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Clinical Psychologist

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical Psychologist - Eating Disorder Team

Agenda for change band - 7

Permanent post

Full time

Due to recent increased investment, the Eating Disorder Team (EDYs) is looking to recruit a full time Clinical Psychologist to join our rapidly expanding team.

Main duties of the job

This is a new, exciting opportunity for a candidate who has an interest in working with young people with an eating disorder and ARFIDS. The successful applicant will provide a substantial contribution to the clinical work of the team, and will hold full case management responsibility for their workload.

The Eating Disorder Team (EDYs) provide support and treatment for children and young people in Liverpool and Sefton with an eating disorder. This is a multidisciplinary team including Consultant Psychiatrist and Consultant Paediatricians, Clinical Psychology, Family Therapy, CBT and SFP trained staff, Nursing, Support Worker, Assistant Practitioner and Assistant Psychology. The main base for this post will be at Alder Hey, but appointments are also offered from base in Waterloo (Burlington House).

About us

Experience working with children and young people with an eating disorder will be beneficial. In addition to undertaking assessments and providing intervention and support to children, young people and their families, the post holder will also undertake physical monitoring under the guidance of our Consultant Paediatricians. The post holder will also provide clinical supervision to team members, including trainee clinical psychologists and assistant psychologists. They must be able to demonstrate a positive attitude which encompasses our Trust Values of excellence, innovation, openness, respect and together.

Alder Hey are offering excellent benefit schemes

Refer a friend - Alder Hey staff

Successful candidates who are introduced to the trust by existing staff members will receive �1000 after completion of six months in post. Please include the name/Alder Hey email for your friend in the additional information section of your application.

This will be paid in two parts, �250 in first month pay on commencement in post, and �750 on completion of six months.


Alder Hey will support the cost of accommodation for up to 3 months from the date of employment (up to �500 per month)

The cost is to be paid by the staff member and reclaimed as expenses.

Relocation package

Relocation packages to support new hires and will be consulted on an individual basis, please link in with for further information

Job description

Job responsibilities

If you are enthusiastic and confident with a friendly and outgoing manner,and a focus on providing the best possible service to patients we would like to hear from you.

Person Specification

Qualifications, Training and Experience


  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or it's equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of Psychopathology, Clinical Psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology with evidence of specific experience of CAMHS.
  • Current registration with the health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist
  • Assessed experience of working as a psychologist in CAMHS
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, inpatient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and stressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of conducting risk assessments within complex clinical settings.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.


  • Training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Experience of working with young people with Eating Disorders, including ARFIDS.
  • Training/experience of providing evidence based interventions such as CBT-E, MFT, SFT.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its complications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to articulate and interpret clearly the role of the profession of clinical psychology based upon a good understanding of the framework of government and national professional policy.


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (eg personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and severely challenging behaviours etc.)
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Record of having published in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.

Personal Attributes


  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.


  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills.
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


L12 2AP

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