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Clinical Psychology Assistant Practitioner Higher Level

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023
This is an invitation to apply for a part-time Assistant Psychologist (0.6 wte) within a large, friendly, hospital-based child psychology team, with clinical work into the Southampton Children's Sleep Disorder Service. ABOUT THE TEAMWe are a large team of clinical psychologists, supported by our admin team. We provide psychological input to many of the medical teams within paediatrics, offering inpatient and outpatient interventions as well as staff support, teaching and multidisciplinary team involvement.

As a team we place a strong emphasis on self-care and on supporting one another in our roles. The child psychology team provides a strong base from which we can give our best to the children and families we meet, as well as to our multidisciplinary colleagues. The positive working atmosphere and the opportunities for development mean we have a long track record of retaining staff within the team.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme. Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted. WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU There are many opportunities for clinical supervision and CPD. Child Psychology is highly regarded and sought after within Paediatrics at UHS and we have excellent working relationships with the medical teams we work into. We will provide specific training around working with children's sleep disorders.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Southampton Childrens Sleep Disorder Service is a renowned specialist centre for children's sleep medicine, one of only a few in the UK. We work with children aged between one and 18 with chronic sleep disorders, who have already been seen by their GP or at another hospital. We diagnose and treat a wide range of childhood sleep disorders, including insomnias, parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorders as well as chronic sleep disorders including Narcolepsy and Kleine Levine Syndrome. As well as offering a clinical service we train health professionals about childhood sleep disorders and we have an active research programme focusing on a number of different sleep disorders as well as treatment trials.

WHAT YOULL DOYou will support the work of the qualified clinical psychologists working with children and their families, supporting staff teams and working collaboratively with multidisciplinary sleep team colleagues. There is a varied range of work, which will include therapeutic interventions to support young people with sleep problems as well as conducting neuropsychological assessments with children and young people. You will also support the clinical, research and administrative work of the wider psychology team and you will be required to attend psychology team meetings. You will receive training for the role and regular supervision.

WHAT WERE LOOKING FOR1. Honours degree in Psychology (BSc): Upper second class or above.2. Previous experience as an Assistant Psychologist, preferably with some interest in, or experience of, working with sleep problems.3. Ability to engage and maintain the attention of children and adolescents of all ages and with a variety of medical conditions or developmental disorders, in assessment and intervention sessions4. Ability to work systemically with families to support therapeutic work and sleep interventions.5. Ability to relate sensitively to young people who have serious illness and their families.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONInterviews will be held on Monday, 18 December 2023.For an informal discussion or further details on this post, please contact Dr Rachel Langley or Dr Laura Harvey, Clinical Psychologists on 023 8120 4657 or email or

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO APPLYIf you have any questions, please contact us. Alternatively, if youre ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

Person Specification

Trust values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications / training required


  • A First Class Honours Degree in Psychology or an Upper Second Class Degree.
  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society


  • Further training or MSc in associated/related field
  • urther post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology

Previous or relevant experience necessary


  • Experience as an Assistant Psychologist, HCA or equivalent


  • Previous work with sleep conditions
  • Experience with clinical neuropsychological assessment, standardised test administration, scoring and interpretation
  • Experience in carrying out statistical analyses
  • Basic knowledge of common sleep conditions such as circadian rhythm disorders and behavioural insomnia
  • Understanding of sleep investigations such as actigraphy and polysomnography

Aptitudes and skills required


  • High-level communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to patients, carers and colleagues in a way that addresses psychological resistance.
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of young people and families living with sleep problems
  • An ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a sleep context
  • High standard of report writing
  • Experience of using a range of software, e.g. for databases or data-analysis, information searches et
  • An understanding of psychology applied to health care

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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