Offerd Salary:£41,659 - £47,672
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Contract Type:Fixed term: 24 month
Working Time:Part time
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Play Therapist Band 7

Main area

Child Clinical Psychology


Band 7


Fixed term: 24 months


Part time - 15 hours per week

Job ref



Southampton General Hospital




£41,659 - £47,672 pa pro rata

Salary period



24/11/2022 23:59
Job overview

We are delighted to be seeking a part-time (0.4wte) Play Therapist to join the team in the Paediatric Oncology psychology service in Southampton. Thanks to the generous support of Abby's Heroes, this newly created role will work closely with the Clinical Psychologists working in Oncology and Neuro-oncology to help children and their families who are receiving (or have received) treatment for cancer and leukaemia.

You will liaise closely with the wider psychosocial team within the hospital to provide the best therapeutic care, and will join a friendly and supportive psychology team consisting of Clinical Psychologists, a Counsellor, Trainees, Assistants and Admin staff. We are a friendly team, who place a strong emphasis on self-care and on supporting one another. This provides us with a strong foundation from which we can give our best to the children and families we meet, as well as to our multidisciplinary colleagues.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities What you'll do

The post-holder will provide direct evidence-based assessments and interventions to children and young people referred to the psychology service. The post-holder will also be working indirectly, offering advice and consultation to other members of the team, in order to further the team's understanding of the benefits of play therapy. The post-holder will also be expected to promote clinical effectiveness by making use of appropriate routine outcome measures, and evaluating the impact of this new service.

What we're looking for

Psychological input is highly valued by the multidisciplinary team, and we are looking for candidates who have experience of working with children and families undergoing treatment for acute and/or chronic conditions and who have enthusiasm for collaborative working.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 06 December 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • Post graduate training at Diploma or Masters level in Play Therapy
  • Registration with either the British Association of Play Therapists or Play Therapy UK and adherence to the Ethical Basis for good practice in Play Therapy as a condition of continued registration
  • Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of relevant Continuing Professional Development relevant to the specialty of working with children with life-limiting/life-threatening illness and their families
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Experience related to the provision of psychological care and interventions to children and young people and their families
  • Experience related to working with children and families who have been bereaved of a child/sibling
  • Experience of working in an acute paediatric setting and/or experience of working with children and families experiencing issues related to managing difference, loss, bereavement, long term medical needs, severe illness or injury
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Expert knowledge and skills to work competently and effectively with highly complex cases referred into the service
  • Excellent communication skills – oral, written and non-verbal
  • Caseload management skills and time management
  • IT skills to a level required to work regularly with Microsoft Office packages and local specialist packages as required
  • Ability to deliver presentations and teaching sessions to a range of different professionals
  • Ability to undertake research/audit/service evaluation and implement findings into evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation in relation to children and young people with mental health problems and complex emotional and behavioural difficulties, to include understanding of own role in safeguarding and child protection
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Understanding of infection control procedures
  • Understanding health and safety responsibilities
  • Good understanding of the meaning of clinical supervision/reflective practice and its benefits
  • Experience of working within a multi cultural framework
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Ability to travel between clinic location and hospital to attend meetings and integrate with both the psychology and oncology teams
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

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    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

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    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

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    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.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 644.5KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 214.2KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Dr Amy Savage

    Job title

    Clinical Psychologist

    Email address

    Telephone number

    07584 522221

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    Alternative phone number: 023 8120 4657

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