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Clinical Psychologist - Brain Injury - Band 7


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Clinical Health Psychology Dept
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
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£40,057 - £45,839 per annum
Salary period
21/08/2022 23:59

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

This permanent, part-time (22.5 hrs) band 7 Clinical Psychologist position would suit someone looking to develop their skills in neuro-rehabilitation. We welcome applications from newly qualified and soon-to-qualify psychologists.

The post-holder will be part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team in which psychology is well-established. The post involves providing an outpatient service to patients with acquired brain injury, including cognitive assessment/rehabilitation alongside therapeutic input. The work is varied with regular opportunities for joint working; this post would suit someone who enjoys working closely with a team. The team includes two Clinical Psychologists, and specialist neuropsychology supervision is available.

The post-holder will also be part of a large and friendly Clinical Health Psychology Department. Other sessions currently available in this department could be added to this post. If this is of interest, please indicate this on your application form.

Main duties of the job

Our Clinical Psychologist post involves:

· Undertaking specialist neuropsychological assessments to inform rehabilitation.

· Psychological assessment and interventions to support mood and adjustment

· Adapting clinical and therapeutic approaches to accommodate cognitive changes as a result of brain injury.

· Linking-in and working alongside other providers such as charitable agencies, care and educational staff and other health services and staff.

· Providing indirect clinical interventions including training and consultation.

· Using knowledge and skills to identify and implement audit, research and service development work as the opportunities arise.

· Being involved in the continued professional development and supervision of roles such as Assistant Psychologists and placement students.

Working for our organisation

Gloucestershire Brain Injury Team is a well-established team providing inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Our friendly and supportive team has a wealth of experience and readily shares new learning.

Within the Clinical Health Psychology Department, the post-holder will join seven other psychologists delivering services to Neurological Rehabilitation, spanning older adults, patients with neurological problems and acquired brain injury.

We can offer you:

· an innovative and well organised environment

· varied working with a supportive multi-disciplinary team

· contact with a range of applied psychologists – all under the same roof

· supportive colleagues, excellent peer support and supervision, informal and relaxed atmosphere

· We encourage enquiries and informal visits prior to application

· Informal enquiries to Dr Andy Champion (Clinical Psychologist) on 0300 422 8115, ( or Dr Fiona Laver (Clinical Psychologist) on 0300 422 8111 (

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

5. Key result areas:


· Direct clinical intervention through the application of a range of psychological theories and models to analyse, understand and interpret complex situations and behaviours in order to formulate solutions and treatment which is tailored to individuals needs. This requires the capacity to engage in intense concentration for prolonged periods of time.

· Although the postholder acts autonomously and is professionally accountable for their own practice, in common with all clinical psychologists, receives regular clinical supervision in accordance with good practice guidelines.

· Being referred the most complex cases for which standard therapeutic approaches may not be appropriate and which other colleagues cannot deal with. For example, brain injured patients who have significant barriers to communication, sensory loss and cognitive difficulties.

· Effective communication of highly complex, contentious, delicate and often unwelcome information to patients, families and colleagues, within a highly emotive atmosphere, in a rapidly changing context. This involves working alone with patients who may be in a highly emotional or distressed state and could present with physically and verbally challenging behaviour (and assessing and managing patients with sensory and/or cognitive impairment). This requires a high level of interpersonal and communication skills. This may require confronting rigidly held unrealistic beliefs and expectations.

· Provide specialised advice and consultation on care, therapy, and psychological aspects of physical health to multidisciplinary teams, staff groups, patients and carers. This may involve such things as motivating patients who lack insight into their difficulties.

· Respond to requests for consultation on staff and organisational issues

· Responsibility for managing own time, planning of patient’s clinics and patient/carer groups. Organising the workload of doctoral clinical psychology trainees and psychology assistants.

· Use of neuropsychological/psychometric assessment tools requiring dexterity, speed and accuracy. Interpretation of assessment results, requiring the use of analytical and reasoning skills. This will involve considering complex inter-related issues, such as possible effects of on-going treatment, physical health, mood and anxiety levels.

Policy and Service Development

· Implement policies and service developments in line with government directives.

· Identify service needs, setting up new initiatives which will enhance patient care outcomes.


· Clinical supervision of doctoral clinical psychology trainees.

See attached job description

Person specification

Qualifications/ Experience

Essential criteria
  • Post-graduate degree in clinical psychology
  • Eligible for membership of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology and for BPS chartered status
  • Experience of neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation
  • Experience with a variety of clinical assessments and interventions. Experience of neuropsychological assessment and interpretation.
  • Experience of neuro-rehabilitation including using neuropsychological assessment therapeutically
  • Formulate and work therapeutically with complex patients using a variety of therapeutic approaches
  • Work and maintain judgement under pressure whilst effectively managing own and others time.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in hospital ward settings.

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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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Andy Champion
Job title
Clinical Psychologist
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