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Specialist Clinical Neuropsychologist

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Full Time
The Neuropsychology Department of the National Hospital is one of the largest Neuropsychology Departments in the UK and has long had an international reputation for its clinical services and research. The Department provides highly specialised diagnostic, management and rehabilitation services both for in and outpatients with a variety of

neurological, neurosurgical and neuropsychiatric conditions

This post is suitable for clinical psychologists with an interest in neuropsychology and relevant experience in adult neuropsychology assessment and intervention. Candidates must: -
  • Have Doctorate level training in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Neuropsychology (or its equivalent)
  • Be registered or eligible to register with the HCPC
  • Have experience in conducting, interpreting and communicating findings from complex neuropsychological assessments

Main duties of the job

This post will be based within the Comprehensive Stroke Service at the NHNN with out-reach to NCL community teams.

The post-holder will contribute to the provision of specialist neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation and advice on management of complex disability, within inpatient and outpatient MDT settings.

The post is currently funded for 12 months, but it is envisaged that further funds will be acquired in due course.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

For more information regarding the main responsibilities of the role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Honours degree in psychology or related disciplines, and a Doctorate and/or PhD level in clinical psychology / neuropsychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered, or eligible to be registered, as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Specialist knowledge of neuropsychological assessment techniques and psychometrics
  • Specialist knowledge of neuropsychological syndromes and functional neuroanatomy


  • Doctoral level research completed in a relevant area of clinical neuropsychology
  • Knowledge of interventions and neuro-rehabilitation and an ability to guide and advise medical / nursing and therapy staff on these principles.
  • knowledge of further educational and support systems / services for cognitively impaired adults



  • Previous experience presenting to peers / colleagues on a range of clinical and research issues
  • At least one specialised clinical neuropsychology placement during clinical training, or in previous work experience


  • Experience of the application of neuropsychology in a stroke setting gained in training or previous employment.
  • Neuropsychological experience across a range of clinical settings, client ages and neuropsychological syndromes

Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrates understanding of, and ability to, manage the needs of patients with acute and long-term disability, including the use of supportive counselling skills as appropriate
  • Demonstrates professional and effective verbal and written communication skills including excellent negotiation skills with patients, carers and other health professional staff in service delivery
  • Ability to communicate highly sensitive information to cognitively impaired and/or psychologically vulnerable people and their carers, who may have significant barriers to understanding or acceptance
  • Management of verbal aggression, inappropriate behaviour and risk of physical aggression from people with a behavioural / cognitive disturbance.



  • A high level of interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must be able to cope with highly emotive and psychologically challenging demands of working with neurologically impaired patients for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people in a sensitive, caring and non-judgemental manner.

Personal and People Development


  • Ability to establish good rapport and professional working relationships within multidisciplinary teams and other agencies for extended periods of time
  • Ability to show initiative and utilise clinical supervision in different services effectively
  • Ability to identify areas for own personal / professional development through highly developed reflective practice skills and integrate knowledge gained into own practice
  • Effective time management and ability to prioritise own workload
  • Ability to autonomously manage own caseload
  • Ability to represent Neuropsychology in multidisciplinary group settings and within specialist clinical services.
  • Ability to complete clinical and research duties in an autonomous fashion.

Specific Requirements


  • Previous experience of research indicating the ability to conduct research autonomously, with supervision as required.
  • Ability to critique and evaluate scientific data and best practice clinical guidelines
  • Evidence of working effectively in multidisciplinary Teams
  • Evidence of effective clinical reasoning in the assessment and management of complex neurodisability
  • Competent IT skills (word processing, spreadsheets, statistical packages)


  • Interest in conducting scientific research within relevant areas of clinical neuropsychology

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



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