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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year pro rata per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are delighted to offer the exciting opportunity of psychology lead for both the Chronic Pain (hospital) service and Haematology (hospital and community) services within Whittington Health. The Band 8a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist will work across the medical specialties of chronic pain, sickle cell (paediatric and adult) and thalassemia (adult).

We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled clinical health psychologist to join an established, dynamic and supportive multi-disciplinary team for a part time 33.75 hours per week post, however, we can consider applications for two part time posts, one for 15 hours per week and one for 18.75 hours per week.

Job title: Clinical or Counselling Psychologist in Clinical Health Psychology

Salary: Band 8a (depending on previous experience)

Job type: Permanent

Main duties of the job

Integrated care is central to the Whittington Health core philosophy and close involvement with psychologists is prioritized. The post involves close working with multi-disciplinary teams so strong communication and team-working skills are essential. The successful candidate will have post-qualification clinical and consulting experience in the area of physical health care, both with adults and children and with self-management groups. The post-holder will also be based within the Clinical Health Psychology team which supports team learning, creative working and service development and offers a variety of CPD opportunities. The teams value and celebrate diversity and welcome candidates from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Key working days include Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

About us

At Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

We have 3 key priorities which are:

Early and Effective Intervention,

Helping People to Live Well

Research and Innovation

The cultural pillars that help us achieve our key priorities are:

We value each other

We are empowered

We keep things simple

We are connected

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

Job description Job responsibilities


- To provide specialist psychological assessments using interview, formal psychometric and other assessment methods as appropriate, to clients referred from a range of specialities by the Whittington Health Haematology and Chronic Pain teams.

- To formulate and develop psychological treatment and management plans for referred clients, working with carers and significant others as needed, to provide targeted interventions, using a range of therapeutic approaches.

-To devise and deliver group-based interventions, including leading in the development and provision of a Pain Management programme.

- To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals to assist in the formulation, diagnosis and treatment of clients.

- To provide reports and communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients.

- To work closely and communicate effectively with the multi-disciplinary teams to ensure the provision of effective and evidence-based interventions.

- To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

- To attend and contribute to referral, multidisciplinary and service operational meetings.

- To maximize opportunities for mutual learning with MDT colleagues to inform clinical work.

- To liaise with other health and social care staff, from a range of agencies, in the care provided to clients.

Teaching, training, and supervision

- To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.

- To participate in an agreed programme of post-qualification training and professional development towards developing advanced knowledge and practice.

- To undertake training to develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and clinical supervision.

- To provide professional and clinical supervision of clinical psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists appropriate to level of post holders experience and, where required, of assistant psychologists.

- To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or other applied psychologists, as appropriate.

- To provide advice, consultation, training and supervision, where appropriate, to other health and social care staff working with the client group.

- To facilitate reflective practice sessions for the Haematology and Chronic Pain teams, including working with challenging cases, as needed and requested.

Management, policy and service development

- To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of clinical teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

- To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing

- To contribute to the management of the workload of clinical psychologists, trainees and assistant psychologists, where appropriate, within the framework of the services policies and procedures.

Research and service evaluation

- To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work, group work and work with other team members.

- To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.- To undertake project management, including audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop and evaluate service provision.

Person Specification Education and qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 2000) as accredited by the HCPC.
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a clinical psychologist or a counselling psychologist
Experience Essential
  • Completion of substantial post-doctoral post-qualification supervised clinical health psychology experience working with clients in the area of medicine or surgery or a related client group.
  • Experience of working as a psychologist within a physical health multi-disciplinary team
Knowledge Essential
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological intervention with people with physical health conditions.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological intervention with people with physical health conditions.
Skills and abilities Essential
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues

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