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Macmillan Clinical Psychologist

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group is delighted to be working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and the East Midlands Cancer Alliance to increase the psychological support for people living with cancer.

This role offers the opportunity for a mix of face-to-face and virtual outpatient sessions, as well as some inpatient work. The service is well regarded and highly valued by the cancer teams within the hospitals, consistently receiving extremely positive feedback from patients. The post-holder will contribute to ensuring the service can continue to respond to referrals in a timeous manner, ensuring patients receive specialist psychological input when they most need it.

We are looking to recruit two committed, compassionate, and enthusiastic clinical psychologists to join the psycho-oncology services at Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital.

We would also welcome applications from newly qualified psychologists who would be appointed at a band 7 with a development plan in place to support them to working towards 8a on a preceptorship basis.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as part of the cancer multidisciplinary team, providing Level 3/4 psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions, in line with the service model recommended by NICE (2004) and the EMCA Psychosocial Care Model (2020) for the provision of psychological care to people living with cancer.

The post holder will also support the delivery of supervision, consultation and teaching to the hospital-based Level 2 Practitioners such as Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists, as well as providing support to other staff within oncology services and the wider hospital cancer team as appropriate.

The post holder will work closely with the service lead to develop and implement the service across the County and will have opportunities to contribute to the future development of the service.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work as part of the Macmillan Psychology Service to provide a specialist (Level IV) clinical psychology service across the county, in line with national directives, to adult (18 +) patients living with cancer who are under the care of Northampton or Kettering General Hospitals and who are experiencing complex psychological difficulties relating to any aspect of their diagnosis or treatment.

To provide specialist psychological assessments for patients accessing oncology services, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of highly complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological measures, direct observations and clinical interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patients care.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a patients psychological difficulties taking into account developmental background, personality adaptations, interpersonal patterns of relating and diagnostic issues. These plans will be based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patients difficulties and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions, adjusting and refining psychological formulations which draw upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatments options and exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients.

To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for patients and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

To offer a flexible and responsive service to cancer patients at all stages of the cancer pathway, including a mix of face to face and virtual outpatient sessions, as well as some inpatient work.

To identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

To communicate effectively, both verbally 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.

To develop effective working relationships with the cancer multidisciplinary team and the wider health care community

To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific patient group and mental health.

To work positively with issues of difference and diversity.

To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society, the Health Care and Professionals Council and Trust policies and procedures.

To provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups where appropriate.

To work closely with psychology colleagues working within cancer and palliative care across Northamptonshire, as well as other Psychologists within the region.

To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychologists, as appropriate.

Depending on service resource, and as appropriate, to develop opportunities to provide specialist clinical placements for trainee clinical/health psychologists within the Macmillan Clinical Psychology Service.

The post holder may be required:

To provide core clinical placements for trainee clinical psychologists, ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good psychological care and to be responsible for the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.

To provide professional management and clinical supervision of trainee clinical psychologists and/or assistant psychologists working in the service to which the post holder is attached.

To manage the workloads of assistant and trainee clinical psychologists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.

To further develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work as appropriate.

To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the patient group across a range of agencies and settings. This may also include providing support to staff with their own emotional and psychological needs in response to their work caring for cancer patients.

To teach and train others in order to enhance understanding and practice of psychological models and ways of working.

To receive regular clinical professional supervision from Principal or Consultant clinical psychologist.

To gain specialist experience and skills relevant to the clinical psychology specialty through a comprehensive, planned programme of CPD in accordance with British Psychological Society and The Health and Care Professions Council Guidance.

To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the potholder's professional and service manager(s).

To contribute to the development and dissemination of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.

To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research, including doctoral trainee clinical psychologists and assistant and senior assistant clinical psychologists as appropriate.

To assist with project management, including complex audit and service evaluation to help develop service provision.

Person Specification

Education Training Qualifications


  • Post graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Eligibility for registration with HCPC as a practitioner psychologist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists

Knoledge & Expereince


  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of a least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings
  • Experience of teaching, training and providing clinical supervision
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups


  • Experience of working within oncology or a health psychology setting
  • Specialist knowledge of psychological models relevant to understanding the psychological impact of cancer, coping and models of intervention



  • Understanding of systemic factors and ability to apply these in formulations in the context of a complex healthcare system
  • Ability to undertake assessments and formulation in a time limited manner, often with incomplete information
  • Confidence delivering both individual and group psychological interventions
  • Experience and ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate
  • IT literate with ability to use electronic systems, spreadsheets/databases and produce reports and statistics
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to utilise them to communicate effectively within a multi-disciplinary team-based environment as well as with patients/carers
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills to allow the ability to mange a demanding and constantly changing workload.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Passionate and committed to bring our Dedicated to Excellence values to life, improving the way we work with each other, particularly focusing on empowerment, equality diversity and inclusion of our staff, patients and service users
  • Compassionate and committed to providing a values-based, patient-centred and holistic service
  • Flexible, highly motivated, and able to work autonomously under pressure
  • Able to communicate both sensitively and effectively, and to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Able to manage high levels of emotional distress, both as an individual level and in the context of supporting colleagues

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital

Billing Rd


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