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Band 8a Clinical/Educational Psychologist-Development Opportunity

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Job summary

We are looking for a 1 WTE clinical/educational psychologist to join the multi-agency team providing services for Children with neuro-developmental needs including the possibility of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their families.

Banding of the post offered will depend on experience.

This is a new opportunity to join the team in a preceptorship/development role as a Band 7 with the progression within post towards a Band 8a role, or alternatively the post holder may join the team in a band 8a role if previous experience supports this.

This dynamic and exciting post offers the opportunity to work as part of a multi agency team with children up to 18 years of age. The team consists of Clinical and Educational Psychologists, Paediatricians, a Psychiatrist, Child Psychotherapist, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Specialist Health Visitor working within this specialist service. There are currently 4 substantive psychology posts in the team.

The service is commissioned and delivered separately from the local CAMHS (SOLAR).

The post holder will be responsible for assessment, differential diagnosis and advice being offered to children and their families within a strong and supportive service structure.

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) on 0121 722 8010.

Main duties of the job

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

*To provide psychological diagnostic assessment, interventions, management and advice using highly specialist advanced skills and knowledge for a caseload of children with complex developmental difficulties including the possibility of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

*To support the Lead Psychologist and the Clinical lead in the planning, development and evaluation of the service with allocated responsibilities according to skill set.

*To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist service to children and their families aged between 0-18 years presenting with neurodevelopmental disorders including the possibility of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

*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.

*To provide advice support and training to other members of the multi disciplinary team.

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 detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree, Clinical/Educational Psychology Post Graduate Doctorate Qualification,CPD, clinical supervision of practice.
  • HCPC registration in own speciality



  • Experience of working with children and young people aged 0-18 years.
  • Experience of working with a wide range of young people and families presenting with high levels of complexity and difficulty, including mental health needs, acute/chronic health difficulties, communication and relationship difficulties and emotional difficulties.
  • Experience of working with children/young people who may pose a risk of harm to themselves or others.
  • Detailed working knowledge of child development.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency context.
  • Experience of delivering potentially distressing information to parents/carers /families.
  • Experience of sharing complex information with children young people and their families.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of a range of psychological assessments, procedures and practices.

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