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Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Systemic Psychotherapist

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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We are advertising a number of highly specialist psychologist and/or systemic therapist posts across different specialties. We invite applications from individuals who seek all or part of the advertised posts.

The available posts are as follows:
  • 0.6 WTE Cystic fibrosis and Respiratory Medicine (Cambridge base Clinical Psychologist only due to national service specification)
  • 0.5 WTE Gastroenterology
  • 0.6 WTE Complications of Excess Weight (Practitioner Psychologist due to skill mix in team)

Posts will be based at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

The posts forms part of the larger team for Psychological Medicine for Children Young People and Families, based within Addenbrookes Hospital and employed by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

The roles provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to children and their families up to the age of 16 years both on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Work is autonomous within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. Also, to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

Main duties of the job

The Psychological Medicine Service for Children Young People and Families is dedicated to meeting the needs of children, adolescents and young adults with complex medical and surgical needs in hospital based settings at Cambridge University Hospital Trust and North West Anglia Foundation Trust.

The job involves assessment and delivery of care involving both the patient and parents and family systems where there are often complex social needs.

The intervention level ranges from the specialist tertiary multidisciplinary team level and associated paediatric surgical ward nursing teams to community paediatric teams, social work, education and primary health care.

Interventions routinely cross professional and Acute Health Trust and Community Mental Health Trust boundaries and sometimes involve Child Protection work.

The job involves physical effort of the nature of sitting in constrained position for extended patient / client therapy sessions, frequent intense concentration on assessment and formulation. It is sometimes highly distressing, dealing with such issues as chronic illness and family breakdown, and may deal with issues such as acute physical distress or illness, death, serious mental illness and child abuse.

About us

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health and social care organisation dedicated to providing high-quality care with compassion to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting andempowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services, not only via inpatient and primary care settings, but also within the community. These services include children's, adult and older people's mental health, forensic and specialist mental health, learning disabilities, primary care and liaison psychiatry, substance misuse, social care, research and development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high-calibre candidates who share our vision and values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people and members of ourethnic minority andLGBTQ+ communities.

For further information on CPFT, please visit our website at

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the psychological medicine service, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon psychological theory and evidence and which incorporates interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors as well as health needs and impact of health problems on the family.
  • To develop and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of hospital and community based settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, 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, carers or group. To do this in the context of health and surgical interventions.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, psychological formulation, treatment and discharge of clients and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other multidisciplinary professionals, both within hospital and community settings, contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To supervise qualified, trainee and assistant psychologists as well as other professionals undertaking psychological work, as appropriate.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across the designated area and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To act as care coordinator, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the patients psychological needs, coordinating the work of others involved with psycho-social care, taking responsibility for arranging reviews as required and communicating effectively with the patient, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.
  • To produce reports in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers. To maintain the required record keeping.
  • To assist in the management of the clinical psychology team caseload.
  • To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.

Person Specification



  • oAble to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting.
  • oExcellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Trust and from other agencies to promote effective team working with clients.
  • oAble to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients.
  • oAble to contain and work with organisational stress.



  • oEither post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence.
  • oOr an MSc/ Post-graduate Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy/ Family Therapy or equivalent, with an additional qualification in a related profession (e.g. social work, nursing, clinical psychology).
  • oRegistered with the HCPC or UKCP


  • oFurther training in systemic, paediatric neuropsychology and or trauma.
  • oFurther training in clinical supervision



  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • oExperience of the application of clinical psychology and/or systemic psychotherapy in different contexts.


  • oExperience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • oExperience of working within a paediatric medical setting.
  • oExperience of working systemically with children and families.

Knowledge and Skills


  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgment skills.
  • oSkills in individual and group work and in programme planning.
  • oPlanning and organising skills for caseload management.
  • oSkills in self-management, including time-management.
  • oWell-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.


  • oHigh Level Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • oKnowledge of the impact of physical health on children, young people and their families.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital

Hills Road



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