Principal Clinical Psychologist (or Neuro) - PPSS/Long Covid

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £63,862 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Up to 37.5 hours per week 8A or Up to 30hrs 8b (full/part time)

The post holder will work within the Persistent Physical Symptoms Service (PPSS), part of the Department of Physical Health and Rehabilitation Psychology. The post holder will work primarily within PPSS, but may also have the opportunity to offer up to 4 sessions per week within the Long Covid Service.

The Department offers specialist psychological input across Cumbria to patients with health problems, and associated psychological difficulty.

PHRP aims to promote psychological wellbeing for patients with Long Term Conditions (LTCs), for example COPD, coronary disease, diabetes, cancer needs, as well as those with medically unexplained symptoms and chronic illness.

This post holder will work within this comprehensive pathway built on a biopsychosocial model. The pathway will work across secondary and primary care with interface with acute services, providing therapy and indirect care to patients with a combination of physical health problems and psychological problems.

This post will contribute to this service aim and promote:
  • Integrated working in primary and secondary care, across the heath economy/ICC
  • Collaborative work with other professionals
  • Teaching
  • Training
  • Supervision

The service would welcome applications from clinical, counselling and neuropsychologists (job plan would be tailored to the needs of both the individual and the service if Neuro).

Main duties of the job

Please see the full job description and person specification for a comprehensive list or roles and responsibilities.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time'.
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our policy for eligible vacancies?
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

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Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the life course and presenting with the full range of clin-ical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, communi-ty, in-patient and residential care set-tings including 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 exercising full clinical re-sponsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings includ-ing in-patient
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cul-tural contexts.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
Qualifications Essential
  • Registered with the regulatory body eg. BABPC, RCN or HCPC
  • Either: Clinical Psychologist: HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist. BPS Accredited Clinical Psychology Training. Or : Health or Counselling Psychologist: HCPC registered Health or Counselling Practitioner Psychologist, with experience in clinical practice working with patients with health problems and long term conditions Or: Cognitive Behavioural Therapist With completed appropriate training in CBT therapy, eg Diploma, accredited by the BABCP, and equivalent to a Doctoral degree or higher level of professional knowledge, training and experience
  • Further training or experience in the specialist field.
  • Prepared to undertake a substantial Post-qualification training in one or more additional specialized areas of psychological practice, at least equivalent to a post-graduate diploma, or equivalent professional development
  • Practitioner Full Member sta-tus within the Division of Neuropsychology.
  • Recognised post-graduate qualification in Neuropsychology.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to integrate highly complex clinical information into a coherent formulation, and to apply this in treatment, manage-ment and rehabilitation
  • The ability to plan and organise in a manner consistent with a Service remit and the requirement of highly autono-mous working
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS, including the ability to communicate effectively with people with severe communicative disabilities
  • Demonstrable ability to exercise full clinical responsibility for clients' psychologi-cal care and treatment
  • Ability to articulate and interpret clearly the role of the profession of clinical psy-chology based upon a good understanding of the framework of government and national professional policy.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psy-chology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group, mental health and men-tal capacity.
  • Knowledge of clinical caseload management within a team setting
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Ability to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
  • Willingness to develop leadership and management skills
  • Willingness to work flexibly
  • An awareness of own strengths and limitations
Other Essential
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appro-priate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clin-ical practice in the face of regular expo-sure to highly emotive material and chal-lenging behaviour
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic set-tings.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office functions and a willingness to further develop these as required
  • Ability to travel independently of public transport
  • Willingness to work flexibly
  • An awareness of own strengths

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