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Principle Clinical Health Psychologist Pain

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
20 Apr 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
The post holder will be the lead Clinical Psychologist and member of the multidisciplinary team within the Pain Service at Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust and the wider pain pathway. They will also be the lead Clinical Psychologist for the ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Service at Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. Contributing to scoping options for developing other services within long term conditions.

Main duties of the job

The key responsibilities are to provide: -
  • Advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically and physically based care and treatment.
  • Line management and clinical supervision to both qualified and unqualified psychologists working within the team.
  • Lead on service delivery, service planning and care pathways

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Professional qualification in clinical or counselling psychology.
  • Experience of specialist assessment and formulation and treatment of adults in inpatient and/ or community settings.
  • Experience of liaising with clinical and management colleagues around service improvement in a relevant area.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical or counselling psychology (or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996) which provides eligibility for Chartered Membership of the BPS (British Psychological Society).
  • Registered and accredited with Health Care Professional Council (HCPC).
  • Proven ability in teaching and formal training in professional/clinical supervision.

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of substantial post-doctoral training, experience and expert knowledge in psychological models and therapeutic approaches with an evidence base within the area of specialism.
  • Training and experience in supervising qualified and unqualified psychological therapists.



  • Significant experience working as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist, including demonstrable post qualification experience at a highly specialist level in the related specialisms.
  • Significant experience of working in evidence-based ways with service users (and their carers/ families) presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the range of care settings, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of dealing with highly distressing or emotional circumstances, such as serious mental illness, child and sexual abuse, exploitation, and complex family dynamics.
  • Experience of teaching and professional/clinical supervision, as well as experience of developing and leading the delivery of training programmes and supervision.
  • Experience of service evaluation and implementing change from a national and local health or social care change agenda that impacts across services and professions.
  • Experience of working with, and addressing issues of diversity, including experience of working with diversity, multiculturalism and equality of access to services

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Able to manage a demanding and complex caseload while supporting junior colleagues.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues, both within and outside the NHS.
  • Detailed and advanced knowledge of a range of evidence-based assessments and therapeutic interventions within designated clinical area.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and highly effective communication skills with the ability to support, engage and lead patients, clinicians and other stakeholder groups in change, development, and improvement.

Additional requirements


  • Demonstrates the ability to respond to people's needs sensitively, particularly with reference to all aspects of diversity.
  • Able to work flexibly as required and to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements and duties of the position.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


25 Erleigh Road



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