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Principle Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8b

Main area
Clinical Health Psychology
NHS AfC: Band 8b
Fixed term: 12 months (Until end of March 2024)
Part time - 6 sessions per week
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Royal Blackburn Hospital
£56,164 - £65,262 per annum
Salary period
13/04/2023 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

This is a great opportunity for an experienced Psychologist to provide maternity cover within an established psychology service within our critical care unit.

You will be assessing and supporting the psychological needs of our critically unwell patients whilst they are on the unit and following them up post discharge. You will be responsible for clinically supervising and supporting the development of our Trainee Associate Psychological Practitioner (TAPP). You will also be part of a close multidisciplinary team, providing psychological advice and support where required.

You will be an experienced Clinical or Health Psychologist with a good understanding of the impact of critical illness on patients and the resulting difficulties, including PTSD. You will be able to work effectively as part of our MDT on the critical care unit along with Nurses, Doctors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Dietitians.

As this is a maternity cover post, there will be a degree of flexibility and informal enquiries would be welcomed.  Please email Dr Shameem Zia, Professional Lead for Clinical Health Psychology, should you have any queries or wish to arrange an informal chat.


Main duties of the job

The postholder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the delivery of a high quality service to patients, their families and colleagues by contributing to the systematic provision of specialist psychological input to patients and their families and to these patients following their discharge from the unit.  This will be in consultation and collaboration with the Psychology Lead, Clinical Director, clinical colleagues and key stakeholders in the service. 

The postholder is to provide consultation, supervision and joint working with staff colleagues within the MDT and will support the training and development needs of the TAPP. 

The postholder will be responsible for ensuring the provision of high quality psychological assessment and interventions. Consultation and psychological advice and formulation will be provided to colleagues within the service, patients, families and other relevant parties as required. 

Working for our organisation

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. 

Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


 To communicate effectively with patients, carers and colleagues both within the MDT and other professions and areas of the trust, promoting the aims of psychological care and involving the patient and carer in all stages of treatment.

To impart often highly complex information regarding diagnosis and/or prognosis, treatment plans and expected goals in an understandable format. This may include information which is distressing or sensitive.

To communicate often highly complex information effectively to gain patient consent to assessment and treatment and ensure patient and carer involvement in every aspect and stage of their therapy, as appropriate.  To work within the legal framework with patients who are unable/incapable of giving consent.

To use appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication skills to gain co-operation with treatment, where there may be barriers to understanding.

To communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

To identify the need for and to co-ordinate and organise MDT communications.

To use advanced communication skills in leading on service developments within the specialist area, the Trust and with other organisations.

To assist in and supervise effective verbal and written communication by qualified and unqualified staff.

To communicate, as appropriate and with sensitivity using information technology.


To maintain the highest professional standards of practice through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes as agreed with the Clinical Director in conjunction with the Professional Lead.

To continue to develop the skills of a reflective practitioner by conducting regular personal audit and evaluation of clinical work and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of psychology.

To demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and personal management in order to maintain fitness to practice.

To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to the client group.

By liaison and consultation with clinicians within specialist clinical area, contribute to the development of their psychological knowledge and practice.

Be responsible for the professional and clinical supervision of assistant/graduate psychologists and their clinical work whilst on placement in the specialty.  

To be involved in the shortlisting and interviewing and selection of trainees and to contribute to their induction and professional development while on placement in Psychology services.

To received regular supervision from an appropriately qualified and experienced supervisor.

To attend and contribute to psychology service meetings for peer support, case discussion and ongoing professional and service development.

To provide clinical supervision for other Psychologists and Psychological Therapists in the service as directed by the Professional Lead.

To undergo an annual appraisal and appraise qualified and unqualified staff within the team, ensuring highest possible standard of care through a commitment to CPD

To attend mandatory training and to adhere to all Trust policies and procedures

To ensure patients provide informed consent prior to the delivery of psychotherapeutic interventions

To observe and comply with confidentiality policies at all times

To be responsible for clinical record keeping in accordance with professional & Trust guidelines, and to monitor qualified and unqualified staff documentation.


To contribute in the monitoring and development of the policies and procedures of the psychology services and to implement changes as directed by the Clinical Director with input from a Professional Lead.

To contribute to the response to current trends within the health service, both professional and nationally, ensuring full and meaningful input and effective communication of these ideas to the critical care service.

To continue to evaluate practice individually or within teams through relevant audit of professional practices and standards and implement findings as appropriate in discussion with colleagues across the health economy.  This includes presenting findings. 

To initiate, advise and contribute to strategic planning with managers and clinicians across the speciality.

Responsible for implementing relevant psychological policies for identifying new areas of psychological need within the speciality and for leading and delivering service initiatives to continually develop highly specialist clinical psychology service provision within the speciality including the development of business plans in consultation with key stakeholders.

To utilise highly developed service management and negotiating skills to optimally deliver a specialist service.

To provide information regarding clinical and non-clinical activity as per service and statutory reporting arrangements as directed by the Clinical Director and Business Manager.

To complete departmental statistics for clinical area in line with service policy as directed by the Clinical Director and Business Manager.


Responsible for managing and co-ordinating own caseload and to work within professional guidelines and ethical framework of the HCPC/ACP/BPS and the policies and procedures of the psychology services

To contribute to the delivery and implementation of the clinical governance agenda for the clinical area and for psychology services specifically.

To maintain a clinical caseload which is flexible and dependant on the needs of the clinical area and the service

To work as an integrated member of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure a co-ordinated and holistic service is delivered to achieve best clinical outcome.

To promote health and to advise regarding illness prevention

To promote patient and public involvement in psychology and to participate in research and development activity within the Critical Care Service.

To attain knowledge of audit and research methodology and to participate in research and development activity within the Critical Care Service.

Initiate and undertake complex audits to monitor and develop service provision, utilising theory and evidence based literature to continually development psychology practice across specific specialist areas.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • At least 12 Months Post Qualification experience


Essential criteria
  • Ability to supervise others


Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health


Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies with individuals with physical health problems.


Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.


Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or equivalent) as accredited by the BPS/HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology.
Desirable criteria
  • Additional post-graduate training


Essential criteria
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non -professional groups


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with cultural diversity


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working within MDT
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within Acute MDT Settings


Essential criteria
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within Critical Care or Clinical Health 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

Dr Shameem Zia
Job title
Professional Lead Clinical Health Psychology
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