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Stroke Specialist Practitioner Psychologist

Role Summary

Are you a Practitioner Psychologist who wants to pursue further experience in stroke rehabilitation? Are you keen to be part of an exciting project with potential to transform the psychological workforce and outcomes for stroke survivors in the community?  If so, this might be the post for you. This post is an ideal opportunity to further develop specialist skills you need to succeed in your role and progress your career, within an innovative Trust with research active teams and well established cross-Trust and multi-agency links. 

About the Role

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

More detail about the role

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded Stroke Catalyst Funding by NHSE to test a new psychology workforce model that interfaces with the Stroke Association and IAPT services across the Northern and Eastern Devon Stroke Pathways.  This post is an exciting opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary team providing care to patients who have had a stroke and their families. As the practitioner psychologist linked to the community stroke services, you will provide specialist psychological and neuropsychological assessment and interventions, including supervision and consultation to assistants, the stroke MDTs, stroke counsellors and IAPT staff. You will also contribute to service development and overall service evaluation.

The post will be fully supported and supervised by Consultant and Principal Clinical Psychologists with expertise in neuro-rehabilitation. Additional professional links will be facilitated into the Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology Services network that provides input to Northern and Eastern Devon.

This role requires one post-holder to be based at the North Devon District Hospital and another post-holder at Heavitree Hospital, Exeter.

Applicants should ideally have experience of working in community-based clinical health psychology and neuropsychology services. However we also welcome applications from practitioner psychologists with experience in other service areas who wish to develop skills in stroke rehabilitation. Experience of teaching and training is also important, as is the ability to communicate clearly psychological concepts to others.

Training and Development are in high supply here, whether you are interested in clinical or leadership development courses we'll support you in finding the best way to grow. We actively encourage CPD and you will have an opportunity to spend time with our range of specialists as part of your CPD.  The post would be of interest to applicants may want to consider working towards the British Psychological Society accredited Post graduate Diploma Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Innovation is central to the stroke and neuro-rehabilitation services at the trust, demonstrated by the implementation of several new initiatives and the development of non-traditional roles in recent years including a Research and Innovation Lead, Consultant AHPs, ACP and FCP roles. This Catalyst pilot project is a further example of innovation that will address the psychological needs of stroke survivors and their families alongside the existing multi-disciplinary teams to maximise clinical outcomes and secure cost-savings in overall service delivery. The service will be fully evaluated to inform future service development and business cases.

Working Pattern: Up to 37.5 hours per week. A healthy work-life balance is essential, and Devon is a great place to enjoy it. There are 2 posts available: one based in the Northern stroke team, and the other in the Eastern stroke team.  The role will cover weekdays, and full and part-time working will be considered.  We have a flexible working policy that we are happy to discuss to establish suitable options for you and the department.

Interview Date: Week commencing 26th June 2023

For further information please contact Emma Cork, Consultant AHP and Phil Yates, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

This is a fixed term contract for 12 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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