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Specialist Paediatric Psychologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2023
We have an exciting opportunity for a senior clinical psychologist to join the Psychological and Mental Health Services department at Great Ormond Street Hospital (PAMHS). The post holder will work as part of a team of clinical psychologistswithin the Specialist Health Conditions Stream. The Specialist Health Conditions Stream provides a specialist paediatric psychology service to children and young people under the care of 6 specialties within the hospital - urology, endocrinology, dermatology, rheumatology, gastroenterology and neurology. The post holder will work predominantly within the neurology service.

The post holder will be working in a senior service lead role within the neurologypsychology team, in addition to offering input to other specialties within the specialist health conditions stream as required. This post will involve working with children and families who access the hospital under the care of the Neurology department. The Neurology department provide a specialist service for the diagnosis and treatment of children with neurological disorders, on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will lead the systematic delivery of high quality, evidence based clinical psychology services to patients and families as part of the multidisciplinary neurology team. They will also be expected to provide consultation and expertise to the staff teams working within these services. In addition they will provide clinical leadership within the psychology team, with responsibility for supervision of junior colleagues, service governance and management, innovation and organization.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to the flexible delivery of psychology services across the Trust, in response to new developments and organisational changes.

Utilisation of research skills for audit, policy and service development and research is encouraged.

For further information, please contact any of the following individuals via email:Dr Emma Hewson (Consultant Clinical Psychologist):

Dr Eleanor Wells (Principal Clinical Psychologist):

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

GOSH Culture and Values


  • GOSH Always Values

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • Good honours degree in Psychology
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS/HCPC, including clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Eligibility for Chartered status and membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council as Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Post-doctoral training and recorded CPD experience and /or further qualifications in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist at specialist level
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts and of working in a multicultural framework
  • Experience of presenting psychology to multidisciplinary audiences at conferences or other educational settings.
  • Experience of teaching or training.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children and young people and child protection.
  • Experience of supervising qualified psychologists
  • Experience and expertise of working within paediatrics


  • Experience of providing staff support
  • Experience and expertise in working with children who have life limiting and life threatening conditions, including experience of bereavement work



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their carers, and other professionals
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to distressing situations and challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Evidence of skilled and productive multidisciplinary team working
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, including verbal abuse.
  • Evidence of specialised psychological therapeutic skills as used in complex cases within paediatrics
  • Evidence of service development and team leadership skills

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital

Great Ormond Street



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