Clinical Psychologist

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 Per annum inclusive of HCAS pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Part Time
We are looking for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to cover a period of maternity leave, until mid July 2024.

The successful applicant for this post will have experience in in working with young people, and their families, preferably with complex presentations, potentially including long term medical conditions (specifically hearing and speech related).

They will have organisational skills, and a strong commitment to team-work. This post would suit someone aiming to increase their experience at a higher-banding or in working in paediatrics. Training will be given in working with the specific presentations typically seen within the service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide highly specialist, tertiary level clinical psychology input to babies, children and young people seen across the general paediatric psychology service within the AVM services. It is suitable for qualified psychologists with an interest in working with children and young people who are deaf, hearing impaired or experience sounds differently. Existing experience of paediatric clinical psychology is necessary together with a keen interest in developing skills in this area. The focus of this role is to contribute to the provision and further development of a high quality multidisciplinary and clinical service for children and young people with sound-related impairment, causing cognitive, communication, and/or emotional difficulties, impacting on development and wellbeing. The post holder will receive close supervision and sometimes work in collaboration with other team members. As a scientist-practitioner, the post holder will be implementing interventions which are theoretically driven and, where appropriate, will participate in research projects.The post holder may be potentially responsible for attached doctoral trainees and assistant and/or graduate psychologists as applicable. They will be expected to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development within the areas served by the Paediatric Clinical Psychology Department.

About us

The paediatric clinical psychologist team works across the services provided by the Royal National ENT Hospital (RNENTH) and in particular within paediatric audiology and paediatric auditory implants. A team of four Psychologists provide assessment and psychological therapy, support children with hospital procedures, and are integral to a range of highly specialist multidisciplinary clinics such as auditory processing disorder clinic, and the paediatric tinnitus and hyperacusis clinic.

The psychologists are at the forefront in the UK in the understanding and management of paediatric tinnitus, hyperacusis, and misophonia and are actively engaged in research in these areas. The department attract referrals nationally from other Paediatric Audiology services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The RNENTH is part of the UCLH NHS Foundation Trust. There is a wealth of specialist clinical and research expertise within the service and close links with the Ear Institute, University College London.

Candidates must have completed post-graduate level training in Clinical Psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence and be registered as practitioner psychologists with the HCPC.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Honours degree in psychology or a related discipline post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 2000) as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence. HCPC registration.
  • Knowledge/experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across the full range of care settings, including community, primary care, outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of two specialised psychological theories.
  • Ability to make diagnostic decisions, give second opinions and make differential diagnoses as part of multidisciplinary assessments.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the patient group and mental health
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.
  • Advanced Doctoral-level knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis relevant to clinical psychology
  • Ability to work within boundaries of an 8A post, to recognise limitations and search out support when needed


  • Knowledge of specialised assessment and therapeutic approaches for deaf and hearing impaired children and/or children with complex developmental disabilities. Or experience of working with individuals with long-term health conditions.



  • Experience of working with children, young people and families.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experienced in presenting to different individuals, including peers, service-users, stakeholders, children and adults peers / colleagues on a range of clinical and research issues
  • Experience/Interest in the use of neuropsychological assessments for children and young people.

Skills and Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to work with interpreters


  • Skills in supervising other staff



  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Demonstrates understanding of, and ability to, manage the needs of patients with acute and chronic disability, including the use of supportive counselling skills as appropriate.
  • Ability to communicate highly sensitive information to psychologically vulnerable people and their families/carers, who may have significant barriers to understanding or acceptance and to communication.


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

Academic & research


  • Competent IT skills (word processing, spreadsheets, statistical packages)


  • Previous experience of research indicating the ability to conduct research autonomously, with supervision as required
  • Interest in conducting research within relevant areas of hearing/speech impairment and complex developmental disability.
  • Experience in audit and/or research methods.
  • Familiarity with SPSS databases and statistical packages

Quality and service improvement


  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.
  • Interest and ability to contribute to service development and commitment to the strategic aims of the trust and the UCL partners academic health sciences partnership

Personal and People Development


  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Ability to show initiative and utilise clinical supervision in different services effectively
  • Ability to identify areas for own personal / professional development through highly developed reflective practice skills and integrate knowledge gained into own practice
  • Effective time management and ability to prioritise and autonomously manage own workload
  • Ability to represent clinical psychology in multi-disciplinary group settings and within specialist clinical services.
  • Ability to complete clinical and research duties in an autonomous fashion.
  • Must be able to cope with highly emotive and psychologically challenging demands of working with people with sensory impairments for long periods of time.

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



47-49 Huntley Street



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