Senior Clinical Psychologist

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the psychology services at Ryegate Childrens Centre which is part of Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic clinical psychologists to join our busy team to provide a psychology service to children and families as well as advice and consultation to professional colleagues.

We currently have a vacancy for 0.6 wte Band 8A. 22.50 hours per week.

The 8a post holder will join an established multidisciplinary team providing input to children with neurological difficulties (including those with neurodevelopmental comorbidities). The remit of the role may vary according to service demand but a significant proportion of the post will be supporting the 8B to develop an intervention service for children with epilepsy, and providing psychological assessment and intervention for referred children via individual or group work. Therefore, extensive experience of working with children and young people with a variety of needs and presentations will be required. As many of the children in the service will have identified cognitive difficulties, experience/additional training in this area would also be advantageous. Good communication skills for written report writing and close working with other members of the multidisciplinary team will be essential.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to children, young people and their families referred to the Neurodisability and or Neurology team/service at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments and therapy within the Team / Service at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.
  • To develop and maintain effective working relationships within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.
  • To contribute to training and service improvements while continuing to develop specific skills appropriate for the service area.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • 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.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the formulation and implementation of 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 in the context of the family and wider system, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of client settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals, including those from primary care/Tier 1, contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To lead on aspects of service delivery on behalf of the team and profession, contributing directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the team.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To coordinate, where appropriate, intervention plans in respect of children and young people, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

  • Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

    We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

    We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

    We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

    Trust Values

    The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
    • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
    • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
    • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
    • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

    Person Specification



    • HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist
    • Minimum 18 months post qualification experience
    • Experience of working with a variety of neurodevelopmental difficulties/neurological problems



    • Experience of working with a variety of neurodevelopmental problems/neurological difficulties



    • Providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


    Ryegate Children's Centre

    Tapton Crescent Road


    S10 5DP

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