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Clinical Health Psychologist

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience pro rata per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Job title: Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Salary: Band 8a (depending on previous experience)

Job type: Permanent

Part-time: 22.5 hours per week

We are delighted to offer the exciting opportunity of psychology lead for the Cancer Care service within Whittington Health NHS Trust. The post-holder will provide psychology input to adults diagnosed with cancer, drawing on a range of individual and group work approaches, to empower service users to build their resources in managing the challenges of their physical health.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled psychologist who can draw on strong communication and team-working skills to work with the Oncology teams in the hospital, Macmillan cancer support, service user groups and other professional teams as needed. The post-holder will also be based within the Clinical Health Psychology team which supports regular opportunities for team learning and offers a variety of CPD opportunities. The teams value and celebrate diversity and welcome candidates from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds .

Main duties of the job

This senior role involves leading and contributing to the provision of a psychology service to adults diagnosed with cancer under the Whittington Health (WH) Oncology service. The postholder will work closely with MDT clinicians to support the Trust's targets of integrated care by mitigating the impact of and improving adjustment to physical ill health. The psychologist will be able to work independently and flexibly, providing specialist psychological assessment, clinical formulation, intervention and management recommendations to patients, families and other staff across inpatient and outpatient settings. The postholder is invited to work creatively, drawing on a range of approaches (e.g. systemic, narrative, CBT, ACT) in individual or group work, to engage clients to help build their coping resources and support networks.

The post involves offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to highly skilled non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures using research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

About us

At Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

The partnership betweenBarnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH)andCamden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I)is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming theNorth London Mental Health Partnership.

The postholder will need to be comfortable working in an environment of complex matrix management arrangements and will at all times behave and align with our Trusts' values and cultural pillars:
  • We are kind
  • We are respectful
  • We work together
  • We keep things simple
  • We empower
  • We are proudly diverse

You may be required from time to time to work at different locations to your normal place of work. This may mean that you are required to work at any location that fall under Barnet, Enfield and Harringay Trust and Camden and Islington Trust. The Trust reserves the right to require staff to work at such other places or locations as it considers reasonable and necessary on a temporary or permanent basis.

Job description

Job responsibilities


1. To provide specialist psychological assessments using interview, formal psychometric and other assessment methods as appropriate, for clients referred from Whittington Health Cancer services.

2.To formulate and provide specialist psychological treatment and management plans for referred clients, working with carers and significant others as needed, using a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches.

3. To manage individual caseload autonomously and professionally.

4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical, psychosocial and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans and to make appropriate referrals onwards as necessary.

6. To devise and deliver group-based interventions, leading in the development and provision of psychoeducational and other groups as needed.

7. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals to assist in the formulation, diagnosis and treatment of clients.

8. To provide reports and communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients.

9. To work closely and communicate effectively with the multi-disciplinary teams to ensure the provision of effective and evidence-based interventions.

10. To undertake complex risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

11. To attend and contribute to referral, multidisciplinary and service operational meetings. To maximize opportunities for mutual learning with MDT colleagues to inform clinical work.

12. To liaise with other health and social care staff, from a range of agencies within and outside of the NHS, in the care provided to clients.

  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To contribute to the teaching and training of non-psychology staff in psychological skills as appropriate.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to other health and social care staff working with the client group, where appropriate.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision and leadership to junior qualified psychologists, trainee psychologists and assistant psychologists where required.
  • To participate in an agreed programme of post-qualification training and professional development towards developing advanced knowledge and practice.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and clinical supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work as appropriate.
  • To provide clinical placements for trainee clinical and/or counselling psychologists, ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or other applied psychologists, as appropriate.
  • To facilitate reflective practice sessions for the Cancer team including working with challenging cases, as needed and requested.
  • To contribute through consultation and training to the psychological understanding and ways of workings of other multidisciplinary and multi-professional teams within the service.

  • To use specialist knowledge, experience and skills to support the development of the service, to provide a key role in psychological aspects of service development across Whittington Health oncology and beyond and to provide a key role in better meeting the psychological needs of patients across Whittington Health.
  • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the oncology services where psychological and/or organisational matters are relevant.
  • To manage junior and assistant psychologists within the service and in training posts within the framework of the team and service's policies and procedures.
  • To be involved in the short listing and interviewing of psychological staff as appropriate.
  • To be an active participant in all multi-disciplinary forums related to the delivery of haematology psychology services g. MDTMs, clinical forums, referral meetings, case discussions and research meetings.

  • To bring doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of psychology.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work, group work and work with other team members.
  • To lead on and regularly engage in audit, research and service evaluation activities relevant to service and patient needs.

  • Person Specification

    Education and qualifications


    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 2000) as accredited by the HCPC.
    • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a clinical psychologist or a counselling psychologist



    • Completion of substantial post-doctoral post-qualification supervised clinical health psychology experience working with clients in the area of medicine or surgery or a related client group.
    • Experience of working as a psychologist within a physical health multi-disciplinary team



    • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological intervention with people with physical health conditions.
    • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological intervention with people with physical health conditions.

    Skills and abilities


    • Well developed skills 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

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


    Whittington Hospital,

    Magdala Avenue,


    N19 5NF

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