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Principal Clinical Psychologist in Neuropsychology

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you a driven, passionate individual looking for a new challenge? Then look no further!

Come join us in our clinical neuropsychology pathway at Royal Preston Hospital. The post focuses on delivering psychological care to people affected by neurological conditions, acquired brain injury (ABI), and functional neurological disorder (FND) in Lancashire and South Cumbria. As we grow the provision of clinical neuropsychology, other pathways, which require development, will be determined by the consultant psychologists and the head of the clinical health psychology service. We have an amazing opportunity to expand leadership skills and clinical experience.

You will also contribute to a range of clinical and governance activities in collaboration with the consultant psychologists in CHPs. There are 0.6WTE substantive hours available (3 days per week). CHPs is an innovative and growing service. We are proud to collaborate with and support a range of services within the trust. Therefore, we welcome applications from highly skilled, experienced, flexible and compassionate clinical psychologists with excellent interpersonal skills who are keen to work in novel areas of practice with experienced MDT colleagues, to develop the evidence base and be part of the dynamic CHPs service.

Main duties of the job

Your primary responsibility will be to develop highly specialised clinical neuropsychology pathways and deliver care to patients living with a range of neurological conditions, acquired brain injuries, and functional neurological disorders. This involves providing highly specialised assessments and formulating complex neuropsychological problems to create and implement individualised care and management plans tailored to each patient's clinical needs.

In addition to individualised care, you will conduct brief group psychoeducation sessions for patients and their carers. Effective communication with patients, carers, and colleagues within the multidisciplinary team (MDT) and other professions and community teams is crucial. Your role will involve promoting the aims of psychological care and ensuring the involvement of patients and carers at all stages of treatment.

Additionally, you will contribute to service improvement by monitoring and developing policies and procedures within the Clinical Health Psychology Service, informed by NHS priorities and developments within the psychological and therapy professions. Recognising and promoting equality and diversity, you will act in accordance with legislation and trust policies and procedures related to these areas. Promoting the quality of your practice, the service, and the Trust is a continuous commitment.

About us

We have 10,000 fantastic people working hard to deliver quality services to our patients. Whatever your role, you help look after 370,000 people in our local area & give specialist care to 1.5 million people across Lancashire & Cumbria.

Working with us gives you the knowledge and sense of pride that every activity you do genuinely does make a difference to support our patients & staff, ensuring we keep thriving & delivering outstanding healthcare right across our local towns.

You'll have access to varied development opportunities, learn new skills, meet fab people & do things you'd never have done.

You'll make an impact, be challenged to think differently, be bold & help innovate to keep improving things. Everything we do centres around patient care and enhancing their experience which means your role is pivotal and something really to be proud of.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties will include but not be limited to:
  • To develop specialist pathways and deliver care for patients living with a range of neurological conditions, ABI and FND. This includes the development and delivery of of inpatient and outpatient care.
  • To lead on the FND pathway, which includes: overseeing the provision of, and delivering, short-term assessment, formulation and intervention across inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • To provide integrated multidisciplinary care (joint appointments and MDT assessment clinics) across the inpatient and outpatient pathways to patients referred by our MDT colleagues.
  • To train and support MDT colleagues in psychologically informed care (education and consultation).
  • To provide clinical supervision to the MDT teams
  • To routinely undertake research, audit and service evaluation projects, including reports of clinical activity and effectiveness.
  • To contribute to MDT promotion of patient need, clinical symptoms and approaches to care.
  • To contribute to the development of the care pathways (includingdeveloping relationships with key partners within the ICS).
  • To work in consultation and collaboration with the consultant clinical psychologist, MDT colleagues, and key stakeholders.
  • To undertake extended roles and responsibilities within CHPs
  • To work flexibly across CHPs as required and directed by the Head of the Clinical Health Psychology Services.
  • The post holder will be a senior psychologist with demonstrable leadership skills and experience at a similar or higher level/grade.

Please see the job description for more information.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or equivalent), as accredited by the BPS/HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology. Resulting in proficiency in administering, scoring and interpreting clinical psychometrics. As well as proficiency in using two or more distinct psychological therapies and extensive knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology.
  • HCPC registered as a practitioner psychologist.
  • Strong commitment to CPD as evidenced by post qualification training
  • Post qualification training in clinical supervision


  • PGDip in clinical neuropsychology, accredited by BPS/HCPC
  • Training in trauma informed care and models of therapy e.g. EMDR
  • Qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Minimum of three years' experience as a senior psychologist
  • History of leadership training and experience

Knowledge and experience


  • Significant experience at similar grade working flexibly in extended roles.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with trauma, and trauma based therapies.
  • Experience of specialist psychological and neuropsychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams and of creating positive changes in practice within MDTs
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and 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.
  • Experience of leading on projects and / or change processes within complex organisational systems
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience in audit and evaluation of clinical services


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Knowledge and experience of the role of clinical leadership within the NHS
  • Experience of the application of neuropsychology in different cultural contexts.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Preston Hospital



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