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Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £59,796 a year per annum inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity for either a newly qualified band 7 clinical psychologist looking for a post with potential career progression or for an established band 8a principal clinical psychologist to join our Early Supported Discharge for Stoke (ESD) team and The Stroke Unit (TSU) at Hillingdon Hospital. This is a new post and we are restructuring the way we deliver psychological services to stroke survivors in the hospital and community.

Our ESD and TSU teams are well established, providing multi-disciplinary rehabilitation to people with stroke injuries across North-West London. Psychology is well integrated within these services and assessments and interventions are conducted as part of holistic and goal orientated rehabilitation. The ESD team consists of medical consultant, clinical nurse specialist, physiotherapy, SaLT, OT and rehab support workers. The ESD consultant also works in TSU which has recently moved into a brand-new building.

The successful applicant will provide high quality neuropsychological assessment, psychological interventions and consultancy. As a valued member of the multi-disciplinary team, there will also be opportunities for indirect working, in the provision of support for families and group-based interventions.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed clinical psychologist to join our well-established multidisciplinary teams in ESD and TSU at either band 7 or band 8a. Applications are encouraged from newly qualified, or soon-to-qualify, psychologists who could progress from Band 7 preceptorship to Band 8a in this post. For preceptorship posts there is dedicated CPD time to further develop specialist clinical skills.

You will have an interest in assessment and remediation of cognitive and communication disorders following stroke injury and participation in service development in neuropsychology across NW London in the acute sector as well as in the community.

You will receive regular individual supervision and support from the clinical neuropsychologist within the neuro-rehab service who is working towards obtaining the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QICN).

About us

Personal and professional development is a high priority for CNWL. We have our own Psychological Professions Workforce Development team that provide excellent internal training as well as commissioning specialised external training and providing quality supervision. This ensures all our therapists reach their full potential at every stage of their career. Our commitment to research, audit and evidence-based practice is made possible by our strong links with local universities and our CNWL Research Network.

The Hillingdon Clinical Health Psychology department has 15 staff members and has clinical psychologists employed specifically for CFS / ME, chronic pain, obstetrics & gynaecology, oncology & palliative care, neuro-rehab, staff support, ICU and respiratory services. The department is part of a large (50+) multi-speciality Hillingdon Psychology service and has good links with the CNWL Trustwide Psychological Professions teams across London, Milton Keynes and Surrey.

Job description Job responsibilities

To contribute to the provision of a specialist clinical psychology service to adults, their families and carers, referred to the Stroke Unit and ESD Rehabilitation Service.

To provide specialist psychological/neuropsychological assessment, formulation and therapy for complex cases within the service. This will be based upon clinical psychology, clinical health psychology, and neuropsychological theory and practice.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.

To promote good practice in psychological care for people with stroke and contribute to the optimum management of patient care, including the provision of teaching and training and support to staff in the psychological aspects of neurological disorders, neuropsychological sequalae and long term disability.

Support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other team members who provide psychologically based care and treatment, and offer specialist advice and consultation on patients psychological assessment and care to non-psychology colleagues.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology Or Post-graduate level training in an evidence based psychological therapy AND Accredited by BABCP
  • Pre/Post-qualification training and qualifications in neuropsychology, research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Post-graduate research experience and skills.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 2 years, or an alternative agreed by the Chief Psychologist.
  • Experience of working in a neuro-rehabilitaiton setting
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology to different cultural contexts
  • Experience of managing waiting lists and service information requirements.
Skills Essential
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

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