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 a background in neuropsychology and relevant experience in adult neuropsychology assessment and intervention. Candidates must: -
Main duties of the job
- Have a postgraduate qualification in Clinical Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society
- Be registered or eligible to register with the HCPC
- Have experience in conducting, interpreting, and communicating findings from complex neuropsychological assessments.
- Candidates not yet meeting all requirements for appointment at Band 8a can be considered for appointment at Band 7 with the view to progress to 8a dependent on assessment of performance.
The post holder will provide clinical neuropsychological input to a multidisciplinary Vocational Rehab team and contribute to the operation and development of a high demand out-patient clinical service, including the provision of neuropsychological assessments and rehabilitation treatments.
It is expected that the post holder will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be committed to the delivery of a high standard of care, and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Supervision and further training will be provided by the Department.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 descriptionJob 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 SpecificationKnowledge and QualificationsEssential
- Honours degree in psychology or related disciplines, and a Doctorate and/or PhD level in clinical psychology / clinical neuropsychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
- Doctoral level research completed in a relevant area of clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology
- Specialist knowledge of neuropsychological syndromes and functional neuroanatomy
- Specialist knowledge of neuropsychological assessment techniques and psychometrics
- Knowledge of interventions and neuro-rehabilitation and an ability to guide and advise medical / nursing and therapy staff on these principles.
- Specialist knowledge of psychological therapies relevant to use in a neuro-rehabilitation setting.
- Knowledge of further educational and support systems / services for cognitively impaired adults
- At least two years experience post-qualification of the application of clinical neuropsychology to specialist neurorehabilitation settings.
- Previous experience presenting to peers / colleagues on a range of clinical and research issues
- Neuropsychological experience across a range of clinical settings, client ages and neuropsychological syndromes
Skills & AbilitiesEssential
- Post-qualification experience using cognitive rehabilitation techniques and psychological interventions (eg CBT, brief interventions, counselling, psychosocial interventions) with patients who have neurological conditions.
Personal & people developmentEssential
- Demonstrates understanding of, and ability to, manage the needs of patients with acute and chronic 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 behavioural disturbances eg verbal aggression, inappropriate behaviour and risk of physical aggression from people with a behavioural / cognitive disturbance.
- Ability to establish good rapport and professional working relationships within multidisciplinary teams and other agencies for extended periods of time
- Ability to show leadership, 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 clinical psychology in multi-disciplinary group settings and within specialist clinical services.
Academic and researchEssential
- Ability to complete clinical and research duties in an autonomous fashion.
Quality and service improvementEssential
- Previous experience of research indicating the ability to conduct research autonomously, with supervision as required.
- Interest in conducting scientific research within relevant areas of clinical neuropsychology
Information processing (IT skills)Desirable
- Evidence of working effectively in multidisciplinary teams
- Evidence of effective clinical reasoning in the assessment and management of complex neuro-disability.
- Competent IT skills (word processing, spreadsheets, statistical packages)
Employer detailsEmployer name
- 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.
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustAddress
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
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