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Senior Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum inc. Outer HCAS pro rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking to recruit an experienced clinical psychologist for a permanent, part-time post (0.6wte) in the CNWL Paediatric Psychology Service, working in the Paediatric Diabetes Service at Ealing Hospital.

You will have significant post qualification experience in child/paediatric psychology, with some experience of working in diabetes being highly desirable. You will be an integrated member of the Paediatric Diabetes multidisciplinary team, providing inpatient and outpatient services to children, young people and their families. You will be supervised by the Head of the CNWL Paediatric Psychology Service and will have regular contact with the principal clinical psychologist working in paediatric diabetes at Northwick Park. There will be the opportunity to supervise Clinical Psychology trainees from UCL, UEL and Royal Holloway University Doctoral courses. There will be indirect work via liaison and consultation with multidisciplinary teams and external agencies, as well as teaching & training. You will need to be able to work independently as you will be the only Paediatric Psychologist on site at Ealing Hospital.

There are regular meetings with colleagues within the wider CNWL Paediatric Psychology Section, providing CPD and creating a large supportive network of Paediatric Psychologists working in 7 acute hospitals across northwest London. There is also a subgroup of clinical psychologists working in the paediatric diabetes teams across the section who meet regularly

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified Clinical Psychology service to children, young people and their families, seen within the specialist paediatric diabetes service at Ealing Hospital

The role will involve working as an integrated member of the Paediatric Diabetes Team to support children, young people and families on a primarily outpatient basis, with occasional inpatient work at Northwick Park Hospital. You will be joining two Consultant Paediatricians, three Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse and a Paediatric Dietician. The post holder will provide a psychology assessment and intervention service for the local Paediatric Diabetes population, Type 1 and Type 2. There are regular education groups for different developmental and adjustment to diagnosis stages and a developing diabetes transition service.

The role will also require regular liaison with the MDT and paediatric safeguarding nurse, as well as engaging with schools and external agencies involved in the care of children and young people. Experience with a range of ways of working is required, drawing on different theoretical frameworks to meet presenting needs. The aim is to provide between 6-10 psychology appointments, with review, outcome measurement and user satisfaction feedback as part of the service.

About us

As part of the Central and North West London Foundation NHS Trust (CNWL), Paediatric Psychology services are provided to four acute hospital trusts, (7 hospital sites), across the North West London region. There are regular opportunities to link with the psychologists working across the trusts both informally and formally for CPD and peer support. The CNWL Paediatric Psychology Service meets once a month for business, journal and research presentations, as well as clinical and skill sharing. There is a diabetes subgroup within this who also meet on a regular basis to review and share practice across the 6 MDT diabetes teams.

Ealing Hospital is a district general hospital, part of London North West University Healthcare Trust, providing a general medical & surgical services to the local Southall community. Southall has a large, ethnically and socio-economically diverse population, with many families having English as a second language. You will be working with interpreters and liaising with other agencies.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team 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 interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence ofefficacy, across the full range of care settings.

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

4.To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

5.To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee, assistant Clinical Psychologists and, if appropriate level of experience, newly qualified Clinical Psychologists.

Person Specification

Training and 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. Registration with the HCPC


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect 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 the threat of physical abuse
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist or an alternative agreed by the Head Psychologist.


  • Post qualification experience of working as a Paediatric Psychologist.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision of clinical psychology trainees.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non- professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Ealing Hospital

60 Uxbridge Road



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