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Clinical Psychologist - Cleft Lip and Palate

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We would like to recruit a positive, enthusiastic, values led colleague to our band 8a Psychologist post, working in the regional, all age, Cleft Lip and Palate Service

The posts are based at Addenbrookes hospital as part of a larger Paediatric Psychological medicine team providing chiefly outpatient care, accepting referrals from Paediatric specialties within Addenbrookes.

The posts work alongside the multi-disciplinary teams for each of the specialties - Each represent distinct challenges for our patient groups and the successful applicants will represent the Paediatric Psychological medicine team, enhancing the patient experience, providing seamless packages of care and promoting the integration of physical and mental health. Longer term goals will include working towards the creation of and working in the Cambridge Children's Hospital of the future.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicants will provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy to patients and their families, at the same time as offering advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

The psychologist will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service. As well as being embedded in specialty multi-disciplinary teams you will work as a part of a large and growing Paediatric Psychological Medicine team consisting chiefly of Psychologists but also of Counsellors, Nurses, Psychiatrists and a family Therapist.

The size and growth of the team will create options for learning about new specialisms, formal training opportunities and career progression.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.


To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to thepsychological medicine service, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon psychological theory and evidence and which incorporates interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors as well as health needs and impact of health problems on the family.

To develop and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of hospital and community based settings.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council


  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  • Further training in systemic, paediatric neuropsychology and or trauma



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different contexts


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of working within a paediatric medical setting
  • Experience of working systemically with children and families
  • Experience and interest in applying systemic approaches in relation to working in complex teams and organisations
  • Experience and interest in service development
  • Experience and genuine interest in working with children and their families in medical settings
  • Lived experience of mental health
  • Experience of neuropsychological assessments, formulation and intervention with children

Knowledge & Skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgment skills
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management
  • Skills in self-management, including time-management
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Advanced keyboard skills
  • Able to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client groups and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.


  • High Level Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

Personal Requirements


  • Able to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Hills Road



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