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Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist Gastroenterology

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Principle Clinical Health Psychologist

Salary: �58,972 to �68,525 - Band 8b

Full time (37.5 hours)

Reading - Hybrid

We are seeking a motivated and compassionate Clinical Health Psychologist - Physical Medicine Long Term Conditions to join our team.

Working as part of the clinical team and supported by the Consultant Psychologist, you will manage a clinical caseload and share the leadership of psychological service delivery as part of the multidisciplinary team within the Gastroenterology Service at The Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The postholder will be part of the vibrant, supportive and growing Clinical Health Psychology Service which covers ICU, Haematology, Cancer, Pain, ME/CFS, Diabetes, Bariatrics, Gastroenterology, Acute Stroke Inpatient ward, Inpatient Neurorehabilitation ward and Neuro Outpatient services.

This exciting role is jointly commissioned by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust.

Main duties of the job

  • Advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to other clinical members of the teams providing psychologically and physically based care and treatment.
  • Providing direct and indirect psychological interventions to clients with gastroenterological conditions, including working with inpatients in acute hospital setting, and co-facilitating a group course on IBS, with a dietitian.
  • Providing leadership on service delivery, service planning and care pathways

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme including electric vehicles
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave
  • Free parking across Trust sites

If you share our values and would like to come and work for us, please submit your application as soon as possible as we'll occasionally close roles early that have a high number of applications.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Doctoral qualification in clinical or counselling psychology.
  • Experience of specialist assessment and formulation and treatment of adults in inpatient and/ or community physical health settings.
  • Relevant experience of working with Gastroenterology conditions.
  • A background of liaising with clinical and management colleagues around service improvement in a relevant area.
  • HCPC registration

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical psychology (or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996) which provides eligibility for Chartered Membership of the BPS (British Psychological Society). Including working knowledge of models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, health psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registered and accredited with Health Care Professional Council (HCPC).
  • Proven ability in teaching and formal training in professional/clinical supervision.

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of substantial post-doctoral training, experience and expert knowledge in psychological models and therapeutic approaches with an evidence base within gastroenterology
  • Training and experience in supervising qualified and unqualified psychological therapists.



  • Significant experience working as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist, including demonstrable post qualification experience at a highly specialist level in gastroenterology and in multidisciplinary team working in acute hospital settings
  • Significant experience of working in evidence-based ways with service users (and their carers/ families) presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the range of care settings including acute hospital settings, 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 dealing with highly distressing or emotional circumstances, such as serious mental illness, child and sexual abuse, exploitation, and complex family dynamics
  • Experience of teaching and professional/clinical supervision, as well as experience of developing and leading the delivery of training programmes and supervision.
  • Experience of service evaluation and implementing change from a national and local health or social care change agenda that impacts across services and professions.
  • Experience of working with, and addressing issues of diversity, including experience of working with diversity, multiculturalism and equality of access to services

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Able to manage a demanding and complex caseload while supporting junior colleagues.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues, both within and outside the NHS
  • Detailed and advanced knowledge of a range of evidence-based assessments and therapeutic interventions within designated clinical area.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and highly effective communication skills with the ability to support, engage and lead patients, clinicians and other stakeholder groups in change, development, and improvement

Additional requirements


  • Demonstrates the ability to respond to people's needs sensitively, particularly with reference to all aspects of diversity.
  • Able to work flexibly as required, including working in RBH hospital wards.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Clinical Health Psychology



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