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Clinical Psychologist - Pain

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 8A Clinical/Counselling Psychologist (1.0WTE)- Clinical Health Psychology

** Band 7/8a Preceptorship considered - we welcome applications from newly qualified or soon to be qualified psychologists**

**Part time hours will be considered **

The post is 1.0WTE (full time) and permanent. However, part time hours will be considered in line with the needs of the service and applicant. Flexible working is supported wherever possible, including the opportunity for some remote working.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

To work as a member of the clinical health psychology team and the persistent pain management MDT.

To provide assessment and intervention to patients with a range of physical health conditions, including persistent pain.

To facilitate a pain management group programme in conjunction with MDT colleagues.

To provide advice and consultation to MDT colleagues and medical teams.

To promote psychological thinking with non-psychology colleagues.

To participate in teaching, training, audit, and service development.

To provide clinical supervision to psychology and non-psychology colleagues (where appropriate).

About us

Would you like to develop your skills and experience in Clinical Health Psychology? We are looking to welcome a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to our Clinical Health Psychology Service at Royal Bolton Hospital. We are a friendly and supportive team of psychologists who provide specialist input for people with a range of physical health conditions using approaches including ACT, CBT, CFT & EMDR. You will have the opportunity to work with cardiac, gastroenterology, dermatology, oncology and palliative care referrals as well as provide input to the MDT persistent pain management service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of patients with general health conditions, including persistent pain, in the agreed locality based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of highly complex data from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales, multidisciplinary case conferences, and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patient's care.
  • To undertake assessments and therapeutic work that is emotionally demanding, including difficulties such as anxiety, depression, trauma, quality of life, loss, adjustment and end of life issues.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a patient's psychological and physical health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patient's difficulties, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To contribute specialist knowledge of psychological approaches to the management of persistent pain conditions within the Pain Management Service and physical health conditions within medical teams.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations, drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To facilitate the MDT pain management programme.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients whose problems are managed by psychologically based care plans. Where appropriate, to co-ordinate care for patients involving arranging activities, directing input, and meetings with other professionals and agencies.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to patient's formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan. In particular, to offer specialised advice regarding the psychological management and treatment of individuals with persistent pain.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all patients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the patient group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual patients and to provide advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To communicate, both verbally and in writing, in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients and to monitor progress during the course of both uni and multidisciplinary care.

  • Person Specification



    • Post-graduate Doctorate in clinical or counselling psychology as accredited by the BPS
    • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.


    • Completion of clinical supervision training as provided by doctoral training courses for the supervision of psychology doctoral trainee placements.



    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of NHS care settings
    • Experience in the psychological assessment, management and treatment of a variety of client groups
    • Experience of group work


    • Clinical experience working with persistent pain.

    Knowledge and skills


    • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
    • To utilise specialist skills in psychological approaches to physical health in individual, group and consultation settings
    • Driving licence & ability to meet any travel requirements of the post.


    • Knowledge of issues specific to physical health conditions (including persistent pain) in clinical psychology and relevant treatment approaches



    • Capacity to cope with sitting in constrained position for up to 70% of working hours and capacity to attend medical wards.
    • Capacity for intense concentration while delivering highly complex clinical interventions during clinical contact
    • Must be capable of working independently and autonomously taking full responsibility for own clinical decisions and interventions

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Bolton NHS Foundation Trust


    Great Lever Health centre,

    Rupert Street


    BL3 6RN

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