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Clinical Psychologist

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as a Band 8a Clinical Psychologist in our vibrant Multispecialty Team sat within the Psychology in Healthcare department in a busy tertiary hospital. This is a twelve month temporary post covering a secondment. The Multispecialty Psychology Service offers psychological assessment and therapy to people experiencing psychological distress in relation to their physical health whilst receiving medical treatment or surgical care from our Trust. Our service covers a broad range of physical health specialties offering a valuable opportunity to work with a diverse patient group with a full spectrum of clinical needs.
  • Interview date: 18 June 2024
  • 18 hours 45 minutes/week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

The responsibility of this post is predominantly to provide direct therapeutic support to patients referred to the service on both an inpatient and outpatient setting. Other duties are varied and focus on the diversity of skill held by Clinical Psychologists including offering supervision, consultation to the wider MDT, and participating in group teaching and therapy interventions. You will support the team in undertaking service development projects.

Experience working in physical health is desirable but not required. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, the ability to manage their own caseload and diary, and a willingness to foster good working relationships with the team.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Takes appropriate responsibility for clinical psychology provision specialising in a specific area (e.g. research and audit) to the service in which this post is located and making recommendations regarding service provision. Is expected to manage the care of the most challenging and complex psychological presentations presenting within this part of the service. Is required to provide supervision of trainee clinical psychologists.
  • Provides a qualified specialist clinical psychology service across all sectors of care to the population served by this post providing specialist psychological assessment, formulation and therapy. Offering advice and consultation on patients psychological care to colleagues from other disciplines and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • HCPC Registration.
  • Post-graduate training relevant speciality e.g. neuropsychology, CBT, CAT


  • Training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or fields of applied psychology.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of patients clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, and in patient settings. including outpatient, and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.



  • In addition to obtaining the necessary qualifications and experience to practice as a clinical psychologist, has additional knowledge of national good practice of working as a clinical psychologist
  • Doctorate level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities, etc.)
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to empathise and communicate effectively, orally and in writing complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Demonstrable skills in maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Victoria Infirmary

317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary


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