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Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical\/Counselling) London

University College London Hospital

University College London Hospital London United Kingdom

2 months ago

Job overview

The Women's Health Psychological Services (WHPS) at UCLH is a highly experienced multi-professional group of psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors delivering quality psychological care in a variety of designated sub-specialities including, antenatal, postnatal, and neonatal services, reproductive medicine, paediatric and adolescent gynaecology, and gynaecological oncology. We are now looking for an enthusiastic and compassionate individual to provide assessment, consultation, and short-term interventions across some of these specialties.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder is expected to demonstrate training and experience relating to working in the NHS and with medical populations. Good capacity for maintaining clinical throughput in a high-pressure environment is required, as is the capacity for effective teamwork with medical, midwifery, nursing, and allied health professionals.

Please be advised that we will only accept applications from candidates... qualified to use the protected title of Clinical Psychologist or Counselling Psychologist or who are registered with the UKCP as psychotherapists. You will also need to be available on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Applications for split posts or job shares will be considered.

Working for our organisation

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population.

We provide academically-led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.

Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education and world-class research. We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:

University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing) National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital Eastman Dental Hospital

Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre The Hospital for Tropical DiseasesUniversity College Hospitals at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

For more information, please access the following link:

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

If you think you may be interested in this role, please contact Dr Jacqueline Doyle, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Women's Health Psychological Services, for an informal discussion in advance of your application. [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you.

Person specification

Knowledge and Qualifications

Essential criteria
• Honours degree in psychology or related disciplines, and a Doctorate and/or PhD level in clinical/counselling psychology (or equivalent doctorate level clinical training e.g. at least 4 years for psychotherapy)
• Registered Practitioner Psychologist by the HCPC to use the protected title practitioner psychologist (clinical/counselling) or UKCP for psychotherapy (evidenced by HCPC number or UKCP registry)

Desirable criteria
• Knowledge of the history of DSD services, the way in which service user activism has shaped care and of work published by the UCLH DSD MDT


Essential criteria
• Psychological practice within an NHS service, providing short term interventions to women and couples and groups
• Working with people who are socially deprived and disadvantaged, including working with interpreters
• Experience of working in a multi-professional team involving physicians, surgeons, nurses, and allied health professionals and giving psychological formulations and as part of multidisciplinary assessments and care planning.

Desirable criteria
• Working in a women's health setting in an acute Trust e.g. in obstetrics or gynaecology
• Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment with medical populations and of offering psychological preparation for complex medical or surgical treatments taking into account factors affecting decision making, current health status, emotional well-being and psychosexual functioning.
• Experience of supervising junior staff e.g. trainees, assistants

Skills & Abilities Communication

Essential criteria
• Advanced professional verbal and written communication skills with patients, carers and other health professional staff in service delivery
• Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS where information may be highly sensitive and there may be barriers to acceptance

Academic and research

Essential criteria
• Previous experience of NHS based research (including submission to HRA and local R and D) and publication process, indicating the ability to critique and conduct research/audit autonomously, with supervision as required.
• Ability to critique and evaluate scientific data and best practice clinical guidelines

Quality and service improvement

Essential criteria
• Evidence of working well in multidisciplinary teams
• Evidence of a commitment to service improvement from patients' perspectives

Information processing (IT skills)

Essential criteria
• Competent IT skills (word processing, spreadsheets, statistical packages)

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
• A high level of interpersonal and communication skills and be able to communicate effectively in a caring non-judgemental manner.
• Ability to be self-reflexive and realistically appraise own performance, accepting an offering constructive feedback
• Balanced capacity between autonomy and appropriate request for support

We are committed to ensuring that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation or is disadvantaged by requirements that cannot be justified.

UCLH recognises the benefits of flexible working for staff and has a dedicated policy which allows staff to apply for flexible working right from the beginning of employment. For more information please go to:

We offer our permanent staff an interest free season ticket loan for travel, all our staff have access tofree independent and confidential support, large retail discounts, a staff discount platform,cycle to work scheme and on-site accommodation to name a few.

Additionally, UCLH Arts and Heritage's staff wellbeing programme, Creative Comfort, offers a variety of ways to engage with the arts as a member of UCLH staff. You can try out the weekly choir, weekly art club and join the Culture Club for exclusive access to free and discounted tickets for opera, exhibitions, theatre and more.

We recognise, reward and thank colleagues by nominating them for our annual Celebrating Excellence Awards, which are funded by UCLH Charity.

We are also members of which offers discounts on high street retail stores, offers on travel deals, and also to take advantage of cash back schemes.

This vacancy may close before the current listed closing date. You are advised not to delay submitting your completed application.

Please note that all correspondence regarding your application will be via email. The emails will be sent to you and not via NHS Jobs, we encourage you to check your inbox regularly.

Please note that if you are at present in a training position on the 2016 new junior doctor's contract and are applying for a Trust doctor role your salary will not be pay protected.

You will be placed on the appropriate point of the Trust Doctor pay scale based on your previous experience.

Please note that if you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date of the advert to assume that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion.

The Trust uses electronic new starter forms on Trac to collect personal details. Information collected is securely stored and used to set up the employee record on the ESR HR system.

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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
London UK

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