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Principal Clinical Psychologist (Neuropsychology)

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 £43,742 - £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious Clinical Psychologist to work within our Neuropsychology department. You will be joining our established Neuropsychology Service.

This is an exciting and opportunity for a dynamic individual with developing expertise in Neuropsychology looking to develop their career in clinical neuropsychology.

This job is offered as a fixed term contract for 12 months.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

To work with more senior clinical psychologists in providing a clinical neuropsychology service to adult patients with neurological, neurosurgical, or related psychological conditions. The role will include providing specialist neuropsychological assessment and treatment at the same time as offering advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers. To work autonomously as an independent practitioner within defined aims and professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. To participate in the development of services within Neurosciences, and in collaboration with services across the peninsula in relation to care pathways. To undertake clinical research and audit. To provide teaching, training and consultancy to clinical psychology and other colleagues.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure.


If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100.

We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake highly specialist neuropsychological and psychological assessments of neurosciences patients and to provide opinions to inform the medical diagnosis and care plan. These opinions involve the interpretation and integration of highly complex data from neuropsychological and psychological tests and underlying theoretical and therapeutic models, information from the patient and family, the current literature and with regard to other medical investigations such as neuro-imaging.
  • To communicate these specialist opinions in the form of complex written and verbal reports.
  • To feedback these specialist opinions to patients, families carers and other professionals when the information may be sensitive and contentious. It will be necessary at times, to provide opinions that conflict with other professionals and to communicate these views to individuals who may have difficulties in understanding, communication or who may be angry, highly anxious, hostile or manipulative.
  • To make skilled judgments about treatment options and to provide specialist advice concerning management of a patients physical and psychological care. These opinions involve the interpretation of complex information obtained from psychological theoretical and therapeutic models, underlying evidence of treatment efficacy and factors concerning historical and developments processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To provide specialist and complex psychological treatments and interventions for patients presenting with a wide range of psychological disorders.
  • Under guidance from the senior clinical psychologists, to take professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients and the planning and prioritisation of a dedicated caseload.
  • To provide specialist neuropsychological and psychological consultation to other professionals in relation to patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and care.
  • To attend and participate in all relevant clinical and professional meetings.
  • To plan and prioritise own workload in respect of clinical, research and other activities.

  • For further details please see attached JD& PS

    Person Specification

    Knowledge & Experience


    • oProven doctoral level knowledge of Clinical Psychology, and corresponding high level of skills in assessment and treatment.
    • oAble to supervise assistant psychologists and undergraduate placement students.
    • oAble to undertake teaching and training of clinical psychologists and other professionals.
    • oProven doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
    • oDemonstrable experience of administering and interpreting specialist neuropsychological assessments such that now competent and reliable.
    • oDemonstrable experience of providing assessment and intervention to patients with a wide range of different psychological disorders and from different age groups and backgrounds.


    • oDemonstrable experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts. oExperience of supervision of own and other professions.
    • oDemonstrable experience of supervision of own and other professions.



    • oHonours degree in Psychology (main subject) 2.1 or above.
    • oAccredited postgraduate Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy).


    • oOther related academic or other qualifications Advanced keyboard and IT skills
    • oTraining in professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision.

    Aptitude and abilities


    • oWorks to professional guidelines and Trust policies
    • oAble to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
    • oAbility to maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
    • oAble to exercise well-developed manual skills (e.g. manipulation of neuropsychological test materials) in which accuracy is important and there are small margins of error and to sit in a constrained position for extended periods for client therapy and extended assessments session.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


    Derriford Hospital


    PL6 8DH

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