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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £65,095 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Join our dynamic Neuropsychology Department at the National Hospital, a leading centre in the UK renowned for its clinical services and research.

We offer specialised diagnostic, management, and rehabilitation services for patients with neurological, neurosurgical, and neuropsychiatric conditions.

Main duties of the job

This role is ideal for clinical psychologists with a background in neuropsychology and relevant experience in adult neuropsychology assessment and intervention. It is available at Band 8a or Band 7 (development post with progression to Band 8a). Flexible work patterns will be considered on an individual basis.

Candidates must:o Have Doctorate level training in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Neuropsychology (or its equivalent).o Be registered with the HCPC.o Have experience in conducting, interpreting, and communicating findings from complex neuropsychological assessments.o Those not meeting all Band 8a requirements can start at Band 7 with progression based on performance.

The post holder will provide specialist neuropsychological assessments, cognitive rehabilitation, and management advice for complex disabilities in both inpatients and outpatients.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a commitment to high standards of care, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are crucial. Supervision and further training will be provided.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Honours degree in psychology or related disciplines, and Doctorate level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent)
  • Registered or eligible to register as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Specialist knowledge of neuropsychological assessment techniques and psychometrics
  • Knowledge of interventions and neurorehabilitation and an ability to guide and advise medical / nursing and therapy staff on these principles.
  • Specialist knowledge of psychological therapies relevant to use in a neuro-rehabilitation setting.


  • Specialist knowledge of neuropsychological syndromes and functional neuroanatomy
  • Knowledge of further educational and support systems / services for cognitively impaired adults



  • At least two years clinical experience post-qualification of working as a specialist clinical neuropsychologist.


  • Previous experience presenting to peers / colleagues on a range of clinical and research issues
  • Post-qualification experience using cognitive rehabilitation techniques and psychological interventions (egg CBT, brief interventions, counselling, psychosocial interventions) with patients and their family members, within both individual and group settings.
  • Neuropsychological experience across a range of clinical settings, client ages and neuropsychological syndromes

Skills & Abilities


  • Communication & Customer Care: Demonstrates understanding of, and ability to, manage the needs of patients with acute and chronic disability, including the use of supportive counselling skills as appropriate
  • Communication & Customer Care: Demonstrates professional and effective verbal and written communication skills including excellent negotiation skills with patients, carers and other health professional staff in service delivery
  • Communication & Customer Care: Ability to communicate highly sensitive information to cognitively impaired and/or psychologically vulnerable people and their carers, who may have significant barriers to understanding or acceptance
  • Communication & Customer Care: Management of behavioural disturbances e.g., verbal aggression, inappropriate behaviour, and risk of physical aggression from people with a behavioural / cognitive disturbance.
  • Personal & people development: Ability to establish good rapport and professional working relationships within multidisciplinary teams and other agencies for extended periods of time
  • Personal & people development: Ability to show leadership, initiative and utilise clinical supervision in different services effectively
  • Personal & people development: Ability to identify areas for own personal / professional development through highly developed reflective practice skills and integrate knowledge gained into own practice
  • Personal & people development: Ability to autonomously manage own caseload
  • Academic and research: Ability to critique and evaluate scientific data and best practice clinical guidelines
  • Quality and service improvement: Evidence of working effectively in multidisciplinary teams
  • Quality and service improvement: Evidence of effective clinical reasoning in the assessment and management of complex neuro-disability.
  • Information processing (IT skills): Competent IT skills (word processing, spreadsheets, SPSS)


  • Personal & people development: Effective time management and ability to prioritise own workload
  • Personal & people development: Ability to represent clinical psychology in multi-disciplinary group settings and within specialist clinical services.
  • Personal & people development: Ability to complete clinical and research duties in an autonomous fashion.
  • Academic and research: Evidence of a research publication track record within relevant areas of clinical neuropsychology
  • Academic and research: Previous experience in conducting research and/or audit in relevant area of neuropsychology

Personal Qualities


  • A high level of interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must be able to cope with highly emotive and psychologically challenging demands of working with neurologically impaired patients for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people in a sensitive, caring and non-judgemental manner.



  • Demonstrate ability to meet Trust Values of safety, kindness, teamwork and improving

Responsibilities towards promoting Equality Diversity and Inclusion


  • Demonstratable understanding of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and/or Knowledge of the NHS obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duties

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery

Queen Square



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