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Joint Clinical Lead & Lead Psychologist for Persistent Pain Service

Barts Health NHS Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum inc
Closing date
18 Apr 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Tower Hamlets Persistent Pain service is a specialist community based pain service located within Bart's health hospitals, providing for adults living with persistent pain. Our team of professionals offer effective treatment and strategies to help patients manage their pain and improve their quality of life.

An exciting opportunity has come available for an experienced clinical psychologist to join the expanding outpatient Therapies services and work collaboratively with the existing Clinical Lead of the Tower Hamlets Persistent Pain Service (PPS) multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will be jointly responsible for the strategic leadership of the Persistent Pain Service, working closely with the MDT pain service across Barts, the Head of Musculoskeletal Therapy, pain consultants, professional Lead for Clinical Health Psychology, commissioners, and user groups. The post holder will be responsible for the psychological provision within the service.

Main duties of the job

To provide strategic leadership to the persistent pain service within Tower Hamlets

To maintain a clinical caseload

The post holder will provide clinical, management and professional leadership to MDT staff at all levels within the persistent pain service, ensuring that care is delivered to a high standard and that the staff resource is managed effectively.

The post holder contributes to the on-going implementation of the Outpatient Therapy agenda, in close liaison with the Therapy Leads and Pain consultants. The post holder will also undertake the key functions in the attainment and monitoring of quality and clinical performance indicators and ensuring that any aspect of Directorate service delivery is underpinned by the patient and service user experience. The post holder will work in partnership with the Divisional leadership to ensure the operational delivery of the Divisional strategy for safer, cost effective quality care and support the divisional management team in developing the strategic direction and policy framework for the persistent pain service.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Person Specification



  • Extensive experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist, including experience of working in long-term pain management.
  • Experience developing and working on research projects within their field of work
  • Experience of specialist clinical assessment and treatment with medical populations, in accordance with their profession.
  • Strategic leadership of a service and experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams in physical health care settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision of pre and post qualified psychologists (Clinical psychologist applicants only)
  • Experience in the application of psychological approaches for different social and cultural groups.
  • Experience in group work.


  • Experience of contributing to the delivery of pain management programmes.
  • Experience of leading an MDT team.
  • Experience in working with challenging client groups (e.g. people with multiple physical, social and psychological problems, or people whose health is seriously compromised by low adherence to medical regimens).
  • Experience in gathering, collating and reporting on key performance indicators to commissioners.
  • Experience in the application of psychological assessment and preparation for people considering complex medical and surgical interventions.
  • Experience in driving change initiatives in a healthcare setting



  • Well-developed knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods of clinical assessment, intervention and management appropriate to clients with persistent pain.
  • 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 both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Skills in gathering, collating and reporting on key performance indicators to commissioners.
  • Evidence of being able to use computers to a good or excellent level, including the use of Word, Excel & Power point presentations.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC and British Psychological Society
  • Ability to develop and maintain good collaborative working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.
  • Active contribution to service development within the Trust provision for persistent pain.
  • Strong professional interest in persistent pain



  • Knowledge of legislation and social policies relevant to persistent pain and mental health.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology


  • Well-developed knowledge of teaching multi-disciplinary health professionals applications of psychological principles of self-management in chronic disease settings.
  • Knowledge of psychology of health, illness and health care experiences and processes.
  • Well-developed knowledge of theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence
  • Registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Completion of further post-graduate/qualification specialist relevant training in clinical supervision, including Training in supervision of trainee clinical psychologists (Clinical psychologist applicants only)


  • Accredited training in research methodology and/or health psychology.
  • Post-graduate/ qualification training in one or more additional areas of psychological practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Mile End Hospital


E1 1FR

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