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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Band 8A

Main area
Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Health Psychology Service
Band 8A
Part time 22.5 hours per week
Job ref
Wansbeck / North Tyneside General Hospital but to cover Trustwide
£42,414 - £49,969 pro rata per annum
28/02/2019 23:59

We are one of the country’s top performing NHS Foundation Trusts, looking after the wellbeing of around half a million people across Northumberland and North Tyneside – one of the largest geographical areas of any NHS Trust in England.

We deliver care from 11 acute sites including an emergency care hospital, general and community hospitals, an outpatient and diagnostic centre, an elderly care unit and an integrated health and social care facility.

We are rated ‘outstanding’ overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We are one of the North East’s largest employers with 9,500 dedicated members of staff. We have a Council of Governors with 70 members, representing the public, staff and some of our external partners.

We invest heavily in staff to ensure that the best talent is attracted, developed, looked after, and retained in every area of the organisation. Staff satisfaction is high and our staff consistently rate us as one of the best places to work in the NHS.

We were one of the first NHS Trusts to receive foundation status, and have been a foundation trust for over a decade.

Candidates must read the entire ‘Applicants Guidance Notes’ before submitting any applications.

Please note that it is a requirement of this Trust that all successful applicants pay for their own DBS certification if a DBS check is required for the post.  The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first monthly pay.



This post is to be an expert resource with regard to the psychological issues in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The post holder will be expected to provide a high quality, effective clinical psychology service and to work closely alongside colleagues in the multidisciplinary team in both services.

The post will be based at Wansbeck General Hospital and North Tyneside General Hospital but the post holder may be required to work at other sites within the Trust.

Interview process will consist of Assessment Centre and formal interview with presentation.

Essential Criteria:

- Doctoral Level Training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS

- Chartered Clinical Psychologist


- Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge, through further post-qualification training/continuing professional development relevant to this post, such as completion of approved courses in specific therapeutic modalities (e.g. CBT, CAT, EMDR), clinical supervision, further training and experience in supervision/ consultation / training/ research and/or management skills

- A minimum of two years post qualification experience of highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients through supervised clinical practice in a relevant specialism

- Recent clinical experience in either Obstetrics Health Psychology, Perinatal Mental Health or primary care mental health

- Compliance with British Psychological Society requirements for continuing professional development

- Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems

- Experience of providing teaching, training, supervision and/or consultation

- Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting and effectively representing psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care

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

- Knowledge of legislation and national guidelines in relation to the client group and mental health


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Lainey Fraser, Service Lead, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Health Psychology. Wansbeck Hospital Ashington Tel: 01670 564095

Closing Date: 28th February 2019

If you have problems applying, contact

0191 203 1415 option 2