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Clinical Psychologist in Chronic Pain

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for a Clinical Health Counsellor Psychologist in Chronic Painwho wishes to join #TeamIOWNHS. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients receive quality and compassionate care and work with us to ensure the Trust continues its journey towards great people, great place.

The Isle of Wight Chronic Pain Service is seeking applications from highly motivated individuals to work within the service offering high quality, patient centred care to the island population.

You will provide both individual and group based psychological therapies to individuals with complex pain, making a significant difference to the quality of life and wellbeing of these individuals.

This role is offered on either a part time or full time basis.

Main duties of the job

The chronic pain service is a small, busy, friendly & cohesive department with good clinical outcomes well regarded by the local population. The team has recently undertaken a restructuring exercise and is aiming to increase the psychology and movement based services offered those with intractable pain on the island and so are looking to increase our staffing within these disciplines

Under the supervision of the 8a Psychologist to provide high quality clinical care to patients of the Chronic pain service.

This will include participating in both multidisciplinary assessments and individual psychological assessments. The post holder will hold an individual caseload as well as contributing to the development and delivery of group-based pain management interventions.

You will form part of the multidisciplinary team and will provide advice and consultation on psychological aspects of pain management to both patients and other clinicians.

The post involves taking an active part in audit, research and development of the service as well as contributing to development and training.

As a psychologist within the chronic pain team you will be linked with the wider psychological services on the Island joining a dynamic and expanding team

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust's beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

Person Specification

Qualifications and role specific knowledge


  • Doctoral level training in Clinical/ counselling/ health psychology or equivalent as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - or will be at the end of training
  • Experience working with a wide variety of client groups, and presenting with the full range of clinical severity including inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
  • Experience of psychological work with individuals with health problems.
  • Maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing consultations
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.



  • Well developed communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Conveying highly complex information to clients, their families, carers and other health professionals.
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with physical health problems.



  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of psychology
  • Understanding of contemporary models of chronic pain.

Communication Skills


  • Commitment to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


St Marys Hospital

Parkhurst Road


PO30 5TG

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