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Senior Practitioner Psychologist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 Per annum inc
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Band 7-8A Preceptorship or 8A Practitioner Psychologist

0.6 WTE permanent

** We welcome applications from newly qualified psychologists, through to those looking for an 8A position **

We are pleased to be advertising this post within Cancer Psychological Services (CPS) team based at St Bartholomew's Hospital. The role will contribute psychological thinking and direct care to all cancer pathways across Barts Health but there will be an emphasis on working closely with the Specialist Palliative Care Team. There is a strong emphasis within the team on disseminating psychological knowledge and skills across the cancer workforce through training, consultation, and supervision. Current service developments are focused around addressing inequities in access to CPS and improving links with Talking Therapies. There will be an expectation the post holder travels and works across multiple Barts Health hospital sites. The are opportunities for funded CPD and joining a specialist supervision group (e.g ACT, CFT, Narrative, EMDR).

This post is suitable for those who are at - or ready to work at - band 8a level or for those who are newly qualified. If the appointee is newly qualified, they will be appointed at band 7 under a preceptorship process with a clear development plan established outlining required competencies to achieve over a 12-18 month period for successful progression to Band 8a.

Main duties of the job

The role will involve providing a clinical service to inpatients and outpatients and close working with MDT colleagues. Though the service frequently provides direct support to individuals requiring specialist psychological intervention, our overarching aim is to improve the psychological wellbeing of all cancer/ palliative care patients and their families through the sharing of psychological knowledge and skills and service developments. Applicants should therefore be skilled and keen to engage in multi-disciplinary working. The post holder may also be expected to provide line management and supervision to both qualified and unqualified members of the team.

Experience of working with people who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life limiting conditions and in multi-cultural settings is highly desirable.

For more information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact:

Dr Caroline Dancyger, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at

**Interviews will be held on 29th May 2024**

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working in culturally diverse contexts.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.


  • Experience of working with people with cancer and/or palliative care needs
  • Experience of working with inpatients in an acute medical setting
  • Experience of inter-agency working and service development



  • Ability to articulate and interpret the role of clinical health psychology based upon a good understanding of government and professional guidelines/policy.
  • Highly developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Skills in the application of Cognitive-behavioural and systemic approaches to mental health. Able to demonstrate a thorough understanding, and experience of practice.



  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Knowledge of legislation / health care guidelines and their implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in patients with physical health problems, including those with palliative care needs and cancer.



  • Completion of a Health and Care Professions Council/British Psychological Society accredited postgraduate professional training course in either clinical or counselling psychology.
  • Registered as a practitioner psychologist with HCPC


  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice relevant to clinical health psychology



  • Compassionate, flexible and committed
  • Enthusiasm for multi-disciplinary working with a thoughtful approach to developing psychological services within this context.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to recognise the extent and limitations of one's own knowledge and skills, and to seek appropriate guidance where necessary


  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


St Bartholomew's Hospital



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