists inputting to services across the hospital.

The post is advertised at 0.4 WTE, however there may be opportunities to increase this as the service and Clinical Health Psychology department expands and attains more funding. There is the opportunity for flexible working.

As the only Psychologist based in Cardiology you will be asked to provide a high quality, specialized clinical psychology service to clients in Cardiology services across all relevant areas in NMUH. This includes: specialist psychological assessment, formulation and therapy as well as offering advice, supervision, training and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines. To use research skills for audit, policy, service development and research within the area served by the team/service. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team.

Main duties of the job

Clinical responsibilities:

Provide specialist psychological assessments of clients based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.

Formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems, across the full range of Cardiology settings.

Be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions.

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.

Exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

Provide specialist psychological advice and consultation to other professionals.

Contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

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.

Communicate across language and cultural barriers by communicating with patients, carers or groups through professional interpreters or advocates.

About us

North Mid is part of North Central London integrated care system - consisting of the NHS and Local authority organisations in Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. As with other ICS's, we are working increasingly closely with partners and indeed many of our financial and performance objectives are measured at this system level. Whilst all organisations remain as standalone, statutory bodies we have an ICS infrastructure for making shared decisions and agreeing shared approaches.

We are proud of our staff and want to ensure their training allows them to provide excellent clinical care. We are also a training unit for medical students from UCL and St George's University Grenada, and for nursing and midwifery students from Middlesex and City Universities.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

As well as clinical duties:

Receive regular clinical supervision from a senior clinical psychologist.

Provide supervision and training to other MDT staffs psychological work as appropriate.

Provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee and assistant clinical psychologists when appropriate.

Provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.Contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

Undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.

Participate in project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.

Contribute to the development of the clinical psychology services within the Trust.Contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.

Ensure the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service.

Maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice and Trust policies.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Honours degree in Psychology
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS


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

Skills and abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Highly 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 and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • 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
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • 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


  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc)
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in patients with long term physical health problems, including those with cardiac related problems
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including, physical health problems, outpatient, community, clinic and in patient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity. Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision
  • Experience of working with physical health problems and services
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health


  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working as a Psychologist in a Cardiology Department
  • Experience working as a highly specialist psychologist and carrying the responsibilities that accompany this role

Personal Qualities


  • Compassionate, flexible, sensitive and committed
  • Enthusiasm for multi-disciplinary working with a thoughtful approach to developing psychological services within this context.

Employer details

Employer name

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust


North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH)

NMUH, Sterling Way


N18 1QX

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