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Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inc (pro rata)
Closing date
31 May 2024

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen within London's world class Major Trauma System for Practitioner Psychologists who will support the delivery and operationalisation of an integrated model of physical and psychological care for victims of trauma at the Royal London Hospital.

The post holder will also work with counterparts in the other Major Trauma Centres to ensure there is an equitable system across London, including during and post major incident. The project is funded for two years, after which either substantive funding will be created or alternative employment will be provided for the Band 7, 8a and 8b or 8c post within Barts Health NHS Trust. The Band 4 posts are fixed term for 18 months.

The focus will be on the implementation and maintenance of this new integrated model within the trust, putting patients at the heart of this transformation, but also working in collaboration with similar roles across the London system to establish good lines of communication and system wide governance. Ongoing evidence gathering and evaluation will be key to enable discussion with local and national commissioners around the benefits of long term and wider implementation. We are aiming to recruit to a 0.6WTE Band 8a Practitioner Psychologist for maternity cover as part of the project team.

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible for providing a highly specialist, psychology input to the planning, development and delivery of the RLH MTC pathway.
  • Responsible for planning, developing and providing a psychology service supporting after-trauma care across the pathway, from the ward and into the community, both directly and indirectly, through staff and carer consultation.
  • Teaching, training and supervision of nursing and other multi-disciplinary colleagues on psychological and/or neuropsychological theory and practice, as required.
  • Implementation of the published guidance for major trauma, to maximise an embedded approach to team working, and other service delivery, based upon the evidence base and NHS guidelines.
  • Providing clinical supervision to qualified, assistant and trainee clinical psychologists, as required.

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.

Person Specification



  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS and HCPC.


  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications in managing violence and aggression or post- trauma therapy such as EMDR.
  • Clinical supervision training for Doctoral trainees.
  • Progressing towards or have achieved eligibility for the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists with the British Psychological Society.



  • Assessed and substantial experience of working as a qualified Practitioner Psychologist, including relevant experience in physical health settings since qualification.
  • Experience of working with people who may be reluctant to engage with services, and the people and systems around them, including carers.
  • Experience of working in a physical health setting, providing highly specialist health psychology assessment and treatment, with children and/or adults.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters.


  • Experience in an acute healthcare setting, including close physical proximity to service-users who have recently been exposed to life-threatening levels of injury.
  • Experience with people who may have experienced levels of intentional physical harm, to others or self.



  • Ability to communicate effectively with other healthcare professionals and colleagues.
  • Ability to contain, assess and mediate in situations with service-users where they may be distressed and/or at risk to themselves and others.
  • Ability to formulate complex clients' presenting difficulties within a theoretical framework, to plan and deliver an appropriate specialist treatment intervention, and to evaluate the efficacy and outcome of treatment.
  • Skills in selecting and applying psychometric tests.
  • Doctoral level research skills and experience of both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • 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.
  • Working to Professional Guidelines.
  • Must be capable of autonomous and independent practice necessitating the adoption of responsibility for own work and interventions, and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies.


  • Skills in engaging those who may not be comfortable accessing services, due to systemic issues.

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Royal London Hospital


E1 1FR

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