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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/05/2022.

Specialist Clinical Psychologist/ Counselling Psychologist

Job Reference: 449-APC523

Solent NHS Trust
Chronic Pain MSK Service, Primary Care and Long-Term Conditions
St Mary's Community Health Campus
£40,057- £45,839 p.a pro rata

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

An opportunity for a clinical or counselling psychologist to join Solent NHS Trust, a provider of high quality chronic pain management services for patients in the Southampton, South East Hampshire, Fareham & Gosport and Portsmouth CCG's. We also provide a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME service and Long Covid pathway in Portsmouth, thus providing a variety of treatment pathways where future opportunities to provide psychological input may arise.

Successful applicants would join a multidisciplinary team comprising psychologists, physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors. This offers learning and exposure to combined treatment planning. We have a group of psychologists of all grades, up to Consultant Psychologist level, embedded within these interdisciplinary teams. We offer Pain Management Programmes and one to one treatment options. We have strong links with the MSK department and local hospital specialties.

What staff say about our service: the most supportive team I have ever worked in”, “I enjoy coming to work”, “I feel appreciated” and “our team is very connected”.

All new recruits are provided with a full induction and training to deliver group programmes using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. As a wider service we offer regular education, training and supervision. The Trust has a strong research department and we continually undertake audit and service evaluations and would be interested to develop further research opportunities. We have links with the University of Southampton Doctoral Training Programme and regularly offer undergraduate student placements to students from the University of Surrey and the University of Portsmouth. We have an active pool of ex-patients who volunteer and offer additional support within our services. Opportunities exist to assist in supporting this work and developing it.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the service have transformed to digital platforms enabling continued service delivery virtually. A proportion of face to face contacts have continued on a case by case basis enabling accessibility whilst maintaining safety. All sites have undergone strict risk assessments maintaining safer working conditions and practice in line with government guidelines. We are currently reviewing a return to offering more face to face work.

For further information, please contact Dr Deborah Joy (Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead) or Dr Rhona McGurk (Clinical Psychologist and Deputy Clinical Lead) or Catherine Heather (Operational Lead)


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Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation – guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

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