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Clinical Psychologist Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme (NAIP)

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on experience
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the multidisciplinary team of the Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme (NAIP), one of the leading establishments in cochlear implantation for severe and profoundly deaf adults and children.

We are looking for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to provide specialist assessment and intervention for adults with severe to profound hearing loss and also, ideally, older children with similar needs (from age 13). Candidates will ideally have experience of service delivery across the lifespan, working with patients with hearing impairment, and the use of cognitive assessments in clinical care (specialist neuropsychology expertise would be an advantage but is not essential). The position is well supported and would access clinical supervision from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist. The post holder will also contribute to departmental activities, including research and clinical governance as required.

The post will be based within the NAIP team at the Ropewalk House site of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (close to Nottingham city centre). The role will also involve travel to Queens Medical Centre Campus and occasionally City Hospital Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals.

Working days must include those on which NAIP team and MDT meetings are held, in order to attend essential meetings on those days .

Candidates must be registered with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist.

Main duties of the job

This position will provide a specialist clinical psychology assessment and intervention service for adults and older children (typically over 13 years) engaged with the Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme (NAIP). NAIP provides cochlear implantation for severely and profoundly deaf adults and children, and is one of the leading establishments in the field with an international reputation. This post represents an exciting opportunity and challenge to develop the role and become an integrated member of this established and experienced multidisciplinary team.

The postholder will lead a highly specialised clinical psychology service to NAIP patients, on the basis of advanced theoretical and practical knowledge acquired through a degree, postgraduate doctoral degree (or equivalent) and additional specialist training.

This will include evaluating complex psychological issues relating to hearing loss and suitability for cochlear implantation. It is anticipated that initially, the postholder will conduct most psychosocial assessment directly and/or collaboratively with team members.

The postholder will provide therapeutic intervention for adult and teenage patients and their families/carers where appropriate.

The postholder will be responsible, where appropriate and in collaboration with the Head of NAIP and Director of Psychology for the planning, delivery and evaluation of Clinical Psychology Services for NAIP.

About us

With over 19,000 staff, we are one of the biggest employers in the city with a central role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local population. We play a leading role in research, education and innovation.

Come and join our wonderful team at NUH. We are big believers in diversity and welcome new ideas to help develop our team in order to deliver world class healthcare to the vast patient populations we serve. With endless personal development opportunities available, at NUH we will endeavour to turn your job into a career!

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, or Disabled, as we are striving to be better represented at NUH.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description and person specification attached to the advert for the full details of the vacancy.

Person Specification

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's behavioural standards

Training & Qualifications


  • Postgraduate doctoral level (or equivalent) training in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • HCPC registration


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • CACDP British Sign Language qualification



  • Working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist
  • Experience of exercising high level clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
  • Experience of carrying out research
  • Experience in cognitive assessment of adults and children


  • Experience of working with children or adults with hearing impairment

Communication & relationship skills


  • 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
  • Proven skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Commitment to support the Trust's values
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies or assessment methodologies
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience of communicating with, and building relationships with clients/patients with a variety of communication needs

Analytical and judgement skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including both quantitative and qualitative methods


  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological therapies for children and adults with hearing impairment.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of neuropsychological assessment of children or adults with hearing impairment
  • Knowledge of complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Experience using qualitative research methods

Planning and organisation skills


  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to distressing situations
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings


  • Training in the supervision of other psychologists

Physical skills


  • Ability to move between a number of locations within the hospital in a working day


  • Ability to work with patients of all ages

Other requirements specific to the role


  • Able to use a VDU for extended periods of time
  • Flexibility to cope with the needs of the service
  • Good health record
  • Good attendance
  • Up to date immunisations are required (including TB,HepB) or is agreeable to these being updated if not


  • Ability to work flexible hours to suit the service and its clients

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


Ropewalk House

113 The Ropewalk



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