Clinical Psychologist in Cancer Care (Home based)

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Full Time
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A unique opportunity has arisen for Clinical Psychologists with experience of working in a physical health setting, to work in an innovative pilot service, providing an integrated clinical psychology service for people affected by cancer across the East Midlands region. The pilot is funded by NHS England & Improvement's East Midlands Cancer Alliance and is an excellent opportunity to work across a diverse region, honing your skills in psychological therapy and providing training and clinical supervision across the health and social care system.

The Physical Health Psychology Service consists of Clinical Psychologists working across physical health specialties and staff wellbeing at Kings Mill Hospital, John Eastwood Hospice, and across the East Midlands. You will be part of a highly supportive, innovative, multi-award-winning team of clinical psychologists who are committed to offering an excellent service to patients and staff in physical healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

We are almost fully recruited for the refunded extension of this innovative regional pilot service and require an additional dedicated psychologist to complete clinical the team.

As a key member of the team, you will provide the full range of psycho-oncology services across the East Midlands, with a focus on areas of greatest need where there is little or no psychology provision. The project team of qualified and assistant clinical psychologists, supported by a team secretary, will provide remote, high quality,specialist psychological assessment and therapy for individuals and groups of patients affected by cancer with complex physical and psychological health needs and their adult carers. You will offer consultation, supervision and training for non-psychologist cancer professionals across health, social care and the voluntary and community sectors, spanning primary and secondary care. You will utilise research skills to contribute to the evaluation of the pilot, as well as for service developments.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands. We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

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Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

To support the Lead Clinical Psychologist in the setup of a psychological care pathway delivered remotely across the East Midlands Cancer Alliance regions, provide remote specialised assessment and evidence based interventions to referred cancer patients across the East Midlands, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Trust policies and procedures

Provide clinical supervision to the Assistant Psychologist and support to other clinical psychologists/trainee clinical psychologists in the team.

Support and supervise non psychology colleagues e.g. students and other cancer professionals, in psychological aspects of their work with patients and their families

Offer remote consultation, teaching, training and advice to cancer professionals across the East Midlands. Work closely with the level 2 cancer nurse specialists

Assist the Lead Clinical Psychologist for the Cancer Video Psychotherapy Project in developing and delivering evidence based psychological programmes and self management material

Liaise with and facilitate access to mental health services, IAPT services and third sector support services as appropriate

Utilise research and supervision skills

To assist in the promotion of the service and dissemination of relevant psychologically informed practice across the wider health system, as required.

Peer support,regular clinical supervision and CPD will be offered. We have strong links with local Doctorate Clinical Psychology training courses, with opportunities to be involved in teaching, research supervision and clinical placement provision.

Person Specification
  • Professional qualification in Clinical Psychology
  • Registration with HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist
  • Completion of post-doctoral supervisor training workshop programme (or equivalent individual workshops)

  • Experience of using a range of psychological therapy models with patients with cancer or other complex health conditions
  • Experience of neuropsychological assessments
  • Experience of supervising qualified and trainee Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists
  • Experience of training/supervising physical healthcare staff
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team in a physical health setting
  • Experience of research/service evaluation in a physical healthcare setting
  • Experience of using remote methods of communication (video/telephone) to support patients/carers

  • Highly developed specialist knowledge of the impact of cancer or other long-term/life limiting conditions
  • Knowledge of a range of psychological therapy models relevant for working in cancer services
  • Knowledge of models of clinical supervision/reflective practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of research methodologies and carrying out literature searches

  • Knowledge of the application of the research process in NHS settings
  • Critical appreciation of NICE guidance for Supportive and Palliative Care and its application in psycho-oncology services

  • High level interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to establish rapport and build relationships with patients and careers and colleagues both verbally (via video and telephone) and in writing
  • Presentation skills for training staff, presenting research findings and promoting the service
  • Word, Powerpoint, Excel, video-conferencing software e.g. MS Teams
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner and in collaboration with clinical and management team
  • Excellent organisational and self-management skills
  • Ability to support junior staff to manage workloads
  • Highly motivated and keen to develop self and service
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively as team member
  • Capacity to accept constructive feedback and modify practice accordingly

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