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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year pa/pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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We are delighted to advertise this post within our Inpatient and Acute Care services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. In our latest staff survey, 95% of staff report feeling valued and cared for and that their role makes a difference.

We aim to attract a committed, diverse, and talented workforce who are passionate about delivering psychological care within an acute hospital setting and adapting approaches to meet the needs of our services and service users. In return, we offer a supportive, dynamic work setting where you can link with colleagues and develop your career.

We welcome applications from HCPC registered Clinical or Counselling Psychologists with skills and experience relevant to this context support will be given for anyone returning to the workplace. We welcome applications from trainees due to complete their course there are opportunities for preceptorship in the post, band 7 to 8a. (see PS for more information).

As a department, we recognise that diversity of workforce extends our skills, experiences, and ideas, thereby adding value and creativity to our services. The department has an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group and welcomes applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community.

Please see the attachment Department overview for more details about working with us.

Main duties of the job

This post sits primarily in Burns and Critical care, working with both inpatients and outpatients, with opportunities to work in trauma and spinal injuries. You will be in a team of 8 psychologists including both a Consultant and Principal Clinical Psychologist. There will be opportunities for MDT working, providing supervision and training along with guidance to the wider staff group. There is potential to have a far-reaching positive impact, making a huge difference to outcomes and quality of life for patients.

Please also note this vacancy is banded dependent upon applicants experience relevant to this post. The banding of the successful applicant/s will start at Band 7 unless applicants meet the necessary threshold of skills and experience required to start on Band 8a.

Please note this advertisement can be appointed as either a full time or part time opportunity.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

As a member of the department, you would be part of a substantial, experienced, and enthusiastic team benefitting from inhouse professional development including clinical supervision, special interest groups and opportunities to engage in our wider projects. The department is committed to supporting our staff and have a well-supported Staff Engagement and Wellbeing Group. The Trust has a flexible working policy, allowing for a range of flexible / hybrid working options as appropriate to the service needs. The attached document outlines our department strategy.

As a dynamic department, we have seen considerable growth in recent years and have a portfolio of new service developments. Continuing professional development is strongly supported, as appropriate to the individual's and organisation's requirements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), or counselling psychology as accredited by the HCPC, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the British Psychological Society. (Will consider applicants due to complete training in September 2024 Band 7).
  • Professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Eligible for Practitioner Full Membership of the BPS Divisions of Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or working towards this Band 7).


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in other fields of applied psychology.



  • Specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
  • Working with a wide variety of presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of working with patients across the lifespan.


  • Experience of working in a physical health setting.
  • Experience of working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Experience of teaching and/or training.
  • Experience of delivering psychologically informed groups.
  • Experience of the application of the practice of psychology in different cultural contexts.

Further Training


  • Doctoral or equivalent level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychological practitioners (Band 8a)


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g., personality disorder, chronic or terminal illness, complex psychological or physical problems, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Specialist knowledge of psychological issues.
  • Knowledge of legislation and national policies and guidance in relation to the patient group, specifically around their physical and mental health.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological or psychotherapeutic approach.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Skills in working effectively with other professionals in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional credibility at all levels of the organisation.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical or counselling fields of psychology (Band 8a)


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

Personal Qualities


  • Highly developed ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) highly complex and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and prioritise workload.
  • Positive attitude, sensitivity, and commitment to working with patient groups affected by medical/physical health conditions.
  • Ability to deal with frequent exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances.
  • Ability to maintain intense concentration on a frequent basis.

Values and Behaviours (PROUD)


  • Patients first - in all aspects of the working environment, including delivery of an excellent clinical service, and communication within the team.
  • Respectful - to all patients, staff, colleagues (both internal and external contacts) through your behaviour and communication
  • Ownership - Demonstrate ownership for own actions and areas of responsibility, including evaluation of own work and constant consideration of improvements in quality
  • Unity - working collaboratively with colleagues within the service, DPS and STH, as well as external organisations.
  • Delivery - proven track record of delivery against targets and objectives as agreed in appraisal and job plan

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern General Hospital


S10 2JF

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