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COVID-19 Vacancy Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 7-8a

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NHS AfC: Band 7-8a
Part time - 18.75 hours per week
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Lister General Hospital
£41,659 - £54,619 per annum pro rata
Salary period
30/01/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 0.5wte Clinical Psychologist at  Lister General Hospital (LGH), within the mental health liaison services. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a cutting edge service that has an excellent reputation within the trust and general hospitals.  Psychology is highly valued by both the MHLT and general hospital wards/ specialities and is seen as a core component of service provision.

The Mental Health Liaison Service is a National initiative aimed at integrating physical and mental health care for people attending the general hospital. This is a great time to join the service as there is huge local and government focus on integrated care and psychology is seen as an integral element of this agenda.

Main duties of the job

The post holder/s will mainly focus on provision of highly specialist assessment and intervention within a physical health context including provision of psychology to a number of specialities, e.g. gastroenterology, diabetes, respiratory, dementia/frailty, and pain whilst also focusing on supporting the team with secondary care mental health presentations e.g. complex personality disorder. This includes inpatient general hospital ward based activity and outpatient clinics, including opportunities for short-medium term therapy contracts. In addition, there is huge opportunity to engage in service development initiatives, provide teaching/training and consultation.

As the remit of the service is wide there is scope for the post holder/s to develop specific areas of specialism and expertise and to develop and follow their own initiatives. Examples of liaison initiatives include projects focused on reducing frequent attenders to the A&E department based on a consultation model, group programmes for Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS), reflection work with general hospital staff and proactive psychological support for individuals at risk of lengthy hospital admissions. Support will be provided for evaluation and publication of these initiatives.  There is a keen focus on supervision, personal development (the successful applicant would be supported to access training opportunities) and peer support opportunities.


Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Whilst it is a challenging period for the NHS, there has never been a more exciting time to join HPFT following our CQC rating of Outstanding awarded to us in April 2019. We are on our “Good to Great” journey as we continue to innovate, improve, transform and ultimately deliver the very highest standards of care to the service users and communities that we serve.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please review the JD and PS for detailed information about the post. 

The post/s would suit individuals wishing to work in a fast paced, energetic and creative mental health field at the cutting edge of integrated care. Experience in integrated care and physical health presentations, or experience in working with older people and frailty, will be a distinct advantage.  However, we would also welcome applications from clinical/counselling psychologists aspiring to move fields or to expand their Clinical Health Psychology knowledge and skills. As a result it is not a requirement that candidates have prior experience of mental health liaison and we will consider applicants from a wide range of fields able to demonstrate transferable skills and competencies.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Relevant professional qualification
  • Professional qualification doctoral level or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in Mental Health Liason services


Essential criteria
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups
  • Knowledge of and some experience of cognitive and neuropsychological assessment
  • Knowledge of dementia and psychological issues associated with ageing
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one evidence based psycholgocial therapty
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of physical illness and impacts of psycholgocial health

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Ikbal Kaur Bahia
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Consultant Clinical Psychologist
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