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Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Emergency Department

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time
Consultant Clinical Psychologist Lead within Emergency Department- Band 8c, 0.6 wte permanent contract.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Consultant Clinical Psychologist to work within ED at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, based at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. The ED provision is a relatively newly funded service, which is seeking an 8c Consultant Clinical Psychologist to further scope and develop the service. This post will therefore provide the opportunity to be involved in designing & shaping a new service, one of only a few nationally in a dynamic & highly supportive environment, where Clinical Psychology is already very highly valued.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have a regular physical presence in the ED department at QMC in order to be physically available to support patients & their families. Also, to be able to support ED staff members on a face-to-face basis or at times, via telephone or video consultation. On occasions, the post-holder may need to provide some holiday cross-cover within the areas of Critical Care or Major Trauma at QMC.

The service will be delivered in collaboration and consultation with senior Psychology staff & ED staff at QMC. Clinical supervision will be provided by an existing experienced & highly supportive Consultant Clinical Psychologist who works within Critical Care & Major Trauma at QMC.

About us

With over 19,000 staff, we are one of the biggest employers in the city with a central role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local population. We play a leading role in research, education and innovation.

Come and join our wonderful team at NUH. We are big believers in diversity and welcome new ideas to help develop our team in order to deliver world class healthcare to the vast patient populations we serve. With endless personal development opportunities available, at NUH we will endeavour to turn your job into a career!

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, or Disabled, as we are striving to be better represented at NUH.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more details of the main responsibilities and requirements of the role.

For further information about the Trust please visit our Website at

Information about our Accident & Emergency Department can be found at: Emergency Department | NUH

Person Specification

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's We are here for you behavioural standards

Training and Qualifications


  • Postgraduate 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
  • Eligibility for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status and registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council


  • Post-doctoral training/study in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice and supervision.
  • Additional study/qualifications in illness or health psychology.
  • Attendance on a regular basis at highly specialist CPD/training events
  • Specialist knowledge, experience and/or training relating to communicating with patients who are extremely unwell and / or their families.



  • Substantial post qualification experience working in a clinical medical / health psychology setting.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision to unqualified clinical psychologists and clinical psychologists in training.
  • Experience of supervising and managing research and audit projects.
  • Extensive post-qualification clinical experience of working with patients with general medical conditions and chronic illnesses.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across a range of care settings including outpatient and inpatient. Including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse


  • Demonstrable experience of working with ED patients or with patients from services such as critical care and major trauma
  • Experience of representing the profession in local policy.
  • Experience of leadership and management
  • Experience of managing and developing specialist services
  • Experience of specialist staff support & wellbeing services.
  • Experience of working with patients with traumatic, severe and complex physical injuries
  • Experience of professional management of qualified or pre-qualified clinical psychologists
  • Experience of multi-professional management of teams or services within the designated specialty

Communication and Relationship Skills


  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • Ability to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.


  • The ability to work effectively with clients from a diverse range of cultural/ethnic backgrounds, and to understand and respect the impact of difference and diversity upon clients' lives and difficulties.

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Evidence of highest level of analytical and judgemental skills.
  • A doctoral level of research knowledge. The ability to lead on both clinical and non-clinical research, applying a doctoral level of knowledge and skills in research designs, methods and analyses (including complex multivariate statistics) as practised in the field of clinical psychology.
  • Ability to analyse highly complex psychological data in order to develop individual psychological formulations
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Good judgement about when to act to ensure safety
  • Ability to continue to think clearly in situations of high emotion and stress


  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.

Physical Skills


  • Ability to move between a number of locations within the hospital in a working day
  • To work across both the City and QMC campuses as required

Personal and People Development


  • Experience of providing support and supervision to healthcare colleagues.
  • Experience of teaching and training of MDT staff.
  • Ability to treat all with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the whole person.
  • Ability to create an appropriate environment for clients / staff in a highly emotive situation and respond appropriately.


  • Experience of working within staff wellbeing programmes.

Other requirements specific to the role


  • Enhanced DBS check clearance required
  • Up to date immunisations including TB and HepB
  • Ability to work with individuals who often have complex emotional and physical difficulties, are highly distressed and can be verbally and physically aggressive. This may include end of life care
  • On site working is required

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


Queens Medical Centre



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