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Practitioner Psychologist Band 7

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

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Due to the expansion of services we are looking to recruit a Band 7 Practitioner Psychologist or Psychological Therapist, there are opportunities for flexible working and part time working. This post would be suited to a newly or recently qualified Practitioner Psychologist or an experienced Psychological Therapist who has an interest in working in Specialist Palliative Care settings.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the restructure of psychology services within Specialist Palliative Care Services across Sunderland and South Tyneside. You will form part of a team of psychologists and psychological practitioners to continue to develop and embed psychology services for patients and relatives accessing specialist palliative care services and within Head and Neck Cancer Services.

As a Band 7 practitioner you will be provided with line management and one to one clinical supervision by an experienced and senior psychologist within the department and have access to CPD and the support of the wider department. We work closely with University of Sunderland colleagues and so there are opportunities for research and service evaluations. Psychology is a highly valued within STSFT and you will be supported to continue to develop and grow the service.

Main duties of the job

This role is well suited to someone who has an interest in working within physical health services and working as part of a wider MDT. The role of a Band 7 practitioner will be diverse and there are opportunities to not only develop and consolidate core therapeutic clinical skills, but also develop skills and experience in devising and delivering training, providing consultation and supervision to MDT members. The post holder may have previous experiences of working within physical health services or with physical health conditions, but this is not essential.

There are opportunities to form part of Specialist Interest Groups both regionally and nationally, and the post holder will be supported to develop within their role.

There is flexibility with work patterns, including part time work and condensed hours.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The Clinical Health Psychology Services at STSFT is continuing to grow and expand, and we are looking to appoint a Band 7 psychological practitioner. The post will be based within our Specialist Palliative Care Service as well as the Head and Neck Cancer Team. There are opportunities for continued CPD and skills development and the service has a number of psychologists trained in varying therapeutic modalities including CBT, CAT, EMDT, CFT and ACT.

You will expected to work autonomously in relation to managing your own caseload and be responsible for the planning and organisation of your clinics and the implementation of evidence-based psychological interventions in both group and individual settings to meet the patients psychological needs.

There will be opportunities for research clinical audit depending on service need and the interests of the post holder. Supervision and support will be provided by a senior clinical psychologists. As a service we have a mix of professions working within our MDT services including a specialist nurse, specialist physiotherapists and a specialist OT.

Person Specification

Personal Qualities


  • Excellent organisational skills to with the ability to work autonomously and manage a range of clinical activities.
  • Ability to create effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Interest for a broad range of psychological phenomena, models of service delivery and an ability to articulate the value added by psychology services to wider teams.



  • Experience of working within the NHS.
  • Experience of working within a multi-professional team
  • Experience of working with adults who have mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for patients psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan with appropriate supervision.


  • Experience of teaching and training non-psychologists in psychological therapy skills.
  • Experience of facilitating CBT based group programmes
  • Experience of application of psychology in different cultural settings
  • Experience of working in physical health services.

Knowledge & Skills


  • Models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies including CBT.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to use the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills both verbal and written
  • To convey/receive highly complex/sensitive information effectively requiring empathy and reassurance in a highly emotive atmosphere.
  • Ability to make clinical and service related judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of excellent organisational skills to manage a range of clinical activities
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for clinical practice
  • An understanding of the importance and function of personal boundaries and how to manage and maintain them.
  • Knowledge of current issues in and opportunities for applying psychological interventions in a healthcare setting


  • Relevant additional clinical experience within physical health services.
  • Experience of NHS service planning/ improvement/ development
  • Knowledge of the relevance of psychological factors in physical health services.



  • Interest for a broad of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery
  • A commitment to the elevation and development of the service through audit
  • Willingness to provide a flexible and responsive service to meet the needs of a diverse and evolving service
  • A commitment to the evaluation of the service through audit.



  • An upper second class honours degree or higher in Psychology with eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership with British Psychological Society (BPS) Post-graduate Applied Psychology training accredited by HCPC allowing registration as a Practitioner Psychologist (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 as accredited by the BPS) HCPC registered as a Practitioner Psychologist OR Qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course (Post Graduate Diploma) Accredited with the BABCP OR Recorded/registered core professional qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy plus further post graduate qualification training in a in CBT. Accredited with the BABCP. OR Recorded/registered core professional qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy plus further post graduate qualification training in Cognitive Analytical Therapy. Accredited with ACAT as a CAT Practitioner and/or UKCP registered as a CAT Psychotherapist.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two
  • specialised psychological therapies.
  • Additional training in evidence based trauma interventions.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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