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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a highly skilled Clinical Psychologist to join our Integrated Stroke Early Supported Discharge and Community Neuro Rehabilitation Service.

We have the opportunity to offer a development role for the right candidate.

'It is an exciting time to be working in the Stroke ESD and Community Neuro Rehabilitation Service as we continue to develop the excellent standard of neuropsychology provision that we offer. I love working as a Clinical Psychologist in the service because the team are skilled and supportive, the rehabilitation our patients receive is excellent and it makes me proud to be a part of this'

You will be responsible for a clinical caseload across Cambridgeshire, where you will deliver evidence-based specialist Psychology programmes to support patients with complex needs. You will work collaboratively with a team of professionals, including Psychology Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Specialist Nurses, & Neuro Rehab Assistants.

This is a countywide service, and the successful candidates base will be negotiable. This exciting opportunity involves working in different settings, including patient's homes, wards, and using virtual consultations to manage your caseload. There may be times when there is a requirement to provide clinical cover across the county.

If you are an adaptable individual with excellent clinical skills and knowledge and have access to a car for work purposes, we want to hear from you!

Main duties of the job

Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

To provide specialist psychology for the Stroke Early Supported Discharge and Community Neuro rehabilitation Service,use evidence-based practice, ensure clinical care is effective and appropriate,promote independence and ensure patients receive the appropriate care, be professionally and legally accountable for your own and delegated work, undertake holistic specialist assessment using advanced, specialist clinical reasoning skills.

To ensure that accurate and timely written records are kept, report any issues,be responsible for initiating and co-ordinating case conferences when indicated to ensure integrated care and planning,provide specialist neurological advice to all members of the multi-disciplinary team, service users and others of changes involving current care plans, patients progress and other relevant matters. To workwithin Trust and HCPC guidelines, demonstrate a good working knowledge of national and local standards in line with legal and operational requirements, use own professional judgement,implement best practice/legislation.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To assess, plan and develop specialist psychological programmes for patients under care of the Stroke Early Supported Discharge and Community Neuro Rehabilitation
  • To work as an autonomous specialist practitioner within the multi-professional team as part of the Stroke Early Supported Discharge and Community Neurorehabilitation Service.
  • To be responsible for own caseload and undertake specialist assessment of patients with complex and multiple neurological pathologies using advanced, specialist clinical reasoning skills based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patients care.
  • To identify patient needs, agree goals and provide appropriate psychological interventions relating to their physical, functional and psychological needs. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families, and groups, within and across services, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models, multi-modal assessments and interventions and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a patients cognitive, behavioural and/or emotional problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patients difficulties, and employing methods of evidence-based proven efficacy.
  • To advise and support the service on the assessment and management of behaviours that challenge.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice to professionals from other disciplines.
  • To be actively involved in training, teaching and supporting band 7, 6 and 5 therapists, Assistant Psychologists and Rehabilitation Assistants if appropriate, to achieve competencies.
  • To build up and maintain key relationships with referring services to facilitate appropriate referrals, and an understanding of the roles within the Stroke Early Supported Discharge and Community Neurorehabilitation service.

Join our team and made a positive impact on the lives of our service users.

*DVLA have a number ofreciprocalarrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Professional knowledge in Neuro Rehabilitation including Stroke rehabilitation Theoretical study and experience in Neuro Rehabilitation to post graduate qualification or equivalent experience


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialized areas of psychological practice
  • Current BPS registration



  • Experience of working with adults presenting with stroke that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of staff teaching and training
  • Significant relevant post-graduate clinical experience in a variety of settings including community and working across service boundaries


  • Extensive experience of working in a community Neuro Rehabilitation service

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
  • Able to support Integrated Care Workers, Assistant Practitioners and professional staff.
  • Good time management and prioritisation skills

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
  • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately

Physical requirements


  • Must have access to a personal car and the ability to drive independently around the locality, due to the radius covered and lack of public transport in some areas



  • Demonstrates empathy for the concerns of others
  • Listens to and understands directly and indirectly expressed feelings
  • Manages strong emotions and responds constructively to the source of problems

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Hinchingbrooke Park


PE29 6NT

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