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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/02/2020.

Head of Psychology - Band 8d

Job Reference: 318-20-R4828JH

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Health Psychology
£73,936 to £86,687 pa pr

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.

Due to the retirement of the current post holder we are looking for an experienced Psychologist to lead our highly regarded Psychology Service.

We have highly specialist clinicians working in a variety of teams delivering services such as Brain Injury, Chronic Fatigue, Neurology and General Old Age Medicine, Pain Management, Specialist Weight Management, Cancer, Palliative Care & Haematology, Paediatric Diabetes, Renal and Staff Support.

Services are delivered for inpatients from two large acute hospitals in Gloucester and Cheltenham. With outpatient activity being focused more from the Gloucester site.

We are working with Gloucestershire Commissioners and community colleagues towards a vision of “One Gloucestershire” and making Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust an exciting place to work. 

We are looking for someone with a progressive mind-set and a clear sense of direction and the ability to articulate their vision regarding service development. You will be a registered Psychologist qualified to post-doctoral level in clinical psychology; with a range of experience and a proven track record in leadership and service development. The ability to demonstrate a high level of organisational and interpersonal skills will be essential to the post, whilst maintaining a focus on ensuring staff provide a high quality service to patients within the acute environment. You will need to respond to national strategies and look for ways to develop and enhance pathways and ways of working, whilst working closely with patients and other partners.

The Health Psychology Service sits within the Diagnostics and Specialties Division, one of four clinical Divisions. The Trust has recently been awarded a CQC rating of Good. The Trust has an active Research and Quality Improvement programme, with all staff being encouraged to take part.

The role of the successful candidate will be to provide operational management and leadership to the Psychology staff working within the Trust. You will work closely with the Lead Psychologists who will report directly to you and your manager the Divisional Director for Professional and Scientific Staff.

If you have the skills and motivation to lead and to continue to develop a successful team, then apply today.

For an informal discussion contact Nicola Turner, Divisional Director for Professional and Scientific Staff, 07771993571.

Please note that this vacancy may close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, so please apply as soon as possible if you are interested. The Recruitment Team are unable to accept any applications after the position has closed on NHS Jobs.

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If applicable for the post, all successful candidates will be required to pay for their own Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The cost will be £32 (standard checks) or £50 (enhanced checks), and will be recovered through two instalments from the candidate's salary. Please contact for further information.

The Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance. As part of the organisation's commitment to Safer Recruitment, candidates may request copies of relevant policies and procedures by contacting the Recruitment Team at

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