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Clinical Psychology
Band 4
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Employer type
Stoke Mandeville
£22,549 - £24,882 per annum
Salary period
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COVID-19 Vacancy Assistant Psychologist

Band 4

Be part of our BHT family

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) is an integrated provider of acute hospital and community services for people living in Buckinghamshire and the surrounding area.

We care for over half a million patients every year:

  • provide specialist spinal services at our world renowned National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the birthplace of the Paralympics
  • nationally recognised for urology and skin cancer services
  • regional specialist centre for burns, plastic surgery, dermatology, stroke and cardiac services
  • deliver community services in health centres, schools, patients’ own homes, community hospitals and community hubs.

More than 6,000 people from different nations, cultures and backgrounds work for us.

We pride ourselves in being a great place to work – and invite you to join our BHT family.


Job overview

An opportunity has arisen in our Trust for an assistant psychologist wishing to work within an adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and also in a  paediatric setting (children and YP with long covid and diabetes).  You would be supporting the clinical activities of the two clinical psychology services, that provide care and treatment for adults during and following a stay in ICU and for children who are seen in the diabetes service of the long covid clinic.  There would be the opportunity for interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary working, and you would receive weekly supervision from a Clinical Psychologist.

Main duties of the job

This post will be split between the Critical Care Service (0.6 wte) and the Paediatric Service (0.4 wte).  As a member of the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) Psychology Service, the post holder will be involved in i) developing the clinical psychology ICU service for adult patients and their families, ii) initiatives to support the staff working in the Intensive Care Unit, iii) assist with the paediatric  psychology service to diabetes and iv) possibly audit of the newly established Young Person’s Long Covid Clinic.

The post holder will work under the supervision of the ICU clinical psychologist and the Long Covid Paediatric Clinical Psychologist and will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the services.

The role will vary between MS Teams and working in-person.

Working for our organisation

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What does Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust offer you?

  • As part of our BHT family, you’ll benefit from learning and development opportunities to support your career progression.
  • We offer flexible and agile working opportunities, alongside your NHS benefits of generous annual leave entitlement, pension and access to NHS discount schemes.  
  • We provide a range of health and wellbeing services to promote a healthy, happy workforce.

 Why work for us?

  • We’re committed to promoting inclusion and making sure all colleagues feel they belong. We encourage new colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.
  • As an employer, we aim to create a workplace where differences are valued and colleagues treat one another with dignity and respect.
  • Greater diversity within our BHT family improves positive outcomes for the people and communities we serve. 

What do we stand for?

  • Our vision is to provide outstanding care, support healthy communities and be a great place to work.
  • Our mission is to provide personal and compassionate care every time.
  • Our CARE values are collaborate, aspire, respect and enable.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For a comprehensive list of responsibilities and duties, please kindly refer to the Job Description and Person Specification by downloading the JD and PS attachment in the advert.

If you are an internal applicant there is the option for secondment, all applicants must have the endorsement/support of their line manager prior to application.

Person specification

Education, Qualfications and Training

Essential criteria
  • A degree in psychology which provides a graduate basis for registration of the British Psychological Society.
  • Must hold a full UK driving licence and have access to vehicle for use during work hours
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working to a demanding schedule and capable of completing and finishing tasks.
  • Experience of working with children and young people.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working previously as an Assistant Psychologist would be desirable.

Skills, Ability, Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • High level communication skills (written and verbal), including ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive.
  • Capable of working productively as a team member and ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to patients and carers.
  • Understanding of psychology applied to healthcare
  • Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently.
  • Be able to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively.
  • Knowledge of computer statistical packages and word processing including knowledge of Excel, Access and SPSS a positive advantage

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

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 Imogen Cotter
Job title
Clinical Psychologist
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