Clinical Psychologist

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year PER ANNUM
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Clinical Health Psychology Department at Alder Hey Children's Hospital are looking to recruit to a Band 7 post for Clinical Psychologists and Mental Health Practitioners with relevant therapeutic qualifications and experience (e.g. CBT/systemic family therapy). The post holder will have the opportunity to work across a range of surgical and medical specialties and will be welcomed into a supportive and innovative team.

Applicants should hold the relevant professional qualifications and demonstrate a range of skills and expertise. Experience of working in a health setting (in-patient and out-patient) with individuals with long-term health conditions will be welcomed. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development. We are planning to interview the week commencing 19th June 2023.

Please contact Dr Emma Twigg or Dr Vicky Gray (Consultant Clinical Psychologists) to discuss further on (0151) 2525586. Candidates interested in either a full-time or part-time position will be considered.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of Clinical Health Psychology team to provide psychological support to young people with acute and chronic health needs and their families. To provide highly specialist paediatric psychological and neuropsychological assessment at the same time as offering advice and consultation on the psychological care of children and families to non-psychologist colleagues in health and other agencies. This will involve being clinically responsible for complex therapeutic, and risk management work with clients who may be highly vulnerable, at risk, suicidal or aggressive. This work to be undertaken autonomously within the professional guidelines and overall frame work of the services policies and procedures. To be regularly responsible for providing training placements for trainee Clinical Psychologists. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the service. To collaboratively identify service priorities and take the lead on agreed elements of service development and delivery.

About us

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest and busiest children's hospitals in Europe. The Trust has a world class reputation for providing general and specialist health care for children and a proud history of achievement and clinical innovation. As part of the Medicine Division, Clinical Health Psychology is a hospital-based mental health service providing psychological support to patients and their families experiencing emotional difficulties in relation to acute trauma, chronic health conditions and/or its treatment. We work closely with our multi-disciplinary colleagues and in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local authorities, other agencies, voluntary organisations, carers and users of our services. We have strong links with the Clinical Psychology doctoral training courses in the North West.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See job description for full details - main clinical responsibilities below:

To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of children and families referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured observations and semi-structured interviews with children, adolescents, family members and others involved in childrens and young peoples care.

To make judgements involving highly complex facts which require analysis, interpretation and comparison to a range of options. To formulate and implement plans of specialist psychological treatment and/or management of children and young peoples mental health problems, based on an appropriate multi-factorial and multi-theoretical psychological understanding of the individual and/or familys problems and employing methods based upon current evidence-based practice, across the full range of care settings.

To be responsible for undertaking a range of psychological therapeutic interventions employed individually and in synthesis with individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors regarding historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise autonomous professional judgement and responsibility for the psychological management of children and families including assessment, formulation, intervention, discharge and effective communication of these plans with referrers and other multi-agency professionals involved in the care of the child and family on a regular basis.

To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to the multi-disciplinary formulation of appropriate therapeutic approaches or intervention plans, and be involved in, or oversee and co-ordinate specialist psychological aspects of their implementation in collaboration with other staff.

To undertake psychologically based risk assessment and management for individual children and families and to provide advice on the psychological aspects of risk assessment and management to other professions.

To provide and receive in a skilled and sensitive manner, highly complex, sensitive and sometimes contentious information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans to children and families in an empathic and supportive way, using the highest levels of interpersonal skills in situations which could be highly emotive and sometimes antagonistic.

To effectively monitor the progress of both uni- and multi-disciplinary interventions

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the HPCP.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant demonstrable experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and possible physical aggression.
  • Experience of working within a paediatric setting with children and families addressing psychological issues arising from chronic physical health conditions and/or their treatment.
  • Attended a formal training programme in supervision of trainee Clinical Psychologist
  • Experience of teaching, training and / or supervision of Assistants or other professionals.

Skills and Abilities


  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to young people, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

Other Requirements


  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

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