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Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical, Counselling, Health Psychologist)

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £62,785 a year pa inc
Closing date
4 Aug 2024
This is an exciting opportunity for either a newly qualified or experienced band 7 clinical/counselling/health psychologist looking for a post with potential career progression or for an established band 8a principal clinical psychologist to join our Diabetes and Long-term conditions teams.

We strongly encourage applications from newly qualified Practitioner Psychologists, or those close to obtaining qualified status, who will initially be offered a preceptorship position (Agenda for Change Band 7) and then supported to be eligible to move into the principal Clinical Psychologist position (Agenda for Change Band 8A).

Due to additional funding, the Greenwich Community Diabetes/Long-term conditions Teams are expanding the Psychology provision. A significant proportion of the work will be with the Diabetes Teams and may include work with other long term conditions.

We are looking for a candidate preferably with experience in physical health, Diabetes and/or Long-Term Conditions, to join our forward-thinking and dedicated multi-disciplinary team of highly specialist nurses, dietitians, podiatrists and medical Consultants.

Main duties of the job

Goldie Leigh Hospital is the main base but work at various clinics around the borough as well as home visits within the borough is part of the role.

The postholder(s) will be joining a dynamic and friendly network of psychologists in physical health in the Adult Community Physical Health Services Directorate. There are regular opportunities for CPD, networking and coming together with other psychologists working in physical health for collegiate support. Clinical supervision is provided from within the directorate.

As a clinical member of the Long-term conditions (LTC) Teams the post holder(s) will be responsible for the autonomous provision of a highly specialised psychological therapy service for patients with diabetes/other LTCs.

The post holder(s) will be accountable for the direct provision of a systematic, specialist clinical/counselling psychology service ensuring comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessments and a range of psychological interventions appropriate to individuals with diabetes/ other LTCs. As well as direct work, the postholder(s) will also provide consultation and reflective practice for the teams and professionals involved in the patient's care and act as a psychological resource for the teams.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified specialist practitioner (clinical /counselling/health) psychology service to clients of the Diabetes and Long-term conditions teams and other teams when necessary or appropriate: providing psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

To contribute to the development of the service including the routine collection of outcome data as required by the service.

It will be a requirement of this role to participate in job planning which forms a key part of the working practices of qualified psychological therapists.

Further detailed information relating to the role and responsibilities can be found in the attached supporting documentation

Person Specification

Registration and qualifications


  • HCPC registered or eligible for registration this year
  • Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling/Health Psychology (or equivalent), accredited by BPS


  • Further qualifications and/or training in a therapy modality relevant to Clinical Health Psychology

Work experience


  • Experience of working in a physical health setting
  • Experience of supervising others


  • Experience of running groups
  • Experience of psychological therapies in a physical health setting
  • Experience of working with Diabetes
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts

Service Development and Research


  • Experience of audit or service evaluation


  • Experience of published research or service evaluation

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Goldie Leigh Hospital

Lodge Hill



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