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Clinical Psychologist- Neurological Rehabilitation (Bank)


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Clinical Psychologist- Neurological Rehabilitation (Bank)
Bank: 6 months
Flexible working - 0 hours per week
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£47,126 - £53,219 pa pro rata
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Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

We are seeking  bank band 8a Clinical Psychologist(s) to work in areas of Neurological Rehabilitation Psychology.  

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a clinical psychologist to be attached to one of the most well established Clinical Health Psychology Departments in the country providing bank psychology as required and available. 

Please get in touch if you are interested and we can discuss the areas available to work in now

Confidence and experience in neuropsychological assessment, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an appreciation of the need to adjust therapeutic input to take into account the presence of cognitive impairment are essential, as is enthusiasm and commitment to MDT working .  


Main duties of the job

Contribute to the timely provision  of specialist psychological assessment and therapy provided to patients within neuroscience areas in Gloucestershire,  including brain injury and stroke,   with the aim of reducing waiting times for patients.

Working for our organisation

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK.  We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

The person would be part of a team of  7 other psychologists delivering a service to Neurological Rehabilitation (spanning older adults with health problems, patients with neurological problems, and  those who have experienced a brain injury) – an exciting and developing service with excellent team support – and also the friendly, experienced and supportive multidisciplinary Brain Injury Team.

Informal enquiries to Dr. Aileen Thomson (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Lead for Psychology Services to Neurology) on 0300  4228552 or 0300 4228523 or email:

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Full Job Description available online 

Job PurposeTo provide highly specialist clinical health psychology intervention, including specialist neuropsychological assessment, to adult in/out-patients with highly complex difficulties. Specifically for patients with neurological conditions and brain injurys; their families, carers and associated staff.  This includes developing and providing specialist programmes of care and advice at an individual and group level, consultative advice and supervision for colleagues, education of colleagues and service based research.

Required to act independently and be accountable for own actions within professional guidelines and trust policies.

Knowledge, skills and experience required

Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology accredited by British Psychological Society (BPS) and eligible for chartered status.

Minimum 1 year specialist training/experience unique to specialty including experience within psychological aspects of health care, neuropsychological assessment and psychological interventions in group and individual settings and having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision working as a qualified psychologist.

Specialist skills in neuropsychological assessment and interpretation.

Requires the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills , sufficient to effectively and tactfully communicate complex sensitive and contentious information to distressed or vulnerable patients, family and colleagues, or those with communication difficulties (eg. cognitive deficits, brain injury, deafness etc)

Knowledge of relevant government frameworks and initiatives.

Knowledge of physical health problems and psychological aspects of chronic and/or life threatening physical illnesses and mental health difficulties.

Knowledge of current evidence-based clinical interventions in clinical psychology.

Skills in treating patients on an individual and group basis, including assessment, individualised formulation, development and implementation of treatment.

Experience of working with older adults with physical illness.

Experience of responding to requests for consultation on staff and organisational difficulties

Experience of multi-disciplinary working, consultancy and staff teaching/training within healthcare settings.

Emotional robustness and capacity for concentration to cope and work effectively with the stress (in self and others) of frequent intense work with people who are in highly distressing situations (e.g. management of chronic/terminal disease, bereavement, loss issues adjustment to physical and cognitive disabilities resulting from brain injury etc; work conflict and stress).

Capacity to use reflection to guide clinical practice.

Trained to supervise doctoral clinical psychology trainees and psychology assistants.

Have experience of teaching/training and presenting good practice and research findings at both local and national levels.

Doctoral level knowledge and expertise in research methods for audit and evaluation, including complex multivariate data analysis, to meet the clinical governance agenda

Be accountable for own professional actions and the interpretation of agreed guidelines, Government Frameworks, Trust and BPS guidelines and policies, taking responsibility for the maintenance and development of own professional skills base

Competence and keyboard skills required in the use of basic IT and complex data management systems (including SPSS, Access and EXCEL), word processing and presentation packages and reviewing literature from psychological/medical database

A valid driving license or other demonstrable means of mobility

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Clinical Psychology doctorate (or equivalent)
  • Experience as a qualified psychologist in Neurological Rehabilitation including using neuropsychological assessment therapeutically
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate training in Neuropsychology


Essential criteria
  • Experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings


Essential criteria
  • Ability to formulate and work therapeutically with complex patients using a variety of therapeutic approaches

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Aileen Thomson
Job title
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
0300 422 8552