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Clinical Psychologist

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Full Time
The focus of this role is to lead a project within the NENC-CHD Network to understand what good psychological care looks like in congenital heart disease (CHD). You will deliver network education and resources with and for children, young people and families (CYPFs) and professionals, and raise awareness of emotional impacts of CHD. This important project is charity funded by CHUF.

You will also hold a small clinical caseload within NUTH paediatric cardiology.

Who are we looking for?

If you are looking for a post that:

-Delivers service improvement led by CYPFs

-Proactively provides psycho-education and reflection to develop awareness, knowledge and skills

-Draws on your skills in understanding systems and working with others

-Gives a platform to share evaluation outcomes and learning from experiences of CYPFs

-Will have a lasting impact on support for emotional wellbeing for thousands of CYPFs in the region

And if you are looking for a service that gives you:

-Opportunity to lead a regional network project with good support from colleagues

-Various training/CPD opportunities prioritised to support your development

-Supervision and peer support from our friendly paediatric psychology team

Then we would welcome your application.

This post combines home-working, working from base and regular travel across the Northeast region.
  • Interview Date 14/12/2023
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week

Main duties of the job

Network Project:

-Lead the scoping project learning from experiences of children, young people and families (CYPFs) and professionals and describing psychological needs across the region

-Work alongside network leads to deliver this project and meet network aims

-Conduct the project using effective research-based methodology with patient involvement at the center of the approach

-Disseminate learning from the project with stakeholders, CYPFs, across the network and nationally

-Develop knowledge of regional services and resources to identify opportunities for meeting the identified needs now and in the future

-Clearly detail recommendations for service improvements to inform network strategy

-Develop, deliver and evaluate network psycho-education and resources with and for CYPFs and professionals

-Work with network colleagues to raise awareness of emotional wellbeing impacts in CHD

-Maintain communication with CHUF regarding progress, learning and outcomes

Clinical Work:

-Manage a small clinical caseload of paediatric cardiology patients, conducting high quality assessment and providing evidence-based interventions

-Work alongside MDT colleagues and liaise with other agencies to provide joined-up psychological and physical healthcare

-Manage risk and safeguarding issues safely and effectively according to local guidance

-Use supervision to support clinical effectiveness and service delivery

-Maintain continuing professional development and complete mandatory training required

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Takes appropriate responsibility for clinical psychology provision specialising in a specific area (e.g. research and audit) to the service in which this post is located and making recommendations regarding service provision. Is expected to manage the care of the most challenging and complex psychological presentations presenting within this part of the service. Is required to provide supervision of trainee clinical psychologists.
  • Provides a qualified specialist clinical psychology service across all sectors of care to the population served by this post providing specialist psychological assessment, formulation and therapy. Offering advice and consultation on patients psychological care to colleagues from other disciplines and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

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 accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • HCPC Registration
  • Post-graduate training relevant speciality e.g. neuropsychology, CBT, CAT


  • Training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or fields of applied psychology



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of patients clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, and in patient settings. including outpatient, and in patient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course with 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 within a multicultural framework



  • In addition to obtaining the necessary qualifications and experience to practice as a clinical psychologist, has additional knowledge of national good practice of working as a clinical psychologist
  • Doctorate 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 (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities, etc.)
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health



  • 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 empathise and communicate effectively, orally and in writing complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Demonstrable skills in maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive material and challenging behaviour

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Victoria Infirmary

317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary


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