Band 8b Principle Clinical Psychologist

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Job summary

We are looking for a Principle Clinical Psychologist to join the Specialist Assessment Service in Solihull.

The team provides assessment and diagnosis services for Children with complex neuro-developmental difficulties including the possibility of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

This post offers the opportunity to work as part of 2 highly specialist and experienced multi disciplinary teams with children up to 18 years of age and their families.

You will ensure the maintenance of standards within the psychology discipline group, take responsibility for supervision of other psychology colleagues and facilitate service developments within the specialist assessment service.

In addition there are opportunities for development of psychology leadership skills, audit and research and to be involved in the extension and further development of children's community therapy services within Solihull.

This post is based at Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre, with access to both clinic and office space, along with car parking on site.

For further information please contact Claire Howell, Clinical Team Lead ( or telephone 0121 722 8010.

Main duties of the job

*To provide leadership for the Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologist, Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist working within the SAS advising the clinical lead of all matters arising.

*To take the lead role in coordinating multi-disciplinary assessments and assessment planning and to deliver a diagnosis to children and families when appropriate

*To have an advanced knowledge of ASD and how this can present in children/young people.

*To have developed knowledge of other conditions including neurodevelopmental, genetic, learning and mental health needs that impact on a child's strengths and areas of need. To be able to differentiate between these and an ASD presentation.

*To deputise for the Clinical Lead of the service as requested.

*To support the Clinical lead in the planning, development and evaluation of the service

*To provide clinical expertise and advice on psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy related matters within the service.

*To operationally co-ordinate designated staff performance through supervision, appraisal and training.

*To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of professional practice.

*To utilise skills for audit, policy and service development and research taking responsibility for aspects of service development through audit.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can;Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity; removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a specific detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Doctorate qualification in own field of expertise.
  • HCPC registration in own clinical speciality
  • Training in the supervision of others
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder clinical diagnostic developments.
  • To identify own training needs seeking out and attending appropriate training when it is available.
  • To provide training, advice and support for less experienced psychologists and actively participate and contribute to CPD within the team.
  • To comply with HCPC guidelines and maintain a portfolio reflecting personal and professional development.
  • To keep own knowledge and practice up to date using information from a wide range of sources.



  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups and presenting problems including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Teaching, training and delivering clinical supervision.
  • Experience of creating and delivering presentations and training programmes in line with specialist knowledge.
  • Experience of working with children aged 0-18 years and with children with complex additional needs
  • Post qualification experience of a minimum of 5 years working with children with complex needs.
  • Experience of a wide range of young people and families presenting with high levels of complexity and difficulty.
  • Detailed working knowledge of child development
  • Minimum of 5 years clinical experience of working within a multi-disciplinary, multiagency context. (3 years of this should be post doctoral qualification)
  • Experience of delivering potentially distressing information to parents/carers/families.
  • Experience of working with families from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience of using a wide range of profession specific tests.

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