Specialist Paediatric Clinical Psychologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 Per Annum Pro Rata Inclusive
Closing date
3 Oct 2023
We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic clinical psychologist to join our team on a part time basis to support children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) here at GOSH.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Surgery and Development Cluster, which sits as part of the Psychological Services and Mental Health Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital

The successful candidate will join a supportive team of psychologists working across these medical specialties whilst also being able to access the learning and opportunities that come with being part of a large psychology service at a leading children's hospital.

Interested applicants are advised to contact Dr Fionna Bathgate (Clinical Psychologist) to discuss the post onfionna.bathgate@gosh.nhs.uk

This post can be combined with the fixed-term 22.5 hour post also currently being advertised in Neurology to make a full-time role.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for providing a specialist systematic and autonomous clinical psychology service within the specialist clinical area, in accordance with objectives agreed with clinical and professional managers. The post will require independent management of caseload and provision of a psychology service with appropriate supervision and professional management, as per BPS and HCPC guidelines.
  • To provide clinical placements for trainee clinical psychologists, ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good psychological care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies. To provide clinical supervision to assistant psychologists, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to and help put into practice new or revised policies that improve the quality of the service by participating regularly on working parties and committees to develop policies and services relevant to the profession and/or medical specialties, in agreement with the Consultant Psychologist and Head of Psychology.
  • To take part in the evaluation, monitoring and development of the multidisciplinary team's operational policies through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high quality care.

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 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.



  • 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

Knowledge and Experience


  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist
  • 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
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children and young people and child protection
  • Experience of supervising junior Psychologists including Assistant Psychologists, Trainee Clinical Psychologists, undergraduate Psychology Placement Students and/or other professionals


  • Experience and expertise of working with children and/or adults with physical health conditions
  • Experience of presenting psychology to multidisciplinary audiences at conferences or other educational settings.
  • Experience of teaching or training.
  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street



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