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Macmillan Clinical Psychologist Principle

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

Do you have a desire to innovate and a passion for making a positive impact on the lives of those with cancer and their families and carers, by promoting psychological health and well-being?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an innovative and experienced Clinical Psychologist to lead, develop and implement a highly specialist Psychology service,  which will complement the current established counselling service available to those known to cancer services at the northern site of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

This is a new pilot service, funded by Macmillan, to enhance patients' clinical, functional and well-being outcomes, as well as improving patient experience.

The post holder will be part of a newly formed Macmillan Allied Health Professional team comprising of a Dietitian, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Cancer Care Support Workers and will work alongside the cancer services senior team in the development and ongoing quality assurance of the service, undertaking evaluation and audit to support proof of concept for sustainability of the post after the 18 months fixed term.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More details about this role:

The overarching aims of this role, over the 18-month pilot, are to undertake a comprehensive scoping review and ascertain where specialist psychology input and advice is indicated and would be beneficial for those at each stage of the cancer pathways, and those who care for them.

The post holder will develop and establish a specialist psychology service which will complement the current established counselling service available to patients at North Devon District Hospital (NDDH). It is anticipated this service will support those in hospital as well as outpatients.

The post holder will lead and provide day to day managerial support to the newly funded Macmillan AHP team and work closely with all members to enhance the provision of cancer rehabilitation and personalised care for those with cancer known to the northern services of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation trust, formally known as Northern Devon Healthcare NHS trust.

They will also lead the team with a full-service evaluation and towards the end of the pilot period will work closely with the senior members of the Cancer services team to complete a report, the outcome of which will be used to support future business cases with the hope of substantive funding for the Macmillan AHP team, from the trust.

This post is supported and funded by Macmillan and there are many benefits of being a Macmillan professional; you’ll be provided with learning opportunities, networking events and grants to support you in your role. This includes

  • Learning and development events
  • Digital learning and information resources
  • Grants for learning and development and grants for people affected by cancer who the post holder supports
  • Access to free information, tool kits and resources to support them in their role, as well as quality information for people affected by cancer and how they can get involved with Macmillan.

Working Pattern: 30 Hours per week

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Heather Gilmore, Cancer Transformation Manager via email at or Rebecca Stuckey, Lead Cancer Nurse via email at   

This is a fixed term contract for 18 months. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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