Senior Clinical Psychologist/ Clinical Psychologist

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7/8a Clinical Psychologist (Full-time)

This is an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist to join the Children's Psychological Medicine team based at the Children's Hospital Oxford. This established role supports delivery of a psychological service to infants and their families admitted to the Oxford Neonatal Unit, as well as the neonatal staff that care for and support them. Oxford Neonatal unit is a large 53 cot surgical neonatal unit with critical care, high dependency, and low dependency nurseries. Psychology plays a key role within the unit embedded within the MDT to deliver high quality evidence based and family integrated care.

Children's Psychological Medicine consists of psychologists, psychiatrists and a family therapist, providing opportunities for both formal and informal consultation with staff experienced in a range of therapeutic approaches. The department operates an in-patient rota for the children's hospital and there are lots of opportunities to seek advice and support from colleagues on a daily basis. The team runs monthly Continuing Professional Development (CPD) slots and there are a number of opportunities to develop interests in specific therapeutic models with funds available for additional training.

The post is advertised at full-time but we would be happy to consider applications for those who may be looking for part-time or flexible working.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will contribute directly to clinical care through the provision of psychological assessment formulation and therapy, undertaking risk management and risk assessments, liaising with and advising members of the MDT where appropriate. The post holder will also be required to contribute to the department's in-patient rota which offers a direct (within hours) service to the Children's wards. An important part of the role will be to provide training, debriefs, consultation and support to neonatal colleagues.

The team is supported by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, a Band 8b psychologist and two Assistant Psychologists and there is access to advice from psychiatry and family therapy within the wider team. The post holder will attend Children's Psychological Medicine Meetings and will contribute to teaching in the form of Grand Rounds in the neonatal and Children's settings.

As well as clinical work there are opportunities to engage in research and the department has links with the doctoral training course with regular clinical and research trainees on placement. There is a strong ethos of research and audit under the guidance of the Consultant Lead for Neonates, Dr Jacinta Cordwell.

Applicants will hold a post graduate doctoral qualification in Clinical Psychology and demonstrate experience in working within clinical health, especially with children, together with a strong academic record, ability and enthusiasm to undertake service-related research and audit.

About us

Oxford is a nationally recognised centre for medical education, professional training and research and as such seeks to recruit and retain those at the forefront of their field. The Trust has a strong ethos of supporting staff to achieve their potential and there are opportunities for conducting research alongside clinical work, as well as access to both internal and external training and professional development opportunities.

Oxford University Hospitals offer a wide range of general and specialist clinical services which includes a thriving psychological presence across the life span. Alongside this there is access to a range of resources across the site including library facilities, canteens and cafes as well as an established staff support and well-being service.

The city itself is a large and cosmopolitan one with opportunities to visit a range of museums and art galleries. There is access to a range of shopping locations, a vibrant caf and bar scene and a number of established music venues to suit all tastes. The city has served as the backdrop for many films and television series and there are a number of specialist tours for those who are keen to explore further. The city is surrounded by picturesque countryside with the Otmoor wildlife reserve, historic Woodstock and Blenheim Palace less than 30 minutes away. We are also within an hour of London and of Heathrow for those looking to travel further afield. For more information see

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed description of the job please see the attached job description and person specification.

You are also welcome to contact Dr Karen Steinhardt, Lead for Children's Psychological Medicine ( or Dr Jacinta Cordwell, Lead for maternity and Neonatal Services ( should you have any specific queries regarding the post.

Person Specification



  • Experience of clinical work with children and adults experiencing physical health difficulties
  • Ability to recognize own training and supervision needs
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work with highly distressed children, adults and family members
  • Experience in individual therapy, work with families and group work
  • Experience of working with parents who may be dealing with a complex range of issues including though not restricted to significant concerns for their child, anxiety and/or adjustment issues as well as possible health concerns of their own.
  • Experience of cognitive assessment and formulation
  • Experience of working across the lifespan with a wide variety of client groups and across the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of delivering highly skilled assessments. Interventions, follow-up and data monitoring utilizing at least two therapeutic models


  • Experience of clinical work within an acute hospital or paediatric setting setting
  • Experience of working with children and young people presenting with neurodevelopmental difficulties
  • Post-doctoral experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team representing the psychological needs of children and young people and sharing expert formulations to inform team practice
  • Experience of working with trauma and/or bereavement



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent (pre 1996) and HCPC registered
  • Eligible for chartered status as a clinical psychologist
  • HCPC Registration


  • Additional therapeutic training
  • Evidence of post qualification training to support work within a neonatal context
  • Pre-or post qualification training in research methodology
  • Further training in staff support/supervision

Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability to undertake clinical and service related research or audit consistent with the needs of the department and in keeping with the job requirements
  • Ability to assess and formulate cases incorporating a broad range of models
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and through written work
  • Competence in assessing and managing risk
  • Ability to work within supervision
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Up to date knowledge of the theory and practice of specialized psychological therapies as applied in a clinical health setting


  • Experience of working in a neonatal environment
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi and uni-professional audit and a desire to continue to apply and develop expertise in this area



  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to exercise autonomy/initiative
  • To be able to think clearly and to communicate this well to others
  • To be able to remain calm and behave in a confident and professional manner in challenging situations
  • To demonstrate good organizational skills


  • Interest in developing skills through further training in relevant aspects of paediatric Psychology
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Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust


John Radcliffe Hospital

Headley Way



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