Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 plus HCAS per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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The post holder will be part of a newly established ASD BHR Service providing neurodevelopmental service to clients referred to the ASD pathway to the children residents of Barking, Havering, and Redbridge. The post-holder will work as part of a team comprising psychiatrists, psychologists, speech and language therapists, paediatricians, nursing, assistant psychologists, and administrators. In the second phase of the project the service will expand to provide assessments and intervention of ADHD and Challenging Behaviour. The post holder will be expected to undertake highly specialist neurodevelopmental assessments in order to contribute to the diagnostic process and to formulate areas of strengths and needs based on good practice and evidence in neurodevelopmental assessment and intervention.

Contribute to the diagnostic process and to formulate areas of strengths and needs based on good practice and evidence in neurodevelopmental assessment and intervention. Delivery of neuropsychological rehabilitation and psychological therapy may also be required.

The post holder will be expected to support their team, department, and organisation to achieve the Trust's Values in their day-to-day work. These are the 5P's:
  • Putting people first
  • Prioritising quality
  • Being progressive, innovative, and continually improve
  • Being professional and honest
  • Promoting what is possible - independence, opportunity, and choice

Main duties of the job

  • To provide an efficient, effective, comprehensive and specialist psychological service for children and young people referred for neurodevelopmental assessment and to provide this psychological service to their carers/parents and families.
  • To provide and/or support the provision of evidence based neurodevelopmental and psychological interventions for service users. This will include providing specialist ASD assessment and contributing to multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of children and young people referred to the Neurodevelopmental service.
  • To undertake a range of highly specialist clinical work, urgent assessment work and parenting support.
  • To carry out professional duties and responsibilities in the following areas: clinical practice, service development, teaching and training, work with other agencies, consultancy and/or applied research and service evaluation.
  • To contribute to service development within the neurodevelopmental assessments and pathway.
  • Support the development of psychological services through the supervision of other trainee psychologists, and assistant psychologists.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • Line Management and Clinical Supervision of Assistant Psychologists in the Neurodevelopmental Service.

  • About us

    Starting with NELFTNELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

    COVID-19 VaccinationWe continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

    Probationary PeriodThis post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).High Cost Area Supplement - LondonThis post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary with a minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum (pro rata for part-time).

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    The duties of the post will include providing highly specialist psychological assessment of

    ASD and ADHD and treatment using evidence based, NICE recommended interventions for ADHD and comorbidities, to individuals in individual and group formats supervising assistant psychologists offering advice and consultation on service users psychological care to other professionals, to trainee and assistant psychologists and to other non-professional carers. The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the services policies and procedures. The post holder will adhere to the requirements of the service operational policy and strategy, and ensure that safe, evidence based, effective, culturally competent care is delivered in a timely manner to service users.

  • To actively promote integrated health/care professional working internally and externally.
  • To facilitate the development of a positive and supportive team culture by taking responsibility for dealing effectively with potential conflict.
  • To take an active interest in working parties and groups within the Trust to develop and improve on service delivery, protocols, and guidelines.
  • To participate in the audit process, linking in with the clinical governance agenda.
  • To advise, encourage and share knowledge utilising the latest research and practice development, through literature and peer reviews.
  • They will ensure that a high quality, timely, accessible, and evidence-based service is available to all service users who need it and who use it across the team.

  • Clinical
  • To provide psychological assessments for service users referred for assessment of ADHD and ASD using interview, formal psychometric and other assessment methods including neuropsychological assessments as appropriate.
  • To formulate and devise psychological treatment and management plans for referred service users with ADHD and ASD, including those with co-morbidities and challenging behaviours, and to provide psychological treatment for such service users with ADHD, using a range of psychological interventions (i.e. CBT for ADHD, individual, group, consultative) appropriate to the service user.
  • To provide psychological advice, guidance and consultation to others in the NDD team and to other professionals (e.g. secondary care services and GPs) and non-professionals, to assist in the formulation, diagnosis and treatment of service users

  • Teaching, training, and supervision
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision to assistant psychologists.
  • To provide advice, consultation, training and supervision, where appropriate, to other health and social care staff working within the Trust services in relation to NDDs and to make their services more accessible and relevant to people with ASD and ADHD

  • Research, audit and service evaluation
  • To utilise evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual, family and group work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research support to other staff undertaking research.
  • To participate in and contribute to clinical audit and service evaluation with colleagues within the service, to help evaluate and improve service provision, proposing changes to working practice and procedures for own work area as required.

  • Communication
  • To have a wide range of knowledge in specialist clinical approaches to communicating and managing patient care.
  • To be able to effectively communicate with colleagues, peers, senior managers and clinical leads with the Trust.
  • To be able to communicate complex patient related information facilitating positive outcomes and ensuring collaborative working.
  • To participate in the review and development of clinical policies and identify improvements to service provision.
  • To provide reports on children and young people for parents, referrers and for other outside agencies, including Social Services and Education Services which describe assessment outcomes in accessible terms and formulate care plan.
  • To participate in regular clinical discussion and reviews of cases in treatment with members of multi-disciplinary team.
  • To present cases to network meetings with professional members of other agencies.
  • To contribute to Educational Health Care planning.
  • To provide psychological and clinical advice to other professionals working within the team. To be responsible for continually monitoring and evaluating risk to/from children and young people in ones own caseload and during supervision/consultation discussions.

  • Training
  • To provide clinical supervision as required within the team.
  • To support new staff and their integration within the team.
  • To be responsible for contributing to the clinical teaching programmes within ASD service.
  • To ensure own continued professional development to maintain the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service managers.
  • As part of the post the organisation will provide the postholder with trainings relevant for the post, i.e. ADOS training and ADOS reliability, ADI-R training, 3-di training, attachment assessment training (e.g. Story Stem). These trainings will be planned across first 5 years of the postholder employment with the organisation.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local NHS, Social Care and Education policies and issues of relevance to the patient group, particularly safeguarding policies and procedures and NICE guidelines.
  • To undertake mandatory training and workshops.
  • To undertake a regular appraisal, developing a personal development plan that includes clinical competencies reflecting the mental health needs of the local population and related to Trust strategy.
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical or counselling psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues as indicated and negotiated with line manager.
  • Participate in an agreed programme of training and continuing professional development and maintain an active engagement with current developments in psychological practice in areas related to the post.

  • To undertake such other duties and responsibilities, appropriate to the grade of the post, as may be agreed with the ManagerThis job description is written as an indication of the nature and scope of duties and responsibilities. Additional competencies may be required to fulfil the needs of specific areas and particular client groups. The post holder will be expected to carry out other duties assigned by their Team Manager, which are appropriate to the professional competences and experience of the post holder.

    If you come and work as part of the NELFT Paediatric Neurodevelopmental team, your knowledge and skills will be valued. Come join NELFT named in 2021 as a Working Families Top Ten Employer and Winner at the RIDI Awards for Making a Difference Public Sector.Benefits to the postholder joining the Paediatric ASD service and NELFT will be the offer of the following:
    • Structured annual education, training, and development package through several funded clinical and non-clinical courses to support you through own career development and progression in your own career path
    • Opportunity to learn and apply the latest research evidence in the field of autism through partnership with the University of Cambridge Autism Research Centre
    • Leadership, coaching and mentoring opportunities
    • Sideway internal transfer scheme available to open opportunities to gain exposure and a wider breadth of clinical experience
    • Flexible and Agile working
    • Family friendly policies and procedures
    • Substantial number of staff benefits: Cycle scheme Key Worker Accommodation scheme staff discounts Parent & Carer network
    • Resources and support to your own health, emotion and wellbeing: KeepingWell Hub Employee Assistance Programme Staff support line Wellbeing Apps Counselling services RelateHub access to trained relationship and wellbeing advisor Optimise Wellbeing tool

    Person Specification



    • Professional Qualification in Clinical Psychology to doctorate or equivalent level.
    • Eligible for registration with the Health Professions Council.
    • Knowledge of neurodevelopmental assessment measures.


    • Training in ADOS, also training in ADI-R and/or 3di.
    • Experience of working in a neurodevelopmental service or experience with neurodevelopmental assessments.
    • Experience of neurodevelopmental assessments, including practical experience administrating ADOS and 3di or ADI-R.
    • Experience of cognitive assessments
    • Excellent knowledge of neurodevelopmental dis
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