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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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We are delighted to advertise this exciting new post working with patients undergoing Blood Stem Cell Transplant and the clinical team within the Haematology Psychology Service at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (STHFT).

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.

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 (EDI) group and welcome 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. In our latest staff survey, 95% of staff report feeling valued and cared for and that their role makes a difference.

Main duties of the job

This post will work into the Clinical Haematology team based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital which cares for patients undergoing stem cell transplant (SCT) for both malignant blood cancer diseases or non-malignant disease.

The post is a pilot service providing specialist input to improve and maintain patients' wellbeing and engagement with SCT treatment at all stages of the commissioned clinical pathway.

This includes pre SCT screening, assessments and intervention if needed, support as inpatients during SCT and post-transplant psychological support and care.

The role of the SCT psychotherapist therefore involves specialist assessment, treatment, planning, screening, implementation and monitoring of outcomes with patients and potentially their families and carers.

The post holder would be an integrated member of the SCT MDT, contributing a psychological perspective to patient care at all stages of the patient pathway.

Working with patients and team members, there is potential to have a far-reaching positive impact both directly and indirectly, making a huge difference to outcomes and quality of life for patients requiring a bone marrow transplant.

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.

The department has strong links with the Sheffield, Leeds and Hull DClinPsy courses. We also offer placements to trainees on DCounsPsy courses.

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.

This vacancy is advertised on a fixed term contract basis for a period of 20 months due to the post being externally funded. The fixed term contract status of the post holder will be reviewed in accordance with the Trust's legal obligations regarding fixed term contracts taking into consideration the ongoing source of the external funding and the requirement for the post to be maintained.

Please also note any secondment must first be agreed with your current line manager.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • A psychotherapy or counselling qualification to Master's degree level or equivalent, recognised by the BACP, UKCP, NCP, or BABCP
  • Accredited member of BACP, UKCP, NCP, or BABCP
  • Evidence of continuing education and professional development to recognised required standards


  • Post-qualification training in approaches and therapies appropriate for an acute hospital / healthcare setting



  • Extensive post-qualification supervised psychotherapy practice
  • Proven experience of working with complex presentations (e.g. severe mental illness, trauma)
  • A proven interest in the specialist area of linking the mind and body
  • Experience of undertaking psychotherapeutic interventions appropriate to health behaviour change chronic illness / medical conditions and physical rehabilitation.
  • Experience of providing psychotherapy supervision (individual or group)
  • Working with a wide variety of patient groups presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of the practice of psychotherapy in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of MDT groupwork
  • Experience of working clinically in health and medical settings.

Further Training


  • Higher level knowledge of the theory and practice of one specialist psychotherapeutic modality


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychotherapeutic 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)
  • Post-qualification training in supervision
  • Knowledge of legislation and national policies and guidance in relation to the patient group, specifically around their physical and mental health.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Audit and research skills in psychotherapy related projects
  • 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.


  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Hallamshire Hospital


S10 2JF

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