Band 8B Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist (Neuropsychology)

Job Title: Band 8B Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist (Neuropsychology)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Belfast
Salary: £48k - £60k
Job Published: October 29, 2019 15:59

Job Description

Band 8B Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist (Neuropsychology)

Location: Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Directorate: Adult Social & Primary Care Services

Salary: Band 8b (£48k - £60k)

Contract Type: Permanent

Closes: Fri, 08 November 2019 @ 4:30 PM

Core Acute Neuropsychology Services (inpatient & outpatient clinics) deliver clinical and neuropsychological services to a wide range of adult (> 18) clients who have neurological disorders that do not fall within the remit of other neuropsychological subspecialties and care pathways. The post-holder will ensure the systematic provision of high quality specialist clinical and neuropsychological services to clients with neurological disorders and neurosurgical issues referred by Consultant Neurologists and Neurosurgeons to the Core Neuropsychology Service. Referrals to the service are accepted from within the Regional Neurosciences Services, and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Neurosciences services. The post-holder will work as a senior member of the Neuropsychology Team to ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist clinical neuropsychology services to these groups of clients.


  • Doctoral level training (or equivalent) in Clinical / Counselling psychology as accredited by the BPS and /or the Psychological Society of Ireland.
  • Registration or eligibility for registration with HCPC
  • Hold a current full driving license which is valid for use in the UK and have access to a car on appointment. Where disability prohibits driving, this criteria will be waived if the applicant is able to organise suitable alternative arrangements.
  • Significant post-doctoral experience demonstrated as follows:
    1. Considerable experience demonstrated working as a qualified clinical psychologist, in relevant settings and services, e.g. physical health and / or mental health services (high level of post qualification).
    2. Experience demonstrated of providing supervision (professional / clinical)
    3. Experience demonstrated of teaching and /or training
    4. Considerable experience demonstrated of working with people with neurological disorders with a range of diagnoses and severities.
    5. Experience demonstrated of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the life span and presenting with the full range of clinical severity in a range of care settings, such as inpatient, outpatient and community and neurorehabilitation settings.
    6. Experience demonstrated of being the lead clinician for an area of service or programme with responsibility for the coordination of service delivery, development and the systematic reporting of service line data.
    7. Experience demonstrated of working in a multi-disciplinary setting including experience of working in a MDT within an acute hospital OR community setting.
    8. Experience demonstrated of exercising full clinical responsibility for patient’s neuropsychological treatment, in either a uni- or multi-disciplinary setting.
    9. Experience demonstrated of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    10. Experience demonstrated of contributing psychological information, skills and knowledge to differential diagnosis OR capacity assessment OR medical treatment decision making processes.
    11. Demonstration of highly developed skills in the use of complex methods of psychological and neuropsychological assessment, intervention, and management.
    12. Demonstration of highly developed skill in the interpretation of neuropsychological assessments.
    13. Demonstration of highly developed skills in implementing at least two psychological therapeutic approaches within a neuropsychological setting


  • Highly developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and / or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to make clinical decisions around complex and emotive issues relating to people with neurological diseases and enduring mental health needs
  • Ability to maintain intense concentration for complex interaction with patients
  • Ability to sit in constrained positions for extended periods.
  • Physical dexterity required for manipulation of psychometric assessment materials and basic keyboard skills.