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Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Stroke

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Sutton in Ashfield
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Following a successful bid to the Stroke Quality Improvement for Rehabilitation Project (SQuIRe) an exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to lead the psychology input across the stroke care pathway including inpatient and community services at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The role includes developing the psychology service within the newly developed Integrated Community Stroke Service (ICSS). The post will involve working as part of a multidisciplinary community stroke team providing rehabilitation up to six months post stroke. You will also provide consultation and professional guidance to the multidisciplinary inpatient team with some opportunity to work across the pathway.

As a valued member of the MDT, you will provide consultation, training and supervision to staff on patients' psychological/neuropsychological wellbeing. You will provide line management and supervision of colleagues in Clinical Psychology across the care pathway. You will work with the senior leadership team in enhancing psychological understanding to support the wider system including supporting a stepped care model.

Main duties of the job

You will lead the provision of Clinical Psychology Stroke Services across both Nottinghamshire Healthcare and Sherwood Forest Hospitals and provide leadership, consultation and professional guidance. You will advise commissioning bodies as required.

The main clinical duties of the role will be in the Integrated Community Stroke Service where you will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality, specialist Clinical Psychology service. You will be required to design and implement care pathways and protocols to assess and manage mood and cognition difficulties in accordance with national guidance. You will support the ICSS team offering consultation, training and supervision regarding the neuropsychological assessment and management of stroke. You will be encouraged to engage with appropriate CPD and networking to ensure best practice.

You will have a key role in auditing the effectiveness of the newly developed Integrated Community Stroke Service as part of the SQuIRe project.

You must be a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and have substantive experience of working with people after stroke. You should have completed the knowledge component of the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology. You should have completed or enrolled on the full Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology. You must have excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with a range of professionals, patients, and families.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To operate as a senior member of both the SFHT Stroke Leadership Team and the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Neuropsychology Team to support the delivery of stroke psychology services. To advise commissioning bodies and the Nottinghamshire Integrated for Stroke Delivery Network as appropriate.
  • To contribute to national forums which develop national guidance regarding the psychological management of stroke including the British Psychological Society, Health Service Executive, Royal College of Physicians Service, NHS England as appropriate.
  • To plan, manage, lead and ensure the delivery of specialist psychological and neuropsychological services in line with national guidance for adults affected by stroke within the SFHT care pathway across specialist inpatient and community services.
  • To be responsible for designing, developing and delivering a high quality, specialist clinical psychology service to the newly formed SFHT Integrated Community Stroke Service for adults up to 6 months post stroke. Including the design and development of neuropsychological care pathways for the assessment and treatment of stroke related mood and cognition difficulties to comply with national guidance. The service will adhere to current evidence and national guidance including the NHS Service Model for an Integrated Community Stroke Service (2022).
  • To design, oversee and implement a stepped care model of psychological care across the SFHT stroke pathway including inpatient and community settings to widen patient access to psychological care ensuring service delivery at all levels of care including by non-psychology staff. To achieve this through training, consultation and supervision on psychological care to the multidisciplinary teams.
  • To be responsible for the recruitment of Clinical Psychology staff for SFHT stroke services. To be jointly responsible, with the Lead Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, for the recruitment of Clinical Psychology staff for NHC stroke psychology services.
  • To provide line management of Clinical Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists and provide specialist neuropsychological clinical supervision to Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists and Trainee Clinical Psychologists in both the Integrated Community Stroke Service and the inpatient Stroke Ward.
  • To be responsible for the organisation and professional leadership of Clinical and other Practitioner Psychologists, trainees, assistants, and placement students, as required.
  • To provide professional expert leadership and supervision to a range of MDT colleagues across all service areas regarding the neuropsychological impact of stroke and its management.
  • To be a teaching resource for local Clinical Psychology Training courses. To use research skills for service evaluation, audit, policy and service development. To lead the assessment of the effectiveness of the Integrated Community Stroke Service including Psychology, using appropriate outcome measures and statistical analysis. To rigorously evaluate outcomes using appropriate measures and statistical analysis and suggest innovations to further enhance outcomes for patient care, to present the results to senior management and commissioning bodies.

For more information, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Qualifications & professional membership


  • BPS accredited Doctoral Level training qualification in Clinical Psychology
  • Eligible for Chartered status of the British Psychological Society
  • Health & Care Professions Council Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist: Clinical Psychologist
  • Completion of the knowledge component of the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology at either Diploma or MSc level as recognised by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology
  • Enrolment on or completion of the Full Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology as recognised by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology which confers eligibility for registration on The Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • Completion of a Clinical Psychology supervision qualification as recognised by the D.Clin Psy training courses


  • BPS Chartered Psychologist Status
  • Member of The Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists/Practitioner Full Member of the Division of Neuropsychology
  • Holder of the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN)
  • Experience of publishing in peer reviewed journals



  • Substantive post qualification experience in clinical neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation as applied to the stroke population
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team in stroke services
  • Experience with a variety of neuropsychological assessments and interventions
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Substantive experience of providing professional and clinical supervision and consultation
  • Experience of working with carers and relatives


  • Experience of working with commissioning bodies to advise on service requirements
  • Experience of evaluation of goal based outcomes
  • Experience of managing the workload of other staff



  • Advanced and specialist knowledge of psychological issues in the neuropsychology of stroke, stroke rehabilitation and physical health care including national guidelines
  • Evidence of research and service evaluation


  • An interest in developing stroke rehabilitation services



  • Able to display empathy and professionalism whilst communicating with clients where there may be high levels of emotion, hostility, and resistance
  • Able to communicate with clients with cognitive and communication difficulties
  • Able to relate well to other professional groups
  • Teaching and training skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A commitment to maintaining clinical skills and knowledge in the specialism of clinical neuropsychology and stroke rehabilitation
  • Good team member

Contractual requirements


  • A full current UK driving license and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010. Ability to travel to provide a service as part of a community team in patients' homes as well as between sites
  • Ability to carry out work from home in a confidential and professional manner when required including adequate internet connection

Physical Requirements


  • Sustained periods of sitting and is required to travel to patient homes and between NHS sites to deliver a psychological service as part of a community team. The post holder is required to move psychometric tests and portable IT equipment as required

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Kingsmill Hospital

Mansfield Road

Sutton in Ashfield

NG17 4JL

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