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Senior Clinician/Clinical Psychologist in Neurodevelopment-Autism/ADHD

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
23 Jun 2023

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We have an exciting opportunity for an appropriately qualified and experienced senior clinician (e.g. speech therapist, occupational therapist, clinical psychologist, nurse specialist) to join the school-age neurodevelopmental assessment team.

We provide high-quality, NICE compliant assessment of school-age children with atypical neurodevelopmental presentations, including possible autism, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and co-occurring intellectual disability.

The ND team is based in West Leeds and clinics are run across the city. The post will be mostly office based with some flexible home working arrangements as appropriate.

Main duties of the job

You will play a key role in delivering all aspects of neurodevelopment assessment clinics, including parental interview, structured young persons assessment and observations, MDT discussions and diagnostic decision-making, and report writing. As a senior clinician you be part of the ND leadership team, taking on additional responsibilities in the pathway. You will co-ordinate one of the clinics, offer supervision, consultation and support to colleagues from varying disciplines within and outside of the pathway.

The service is in a process of significant development as we adapt to meet the changing needs of the ND population. This will include responsibilities to support service development and improvement. This may lead to opportunities to deliver training, or offer post-assessment work in groups or individually. We support the development of staff through access to CPD training and events. You will be offered a high level of support and supervision from a senior clinician.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best lines of defence against Covid 19.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
  • 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme
  • A supportive, structured preceptorship programme for all registered new starters
  • Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
  • Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
  • Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health services

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for delivering and leading highly specialist clinical care to their own caseload and service within their speciality area. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post holder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge. They will be responsible for developing new and innovative clinical practices responding to emerging knowledge and techniques and working with other services where appropriate to make improvements.

Key Responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1. Utilises highly developed specialised knowledge covering a range of procedures and underpinned by relevant broad based knowledge, experience and competence

1.2. Where appropriate to service delivery, demonstrates highly developed physical skills requiring accuracy and dexterity e.g. moving and handling techniques, clinical procedures, diagnostic tests

1.3. Demonstrates independent practice responding to social, scientific, clinical and ethical issues which are encountered

1.4. Makes complex judgements requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of options by integrating complex knowledge sources in new and/or unfamiliar contexts

1.5. Responsible for clinical pathways appropriate to field of work

1.6. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of self care and empowerment

1.7. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a highly specialist standard

1.8. Prioritises their own workload and that of the wider team within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.9. Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.10. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all aspects of role including the management of complaints and compliments.

1.11. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional qualification/ accreditation (e.g. Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, Specialist Nurse)
  • Appropriate statutory professional registration as a practicing clinician (e.g. HCPC, NMR)


  • Additional Specific Training relevant to job role e.g. ADOS, ADI, Qb
  • Post qualification training in related areas (e.g. Childrens mental health, developmental trauma, child development)
  • Supervisor training
  • Leadership and management training/ qualification

Skills and Attributes


  • Performs highly specialised tests / procedures / diagnostics relevant to clinical role (e.g. cognitive assessment, highly specialised speech and language therapy assessment)
  • Highly specialist assessment, planning, treatment and evaluation skills appropriate to clinical area
  • Highly complex analytical and creative problem-solving skills in unpredictable situations, synthesising a variety of evidence and presenting this in a relevant format e.g. report presentation
  • Advanced verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex or potentially distressing information to patients / carers and managing conflict when appropriate
  • Reflective practice skills able to give clear and effective feedback and support others to develop
  • Workload management including delegation of tasks and day-to-day team leadership
  • Competent IT skills in order to collect and interpret data, present reports and compile presentations in a range of contexts


  • Develop and lead clinical audit within clinical area
  • Lead / contribute to research activities and service development relevant to clinical area
  • Understanding of clinical governance framework relevant to the service area



  • Experience of working in area of neurodevelopmental assessment in the presence of complexity (e.g. when co-existing issues are present including developmental trauma, significant mental health issues, learning disability)
  • Experience of assessing and working with mental health and safeguarding risk
  • Experience in the supervision of other staff
  • Experience in the teaching and training of others in a variety of settings e.g. clinical, academic


  • Experience of consultation with other staff/ teams/ services
  • Experience in the teaching and training of others in a variety of settings e.g. clinical, academic

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Kirkstall Health Clinic

15 Morris Lane



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