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Clinical Psychologist - Transplant and Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jul 2024
This is a fantastic opportunity to join our growing Psychological Medicine team in Royal Papworth Hospital in a permanent, full time 8 B post. Royal Papworth Hospital is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, treating more than 100,000 patients each year from across the UK. Since carrying out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979, the hospital has established an international reputation for excellence in research and innovation.

Whilst the Psychological Medicine Service is a Royal Papworth Hospital service, Clinical Psychologists are employed by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), to work into the hospital teams.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will join the existing Psychological Medicine MDT consisting of two consultant psychiatrists, two clinical psychologists (Band 8A and 8B) and a clinical nurse specialist.

This new role is created to improve care for Transplant and Adult Congenital Heart patients. The Clinical Psychologist will work with inpatients and outpatients and there are opportunities to contribute to national initiatives and develop service improvement and research.

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 people with long term conditions and members of our ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ communities.

Regrettably, we cannot offer sponsorship for all our job roles. If you apply for a role that we cannot offer sponsorship for, unfortunately, your application form will be rejected from the process.

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 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 structures observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

To develop psychological formulations 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.

To develop and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.

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.

To evaluate and make decisions and 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 exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatmentand discharge of clients, and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines and under the overall co-ordination of the Lead Psychologist.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and neuropsychology, two or more distinct therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Registered as Practitioner Psychologist with HCPC
  • Undertaken training in the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists


  • Relevant post-doctoral training
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist (BPS)



  • Substantial experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment, across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, and inpatient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups across the whole life course, and the range of clinical severity. 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 exercising full clinical responsibility for the delivery of psychological care and treatment
  • Experience of teaching training and clinical supervision
  • Able to demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision


  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience of working in physical health care, and in a hospital setting
  • Experience of working within gastroenterology services

Skills & Abilities


  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention, and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration requiring the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning. Planning and organising skills for caseload management. Skills in self-management, including time management
  • Excellent communication skills. Able to communicate verbally and in writing complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information including contentious and highly distressing information to service users, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance
  • Skills in providing consultation and supervision to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Advanced IT and keyboard skills

Knowledge & understanding


  • Expert knowledge of clinical health psychology
  • Specialist knowledge of working with this client group
  • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this service user group
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the service user group and the setting, and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists


  • High level of knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies



  • Positive approach to older people
  • Recognise people's right to privacy and dignity, treating every person with respect
  • Willingness to embrace integrated model and new ways of working
  • Willingness to be flexible in approach and attitude

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital



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