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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/02/2020.

Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: J183-A-20-65820

Central Advertising - Other
Band 7/8a

This advertisement has been placed by the organisation named in the 'Department' section above.

Should you require further information regarding this vacancy please contact the organisation direct.

Reports to: Clinical Team Manager

Location: Wakefield – remote work also required

Start Date: April 2020 

About Oviva

Oviva is a technology-enabled healthcare provider seeking to offer the most accessible, personalised, high-quality care possible to people with health conditions related to diet such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and infant food allergy. Crucially, we embrace technology to overcome the efficiency challenges facing the NHS.

We do this by:

  • Creating unique, digitally-enabled treatment programmes for patients, delivered by dietitians supported by a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, psychological wellbeing practitioners, specialist nurses, activity experts and health coaches.
  • Offering patients access to expert advice in a time and place of their choosing, via phone, our smartphone app and online learning portal (with tailored video, audio and written learning content).

Our mission to provide the best diet & lifestyle therapy and our values are 1) to put the patient first, 2) to measure & improve, and 3) to tackle it together. We live this through our approach to care.

Our services are delivered in partnership with the NHS, supporting quality and efficiency improvements. Today we provide NHS services in 57 Clinical Commissioning Groups were recently selected for the NHS England Digital Diabetes Prevention Programme and the NHS England Innovation Accelerator. Beyond the UK we also operate in Switzerland, Germany, and France


The Role


Tier 3 specialist weight management

Oviva has been commissioned to provide the Tier 3 specialist weight management service in Wakefield and are looking for a clinical psychologist to work alongside a PWP and the rest of the clinical team. This is an exciting opportunity for a clinical psychologist to be involved in the delivery of a service incorporating a mixed clinical approach. The service offers a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team approach, combining specialist dietetics, clinical psychology as well as leveraging technology to improve patient access and outcomes.


The clinical psychology service includes providing assessment and provision of psychological therapy to patients and you will be using technology for remote tools to provide follow-up care remotely and monitor / review patient’s progress.


The successful candidate will have 2+ years of weight management and / or bariatric experience. You will be an excellent communicator and have experience in providing care remotely and using technology to assist with therapeutic goals. You must also be confident in working autonomously and able to manage your time efficiently.


Key Responsibilities


  • Delivering one to one patient care in our Wakefield clinic
  • Delivering one to one remote clinics via phone/video calls and / or using the Oviva smartphone app.
  • Assessing patients for psychological therapy as part of the weight management service; to independently select and employ appropriate assessment methods.
  • Creating individual formulations based on initial screening and assessment, drawing on own clinical expertise, psychological theory, our existing care packages, current research, and relevant guidelines, e.g. NICE.
  • Providing therapeutic input for patients identified as suitable within the Tier 3 service, alongside dietetic support.
  • Developing links and liaising with other psychological services in the area (e.g. IAPT and Eating Disorders services) as well as the psychological wellbeing practitioner on the team to ensure a seamless service experience for patients.
  • Working in a highly autonomous manner, being responsible for appropriately managing clinical risk when it arises during clinical practice, while having recourse to other professionals for guidance.
  • To maintain accurate and up-to-date clinical records and abide by internal recording guidelines.
  • Provide clinical supervision to the PWP as needed.
  • To maintain adequate CPD, receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with good practice guidelines and continue to meet HCPC and BPS registration requirements.


Our Offer


  • An exciting role with a new type of healthcare provider that values high quality patient care, improved clinical outcomes, and flexible working for our clinicians.
  • Competitive rates of pay (Band 7/8a equivalent with final salary dependent on experience) with attractive company pension scheme.
  • Opportunity to grow into a more senior role within Oviva and to support our growth and expertise in clinical psychology.
  • 25 days holiday pro rata with the option of an additional 5 days unpaid leave.


Target start date: April 2020


Person specification:




Education, qualifications and training


  • Post –graduate Doctorate Qualification in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent)
  • HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • BPS Registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.



  • Significant and demonstrable post-qualification experience of working as a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • 2+ years of weight management and / or bariatric experience
  • Experience of working with people with mental health/psychological problems in a medical setting
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients’ psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
  • Experience in working remotely and utilising technology within care

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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