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Clinical Psychologist LD CAMHS

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Trafford CAMHS are looking for a Clinical Psychologist to work within Trafford's Learning Disability CAMHS Team.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a multi-agency team, working alongside clinical psychologists and community learning disability nurses to provide a service to children with severe learning disabilities and complex presentations of autism (aged up to 18). The post holder will be involved in running groups as well as holding their own individual caseload and be expected to support trainees, engage in training and be involved in consultation. The service works across all Thrive needs lead groupings and is committed to providing positive behavioural support using person centred formulations.

We offer a robust supervision and development structure in terms of psychological therapies training within the Trust and across Greater Manchester to access specialist training in line with your own and the team's needs. Clinical psychology is well integrated and valued both within the team and within the wider MFT CAMHS directorate under the Director of Psychological Services.

Trafford CAMHS is located in the town of Sale and serves a diverse community. You will be part of an expanding and energetic CAMHS team that is co-located with colleagues from children's social care and education. Trafford CAMHS delivers services in line with the Thrive framework and sees service user feedback and participation as key components of service delivery and development.

Main duties of the job

Delivery of service provision within the parameters of learning disability, in a multi-agency context. To provide specialist psychological assessments of children and adolescents referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including ADOS assessments, self-report measures, direct observation and interviews with clients, family members and/or carers.

To join the existing team in delivering a range of specialist assessments.

To formulate and implement plans for intervention.

To deliver group Parenting interventions

To attend MDT clinics as appropriate. To provide training, advice and consultation to staff from Education, health and other agencies.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, and discharge of clients. To contribute a specialist psychological perspective to case discussion and MDT meetings when appropriate.

To communicate highly complex condition-related or contentious or sensitive information where there may be significant barriers to acceptance and to manage ensuing difficult interpersonal situations in the interests of the patient's welfare.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Clinical Psychology graduate: Diploma, masters, doctoral degree or equivalent accepted by the British Psychological Society as qualifying the person to work as a clinical psychologist.
  • Eligibility for BPS Chartered status and HCPC registration
  • Pre-qualification training or recent experience with children and adolescents with learning disability and/or autism and/or evidence of having specialist placements in this area


  • Additional qualifications relating to the assessment of autism e.g. ADI, ADOS training
  • Significant experience post qualification in the field of paediatric learning disablities



  • Experience in assessment and therapeutic work with children and families
  • Experience with working with children with autism and/or learning disabilities.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary teamwork
  • Experience of managing complex cases including those where children are CIN or have safeguarding issues
  • Experience of consulting with health care and other professionals.


  • Working knowledge of professional systems involved in work with children with learning disability and/or autism
  • Working knowledge of national strategic agendas relating to children and young people with learning disability and/or autism
  • Experience of CETR process
  • Delivery of group work and workshops.
  • Experience of audit and research

Skills and ability


  • Ability to select, use and interpret a range of psychological measures including cognitive and developmental assessments
  • Highly developed communication skills with the ability to provide and receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information and overcome barriers to acceptance
  • Ability to integrate psychological theories and outcome data with clinical practice and service provision
  • Ability to select, use and interpret a range of psychological measures including cognitive and developmental assessments
  • The ability to reflect on and critically appraise own performance.
  • To be able to provide feedback and constructive guidance to junior members of the team and trainees to facilitate their personal and professional development.


  • Delivery of group work and workshops.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Sale Waterside


M33 7ZF

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