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Clinical Psychologist for Cancer Services

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Full Time
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Clinical Psychologist for Cancer Services - Band 8a

This new post, funded by SWAG for 2 years, (with a view to permanent funding in the future) is a development through the personalised care agenda and NHS Long term plan for Cancer Services.

It recognises the importance a holistic, patient centred approach to care for cancer patients, and the need for an integrated model of psycho-social support for patients and their families from diagnosis throughout treatment and where appropriate to end of life.

The postholder will be responsible for, providing specialist (level 4) input for inpatients and outpatients and working with Nurses, Doctors and AHPs, liaising with MDT's, providing supervision for agreed groups of front line cancer staff, and liaising with internal and external stakeholders .

This post will be instrumental in delivering level II and advanced communication training to staff groups.

You'll play an important role in evaluating the outcomes of services provided and mapping / modelling psycho- oncology services required for the future.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a Clinical Psychologist experienced in working with people with cancer and / or a hospital environment, to deliver a Psycho Oncology Service for Cancer services within SFT and YDH.

The postholder will be part of the established support and counselling service, based at the Hope Centre at SFT, working alongside the lead for Psychological and Support services, providing psychosocial services to patients and staff across Somerset.

Information leaflet attached to this vacancy.

About us

As an organisation:the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

You would be joining a trust who have recently won the Health service Journal Award for Mental Health Trust of the Year in 2021.

The benefits of working in Somerset: include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

As part of this role you will be:

Responsible for providing highly specialised psychological assessment and treatment to patients referred

Work closely with the Counselling Service at SFT and YDH

Work closely with members of multidisciplinary teams at SFT and YDH

Develop strong links with stakeholders internally and externally to ensure the service works in an integrated way with other parts of Personalised Care and Support (PCS), formally known as Living with and beyond cancer. This includes other services in the trust which our patients may need to access and strengthening links to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services in the community, to ensure that patients receive well co-coordinated care.

Communicate with patients, families, carers, staff, and managers at all levels, clearly, effectively and informatively, with appropriate compassion.

Link in with colleagues working to improve and develop psychosocial services across SWAG, taking part in meetings and feeding back to the PCS working party as appropriate.

For full details please refer to the attached job description.

Person Specification all Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology or equivalent
  • Registered with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Clinical/Audit work with people with long term conditions such as cancer
  • Experience of working with a range of complex presentations
  • Significant experience of working with and teaching psychology training to staff and other professionals
  • Supervision experience
  • Good understanding of HOPE. Heamatology, Oncology, Palliative Care and Enhanced Supportive Care
  • Accreditation in CBT or CAT etc
  • Knowledge of Cancer plans locally and nationally
  • Experience of working with student counsellors/supervisors
  • Understanding of Trust plans locally

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