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Macmillan Clinical Psychologist

Northampton General Hospital
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Macmillan Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Band 8A Full time (37.5 hrs)

(Band 7 to 8A preceptorship available)
Part-time/flexible working could be considered
The University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group is delighted to be working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and the East Midlands Cancer Alliance to increase the psychological support for people living with cancer. We are looking to recruit two committed, compassionate, and enthusiastic clinical/counselling or health psychologists to join the psycho-oncology services - one post to be based at Northampton General Hospital and one post to be based at Kettering General Hospital.

The Macmillan clinical psychology services provide a specialist (level IV) clinical psychology service to adult (18 +) patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and who are experiencing complex psychological difficulties relating to any aspect of their diagnosis or treatment. Our services take a compassionate, holistic and patient-centred approach, and are committed to offering a flexible and responsive service to cancer patients at all stages of the cancer pathway.

Main duties of the job

This role offers the opportunity for a mix of face-to-face and virtual outpatient sessions, as well as some inpatient work. The service is well regarded and highly valued by the cancer teams within the hospitals, consistently receiving extremely positive feedback from patients. The post-holders will contribute to all aspects of the service, including direct clinical work with patients, supporting the delivery of supervision, consultation and teaching to the level two practitioners, as well as providing support to other staff within oncology/haematology services as appropriate. The post holder will work closely with the Service Leads and will have creative opportunities to contribute to the future development of the service.

The successful candidates will ideally have some relevant post-qualification experience. However, we would welcome applications from newly qualified psychologists who would be appointed on a band 7 preceptorship basis, with a development plan in place to support them to working towards an 8a role.

Some experience of working with people with cancer or in a health psychology setting would be valuable, but not essential, although you will be expected to have an understanding of the relationship between physical health conditions and emotional wellbeing.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Although the Northamptonshire Psycho-oncology Service itself is a relatively small team, you would also be joining a well-established regional network of psychologists working within the East Midlands Cancer Alliance, which offers opportunities for peer supervision as well as collaboration with regard to strategic regional service development. As a Macmillan professional, you will have access to the added support and resources offered by Macmillan Cancer Support, including specialist opportunities for training, development and networking with other Macmillan professionals across the UK.

Travel across the county may be required in order to attend supervision, clinical governance and CPD events so a driving licence and access to a vehicle insured for business purposes would be advantageous.

For further information please contact Charlotte George or Annie Jones, Macmillan Consultant Clinical Psychologists, on 01604 545848 /

Person Specification

Education Training Qualifications


  • Post graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Eligibility for registration with HCPC as a practitioner psychologist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists

Knoledge & Expereince


  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of a least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings
  • Experience of teaching, training and providing clinical supervision
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • 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 exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups


  • Experience of working within oncology or a health psychology setting
  • Specialist knowledge of psychological models relevant to understanding the psychological impact of cancer, coping and models of intervention



  • Understanding of systemic factors and ability to apply these in formulations in the context of a complex healthcare system
  • Ability to undertake assessments and formulation in a time limited manner, often with incomplete information
  • Confidence delivering both individual and group psychological interventions
  • Experience and ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate
  • IT literate with ability to use electronic systems, spreadsheets/databases and produce reports and statistics
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to utilise them to communicate effectively within a multi-disciplinary team-based environment as well as with patients/carers
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills to allow the ability to mange a demanding and constantly changing workload.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Passionate and committed to bring our Dedicated to Excellence values to life, improving the way we work with each other, particularly focusing on empowerment, equality diversity and inclusion of our staff, patients and service users
  • Compassionate and committed to providing a values-based, patient-centred and holistic service
  • Flexible, highly motivated, and able to work autonomously under pressure
  • Able to communicate both sensitively and effectively, and to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Able to manage high levels of emotional distress, both as an individual level and in the context of supporting colleagues

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital

Billing Rd



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