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Band 8a Practitioner Psychologist

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 pro rata per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
22 May 2024
Would you like to come and work in our dynamic renal health and counselling psychology service and supportsome novel renal transformation initiatives? We are looking for a practitioner psychologist who can work withinour renal multidisciplinary team of dietitians, physiotherapists, pharmacists, surgeons and nurses to improveequity to and the quality of our renal services.Inputting to a wider programme of work, you will contribute to our Kidney Fitness for Transplantation (K-FiT)weight loss multidisciplinary team (MDT) and to new clinics for patients living with obesity and kidney diseasewho are prescribed the weight loss drug Semaglutide. The programme aims to support patients to explorelifestyle and dietary changes to improve their access to the kidney transplant waiting list and/or bariatric surgery.As a valued member of the renal psychology team, you will also input to our dialysis programme to ensurepatients receive psychological support to explore the barriers to undertaking specific home treatments, includingsupporting decision-making to ensure patients receive dialysis treatments most appropriate for them.These include Cancer & Palliative Care, Cardiology, Dermatology, Diabetes, Elderly Care, Hepatology,Haemophilia, HIV, ICU, Immunology and Rare Disease, Nephrology, Neurology, Plastic Surgery, Respiratory,and Women's Health.

Main duties of the job

The Trust has recognised the value of and contribution of PTNC staff in delivering excellent care and outcomesand shown its commitment by investing in a more robust structure of governance and support. Priorities forPTNC leads are focused on ensuring each clinician has the support necessary for their role, including access tovaried specialist supervision, line management and professional development. They actively work to create acommunity that encourages dialogue, learning from each other and mutual support. Joint working withcolleagues is supported where relevant to the clinical work both within and beyond the Trust boundary. PTNCleads are also raising the profile of its staff, showcasing good practice, innovation and research, with some of ourstaff holding research grants. Many of the staff have good working relationships with third sector organisations,are involved in teaching and training a variety of staff including their own profession and host trainees and otherstudent placements in their services.We are looking to welcome new staff to the PTNC community, who share our values of working together andsupporting each other.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A& E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities are included in the attached job description. The person specification details skills and experience, aptitudes and qualities that are necessary for this post.

Person Specification

Education & professional Qualifications


  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence.
  • HCPC registration as Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice



  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and delivery of effective interventions with patients in an acute hospital setting including outpatient and inpatient settings
  • Experience of working with patients with co-morbid physical health conditions
  • Evidence of clinical experience in management of patients with obesity using cognitive-behavioural, and/or motivational interviewing assessment and intervention techniques
  • Post-qualification experience of work within interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary environments
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of facilitating multidisciplinary group Weight Management Programmes or other patient health groups


  • Knowledge and understanding of Health Psychology Behaviour Change models
  • Experience of working clinically with patients with kidney disease

Skills and aptitudes


  • Highly skilled in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and quantitative data analysis as practiced within the fields of Health, Clinical and/or Counselling Psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the British Psychological Society/HCPC
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Interest and ability to contribute to service development
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies


  • Familiarity with SPSS databases and statistical package

Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to work autonomously and flexibly

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Pond Street



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