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Principal Clinical Psychologist (Neuropsychology)

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Part Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious Clinical Psychologist to work within our Neuropsychology department. You will be joining our established Neuropsychology Service, supporting acute Neurology and Neurosurgery services within the Neurology Care Group at Derriford Hospital. The post holder will be supporting general Neuropsychology work.

The Neuropsychology Unit is closely integrated with the University of Plymouth Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Peninsula Medical school. There are opportunities for the post holder to develop their research interests and appropriately qualified candidates may be offered an honorary University position. This is an exciting and opportunity for a dynamic individual with developing expertise in Neuropsychology looking to develop their career in clinical neuropsychology.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a specialised clinical neuropsychology service to adult patients with neurological, neurosurgical, or related psychological conditions, their families and carers where appropriate within University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.
  • This includes providing highly specialist neuropsychological assessment and treatment of own specialist caseload of patients, at the same time as offering advice and consultation on patients' neuropsychological and psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other non-professional carers.
  • To work autonomously as an independent practitioner within defined aims and professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for providing and developing highly specialist psychological interventions to patients and for communicating psychological formulations and treatment plans to patients, families and relevant professional colleagues.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a specialised clinical neuropsychology service to adult patients with neurological, neurosurgical, or related psychological conditions, their families and carers where appropriate within University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.
  • To specifically support the Neuropsychology department to develop and deliver its program of clinical research and academic trials.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the post-holders areas of responsibility.
  • To propose and implement policy changes within the post-holders areas of responsibility.

Person Specification

Knowledge and experience


  • oAt least 4 years post qualification experience of working in an acute clinical neuropsychology service.
  • oAt least 4 years experience of working at Clinical Specialist level in the assessment and treatment of people with complex neurological conditions.
  • oAt least 4 years experience of administering specialist neuropsychological and psychometric assessments until fully competent.
  • oAt least 4 years experience of interpreting both verbally and in written form complex neuropsychological and psychometric assessments and presenting this information to patients and professionals.
  • oExperience of providing assessment and intervention to patients with a wide range of different neurological and psychological disorders, and drawing on several theoretical and therapeutic models to do this.


  • oExperience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts. oExperience of supervision of other clinical psychologists



  • oAccredited postgraduate Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy). oRegistered as a Clinical Psychologist with the HCPC. oHaving been in receipt of 4 years specialist clinical supervision in neuropsychology


  • oPost-doctoral training/ recorded CPD events in adult neuropsychology oRecord of having published in peer reviewed or academic or professional oAdvanced keyboard and IT skills oFull practitioner member of BPS Division of Neuropsychology (or working towards it)

Aptitude and abilities


  • oDoctoral level knowledge of Clinical Psychology, and corresponding high level of skills in assessment and treatment. oFurther specialist training in clinical neuropsychology to a level to be able to competently assess and treat patients with complex neurological presentations. oAble to supervise other qualified clinical psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists and undergraduate placement students. oAble to undertake teaching and training of trainee clinical psychologists, clinical psychologists and other professionals.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Neuropsychology, Derriford Hospital

Derriford Hospital



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