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Band 7 Practitioner Psychologist

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
27 Jun 2024
As a postholder you would join the Trust's multi-disciplinary Pain Management Services, which includes a large psychological therapies team which offers a broad range of interventions: individual CBT, ACT & CFT approaches, as well as pain management programmes and compassion-focussed groups. You would be based in the RFL Pain Management Service, working alongside other psychologists and other MDT colleagues. This position offers a range of opportunities to develop your clinical skills while working within a multi-disciplinary team. In the Trust, you would also join a group of more than 45 applied psychologists working in different medical specialties. You will be able to access the support of this professional structure, including regular meetings, training and specialist supervision groups, allowing staff to extend skills alongside colleagues working in different specialisms and opportunities that can be helpful to their career.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will join our psychological therapies team for 10 sessions in the RFL Pain Management Service and will be expected to:
  • Provide specialist psychological assessments
  • Provide specialist individual cognitive-behavioural therapy and/or acceptance & commitment therapy
  • Co-facilitate group pain management programmes (PMP's) and contribute to the development of PMP's
  • Contribute to the collection and analysis of outcome data of both individual and group interventions
  • Offer advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the services' policies and procedures
  • Utilise research skills for audit and research purposes as required.
  • The successful candidate is required to be able demonstrate the Trust values, the responsibilities of the job description and person specification.

If you believe you meet the criteria of the person specification and would like to join the Royal Free at this time, we would be interested in receiving your application.

About us

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals and other clinical sites, our dedicated staff care for over 1.6 million patients.In addition to the Royal Free Pain Management Service, the Trust delivers clinical care in the Camden Pain Service, based at Royal Free Hospital, in conjunction with University College London NHS Foundation Trust. A number of the staff work in both the Royal Free and Camden Pain Services.

As a trust we stand for being positively welcoming, actively respectful, clearly communicating and visibly reassuring. We focus on delivering excellent and equitable care, ensure an outstanding experience for our patients and carers, where colleagues feel a strong connection to their work and organisation and are enabled to deliver and realise their potential.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached job description and person specification to obtain further information about the main responsibilities of this post. You are also more than welcome to contact us directly to obtain further information.

Person Specification

Education & professional Qualifications


  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in counselling or clinical psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence.
  • HCPC registration as Practitioner Psychologist

Royal Free World Class Values


  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values



  • Experience of working within a pain management setting, either in a secondary care or community health setting, providing specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience in audit and/or research methods
  • Experience in working with people who have chronic health conditions and other health problems across the life-span


  • Experienced in oral presentations, working with people in groups

Skills and aptitudes


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Knowledge of theoretical models and psychological interventions relevant to the needs of patients with persistent pain conditions and PTSD and those experiencing psychological difficulties secondary to their health condition.
  • 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. This would involve using easy to understand language to convey psychological ideas and assumptions
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and quantitative data analysis as practiced within the field of psychology.
  • Knowledge of regulatory frameworks in relation to the patient group Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC
  • Skilled in joint work with occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses and medical doctors


  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Familiarity with SPSS databases and statistical packages

Personal Qualities & attributes


  • Enthusiastic about psychology in health settings.
  • Able to manage stressful situations.
  • Able to use time effectively and prioritise workload.
  • Ability to be reflective about own practice and style.



  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting, with evidence of ability to communicate in a way that is understood by professionals without any psychological training.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.
  • Interest in and ability to contribute to service development.
  • Commitment to the strategic aims of the trust and the UCL partners academic health sciences partnership.
  • Ability to demonstrate using psychological skills and knowledge in medical settings.

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Edgware Community Hospital

Burnt Oak Broadway



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