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Clinical / Counselling / Health Psychologist

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa inc HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Job Title: Clinical/Counselling/Health Psychologist

Salary: Band 7, 0.6 w.t.e / 22.5 hours per week

Location: Clinical Health Psychology Department, RNOH, Stanmore, London, HA7 4LP
  • Under supervision of a Senior Psychologist, to provide a qualified psychology service to inpatients and outpatients of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention to both inpatients and outpatients of the RNOH and particularly those with chronic neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions who receive care from our pain management and rheumatological teams.
  • To provide regular clinical supervision for pre-qualification psychology staff and engage in regular peer supervision with colleagues.
  • To offer advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to members of the multidisciplinary team and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service and to take the lead for specific areas of service development.

  • Main duties of the job

    An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and committed individual to work in the Clinical Health Psychology department, based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. This role includes outpatient psychological assessment and therapy and contributing towards the psychological component of our inpatient pain management programmes.

    We are looking to recruit an HCPC-registered, clinical/health/counselling psychologist ideally with training or post-training experience within the area of physical health.

    This post involves working with people with chronic neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions providing highly specialist psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions and also providing advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to members of the multidisciplinary team.

    The Clinical Health Psychology department currently consists of two full-time and five part-time members of staff with backgrounds in Clinical, Health and Counselling Psychology.

    We offer a supportive and friendly environment and are able to provide excellent opportunities for CPD, supervision and peer supervision, and teaching and training of healthcare professionals aimed at developing innovative services of supporting health-related behaviour change

    About us

    The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.

    The RNOH provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic pain sufferers. This broad range of services is unique within the NHS.

    As a national centre of excellence, the RNOH treats patients from across the country, many of whom have been referred by other hospital consultants for second opinions or for treatment of complex or rare conditions.

    Patients benefit from a team of highly specialised consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise and experience. Consultants are supported in their work by nurses, therapists and other specialist clinical staff who are trained experts in their particular fields of orthopaedic care.

    The RNOH plays a major role in teaching, with 20% of all UK orthopaedic surgeons receive training here. Our teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by our work in research and development and academic links with University College, London. Research departments at Stanmore include the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, the Institute of Human Performance and the Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of patients referred to the psychology service and attending our inpatient pain management and rehabilitation programmes. To use, interpret and integrate complex data from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patients care in order to reach a psychological formulation of a patients difficulties.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the psychological treatment and/or management of a patients psychological distress, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions, both individually and in conjunction with members of the multidisciplinary team, for individuals and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations, drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • 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.
  • In common with all psychologists, to receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.

  • Person Specification

    Training & Qualification


    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical, counselling or health psychology leading to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist


    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology or equivalent



    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
    • Maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.


    • Experience of psychological work with patients with physical health problems.
    • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care.
    • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
    • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.



    • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/health/counselling psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical/health/counselling psychology.
    • Experience of the application of applied psychology in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.
    • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with physical health problems.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the patient group and mental health.


    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in physical health settings
    • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
    • An understanding of the specific needs and difficulties of people with chronic pain conditions.



    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
    • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups.


    • Ability to engage people in psychological work who are experiencing complex biopsychosocial problems

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust


    Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital


    HA7 4LP

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