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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 10/08/2020.

Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 317-2020-29-038

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Psychology - CFS Rehabilitation
317 Molineux Street NHS Centre
£45,753 - £51,668 pro rata per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 14,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Clinical Psychologist to join our innovative and Supportive Clinical Health Psychology department on a fixed term contract for 12 months from appointment date.

This post has been funded as maternity cover and we are looking for a Clinical Psychologist to join both the Multispecialty Team at the RVI and the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Multi-disciplinary Therapy Team based at Molineux Street NHS Centre (the post is split between both teams).

The Multispecialty Team works into the larger Psychology in Healthcare department at the RVI (covering both the RVI and Freeman hospitals). The team works with patients with a wide range of acute and chronic health conditions across multiple specialities within both hospitals. The service is busy and the role is varied. Psychology is valued by the hospital care teams who refer to the service. There will be opportunities to work with both inpatients and outpatients in an acute physical health hospital setting ensuring good standards of psychological care. Clinical work will involve working with a range of emotional difficulties affecting management of people’s physical health and can also include assessments relating to treatment or surgery. There are opportunities to be involved in teaching and training and delivery of psychoeducation interventions.

The North of Tyne CFS/ME therapy team is part time and consists of a Team Leader (Consultant Clinical Psychologist), CFS Specialist Physiotherapists x 2, CBT Therapist, 8a Clinical Psychologist (this vacancy), Low Intensity Mental Health Worker and a Secretary. The service is part of the long term conditions faculty within the wider Psychology in Healthcare Service. The Therapy Team provides an exciting opportunity for a clinical psychologist to provide a clinical psychology service along with the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, to people who are struggling with the psychological impact of CFS/ME. Interventions will be one to one and group work.

As a member of the CFS multidisciplinary therapy team the applicant will hold an individual caseload as well as offering clinical supervision on an individual basis and at MDT clinical team meetings. The applicant will be expected to understand the diagnostic criteria for CFS/ME. The applicant will be expected to be able to screen for co-morbid mental health issues which may exclude a diagnosis of CFS and the appropriateness for CFS/ME psychological or physiotherapist intervention using a standard MDT initial assessment tool. The assessor will make recommendations at the weekly clinical team meeting for the patient’s further therapy needs, which may include further professional specific assessment and recommendations for appropriate clinical interventions.

We are looking for someone with experience of working in physical health and with long term conditions. The applicant will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the clinical psychologist’s role in physical health, CFS/ME and medically unexplained conditions. Additionally, they will be able to demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the complexities of using psychological models in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The CFS service uses evidence-based CBT or GET, and the applicant will be expected to be able to demonstrate an understanding of recent research in this area and evidence of best practice. The applicant would be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the role of other professional groups working in the CFS area.

The successful candidate will be managed within the Multispecialty team and receive supervision within both the Multispecialty team and CFS service. The appointee to the post will become a member of a large and supportive clinical psychology service and will have good support as well as opportunities to further develop skills and experience. The service has close links with the Doctorate Course in Clinical Psychology at Newcastle University.

For further information about the role, please contact Dr Penny Wilmott, Clinical Psychologist (Multispecialty Team) on 0191 2824081 or Dr Angela Kelly, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome therapy team) on 0191 213 8823 or e-mail: to arrange a telephone conversation.

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