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Clinical Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependent on experience
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Does the idea of working in a Clinical Psychology led team interest you? Are you looking for a flexible role to coincide with your home life which also pays HCAS?

Due to new investment we are excited to be recruiting for a Clinical Psychologist (either band 7 developmental role or 8a Senior Clinical Psychologist) to join our Autism Assessment Team on either a full or part time basis.

Our experienced and dedicated team work in a number of locations across Berkshire to provide autism assessments across the age, ability and complexity range. We work closely with partnership agencies and voluntary services to facilitate continued support and advice for families pre-assessment and beyond diagnosis and provide online support via the innovative BHFT platform 'SHaRON'.

To join our team, we are looking for an innovative Clinical Psychologist who shares our passion for autism.You will be self-motivated and able to work autonomously at pace be effective in managing your time, workload and priorities and motivated by your drive to deliver the highest quality care while ensuring the best possible patient experience. For the band 7 developmental role, there will be an opportunity to progress to 8a once you have demonstrated that you meet the competencies over an 18-24 month period.

So, if you want to develop your career in autism and to be part of a team that is forward thinking about neurodiversity and committed to excellence across all ages we would love to hear from.

Main duties of the job

The role will include:
  • Conducting autism assessments for children and young people from 2-18 years, across the ability range. All assessments are conducted with 2 clinicians
  • This will include complex and second opinion autism assessments
  • Identifying when onward referral is required and managing this
  • Provision of high-quality assessment reports with recommendations
  • Clinicians in the Autism Assessment Team also offer training, consultation and supervision and clinical moderation on our online support platform

For applicants to the 8A Senior Clinical Psychology post, the role will also include:
  • Taking a lead on service improvement projects and updates to clinical processes
  • To identify and lead on opportunities for audit and small-scale research projects
  • Supporting Team Leads as necessary (e.g. with recruitment, appraisals, investigating complaints etc.
  • Supporting the induction of new staff into the role

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solution

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust site

Job description

Job responsibilities

The 4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
    • HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist
    • Previous experience of working with autistic children and young people (and in autism assessment with children and young people to be considered for the 8A role)
    • An interest in service improvement
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Amy Balcon on 07870 401335 or email wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification

Education / Experience


  • HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist
  • Previous experience of working with autistic children and young people (and in autism assessment with children and young people to be considered for the 8A role)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • An interest in service improvement

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


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