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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
We are delighted to advertise a Clinical Psychology role in the Palliative Care department at the Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust. The post-holder will independently run a psychology service to the multi-disciplinary palliative care team. The team have a long-standing relationship with Clinical Psychology, and they value the input which a Clinical Psychologist can provide.

You will join a small team of Clinical Psychologists working in the Trust, in both adult and paediatric specialities, and there are opportunities for peer supervision/ support in addition to joint working with psychologists based in other departments. You will be supervised by an experienced Clinical Psychologist within the Trust.

If you are interested this role, or in the option of pairing the hours with other vacancies in the Trust, please get in contact with us to discuss options.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Psychologist will be an integral member of the Palliative Care team consisting of Consultants, Nurses and community palliative care staff.

The psychology role will be focused on a mixture of outpatient and inpatient work, supporting patients and facilitating a psychologically-informed approach for the rest of the team. There is some capacity to shape this mix of outpatient and inpatient work, dependent on the clinical interests of the successful candidate. Some of the clinical contact may involve remote working, due to pressure on existing physical space.

The post-holder will need to plan appropriate data to collect, to evaluate and improve the service.

To support the delivery of a high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare service,all staff are expected to act as a role model to others in all aspects of their work and consistently demonstrate NNUH's 'PRIDE' values of People focused, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence and demonstrate behaviours that support and encourage an inclusive culture.

About us

Join us at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and be part of a workforce of over 10,000 staff!

The NNUH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing first-class acute care for around one million people, living in Norfolk and surrounding areas. We are a teaching and research hospital, at the forefront of innovation, home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Quadram Institute. We are pleased to work closely with the University of East Anglia, providing teaching opportunities for our staff and placement opportunities for their students. We attract some of the best and leading professionals from across the country and are proud that our workforce represents 94 countries from across the world.

We are a friendly, collaborative hospital, working with local services and home to N& N Hospitals Charity

We can offer you the full range of NHS benefits/discounts and in addition:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fast Track Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Multi Faith prayer room
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Excellent pension scheme and annual leave entitlement
  • Wagestream - access up to 40% of your pay as you earn it
  • Free Park & Ride service direct to NNUH site
  • Free 24-hours confidential counselling support
  • On-site Nursery
  • On-site cafes offering staff discounts
  • Support in career development
  • Flexible staff bank
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars, Cycle to Work scheme and home electronics

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be responsible for providing a highly specialist systematic and autonomous clinical psychology service, within the specialist area, in accordance with objectives agreed with service and professional managers. The post will require independent management of caseload and the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the bounds of the service operational policy. To provide a clinical service to other specialties, as agreed with the Service Manager for Clinical Psychology.
  • To carry out specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of highly complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the patients care to reach a psychological formulation of the clients difficulties. The post will require manipulation of highly specialist equipment for neuropsychological and psychometric assessments of ability and performance. Assessments will also require the systematic observation, recording, analysis and interpretation of complex visual material.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and management for clients in the service and their families with accompanying psychological difficulties, including clients with highly complex clinical presentations and histories. Treatment to be based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based methods.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of complex psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups (where appropriate) within and across settings employed individually and systemically, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To provide specialist assessments of clients presenting with cognitive impairment due to a variety of causes or organic conditions, including pre-assessment counselling and neuropsychological and functional screening assessments, and to be able to adjust psychological interventions accordingly or to refer on to more appropriate services.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To assess and evaluate information from the child, adult, family and significant others, multi-disciplinary medical team and external agencies relating to medical condition, developmental status and incorporate this information into a clinical formulation. Post will require intensive concentration during all patient and family contact, ranging from relatively brief contact to assessments lasting several hours.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of complex clients whose problems are primarily psychological and to autonomously manage an out-patient caseload in line with the service thresholds and priorities.
  • To provide consultation, mentorship, supervision, debrief and advice about psychological issues at a high level of professional expertise to other members of the team/service and other professionals working with service users, through attendance at regular psychosocial meetings, multidisciplinary team meetings and ward rounds, and across a range of agencies/ settings as appropriate. To evaluate the impact of staff support methods and to advise management within the units on staff support needs and policies.
  • To ensure that all members of the treating team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

Please see the attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctorate (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) in Clinical Psychology recognised as eligible for registration as a Practitioner Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professional Council.
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist



  • Significant proven assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist
  • Experience of working within a Clinical Health setting



  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

Attitude, aptitude


  • Effective role model, demonstrating NNUH's PRIDE values of People focussed, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Colney Lane



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