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Clinical Psychologist in Palliative Care

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

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Part Time
This is a 12 month fixed term maternity leave cover part time (0.2 WTE) 8A Clinical Psychologist post. The post is with the Arthur Rank Hospice's multidisciplinary team, based in Cambridge.

You will be an inspiring and forward-thinking Clinical Psychologist, interested in working in palliative care and contributing to the strategic psychological overview of the Hospice. This is an excellent opportunity to work as part of a welcoming and psychologically minded multidisciplinary team.

Although the post holder will work with the Arthur Rank Hospice they will also be directly employed by Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation NHS Trust (CPFT). There are over 40 Clinical Psychologists in the Psychological Medicine Service, working across the age range, and linked with a large variety of specialties. Each Psychologist has expertise within medical specialties, and are accredited in a range of therapeutic modalities, these include CBT, CAT, IPT, ACT, CFT and EMDR, so there are ample opportunities to develop skills through supervised practice.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to work across palliative care in-patient and out-patient services, providing specialist psychological assessments and therapy. The post holder will also offer advice and consultation on client's psychological care to colleagues within the Palliative Care teams and to other, non-professional carers, working within professional guidelines and the overall framework of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity's and policies and procedures.

The post holder will work alongside the Clinical Services Director or matron for Clinical Services to review the governance of the psychological practice within the service. To provide, when able, clinical supervision for colleagues such as specialist nurses.

The Clinical Psychologist delivering this service will work within professional guidelines and the overall framework CPD and Clinical Supervision will be provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

To provide highly specialist psychological assessments based upon theappropriate use, interpretation and integration of highly complex psychological 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.

To assist the medical team in communicating difficult, complex, and sensitive information which is both developmentally appropriate and psychologically informed.

To contribute to implementing a range of psychological interventions forindividuals, carers, families, and groups, within and across hospice teams and wider services, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence.


  • Pre-qualification and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/ or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Undertaken training in the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists.
  • Eligibility for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status.
  • Undertaken post-qualification further training in a specialised area of psychological practice e.g., neuropsychology, CBT, CAT, DBT, solution focused therapy, analytical therapy, systemic / family work etc.
  • Leadership training.



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of two years.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of verbal abuse.
  • Has demonstrated further specialist training and experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a Clinical Psychologist over at least 18 months, or an alternative as agreed by the Director of Psychological Services.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly in difficult and complex situations


  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working in a palliative care/ Hospice setting.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision

Knowledge & Understanding


  • 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 clients, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning.
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management.
  • Skills in self-management, including time-management.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of regional and national legislation in relation to the client group.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Evidence of using Microsoft office programmes and statistical analysis software.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional, and academic settings.
  • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of the patient group.
  • Ability 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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Capable of being individually accountable for own clinical interventions.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Advanced keyboard and computer skills.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in a general hospital setting.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Formal training in supervision of other Clinical Psychologists.
  • High-level knowledge and skills in specialist neuropsychological assessment of adults.
  • High-level knowledge and skills in working with carers.
  • Experience of leading and carrying out research projects and interpreting data using statistical analyses.
  • Proven ability in carrying our clinical audits.
  • Practical Implementation of New Ways of Working.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Cherry Hinton Road, Shelford Bottom Cambridge, CB22 3FB


CB22 3FB

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