Practitioner Psychologist Paediatric Sleep

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inc HCA
Closing date
4 Dec 2023
This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified practitioner psychologist with a strong interest in sleep and some experience in working clinically with sleep difficulties to gain further experience in a tertiary level multidisciplinary paediatric sleep service.

This is a small close-knit service, with strong academic links, nationally and internationally and would be ideal for a psychologist with a strong interest in service development and innovative practice.

This post will participate in the implementation of stepwise psychology/ non-medical pathways for children and young people with sleep disorders and behavioural sleep problems who may also have mental health issues related to their sleep. A large proportion of the children and young people who attend the service also have neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will contribute to the supervision and line management of an assistant psychologist. The service, in the past has been provided popular placements for the local Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training courses and our undergraduate placement programme. The post will be supported by a more senior practitioner psychologist within the sleep service.

The post holder will join an enthusiastic and skilled team of psychologists in specialist areas of neurosciences and throughout the wider Evelina London and Guy's and Thomas' NHS Foundation trust.

As part of our commitment to flexible working, some of the working week may be done from home, however, as this postholder will have significant responsibilities in supporting other more junior roles, the majority of the time will be onsite.

Please contact to discuss any individual requirements you may have.

In the event of suitably qualified and experienced applicants, who are not successful at this time, you will be invited to join a 'talent pool', from which we may appoint for similar posts.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached JD and Person Specification for full information. We would also strongly encourage potential applicants to make contact to discuss the role informally.

While we hope to appointment to this post on a full-time basis, we recognise that flexibility and work-life balance are a key component in recruiting the best quality staff for this population. We are therefore open to applications on a part-time or job share basis. If you are applying on less than a full-time basis, please state this, along with your ideal number of hours in your supporting statement. If you are applying as an already established job share, please note that all job share applicants must make individual applications, be shortlisted and interviewed individually.

Person Specification



  • Health And Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration as Practitioner Psychologist



  • Doctoral level qualification in clinical, Educational or health or counselling psychology (or equivalent for those who trained before 1996) as accredited by BPS.


  • Additional training in treatment of sleep disorders



  • Experience of working within an acute or community health care/paediatrics setting.
  • Experience of using evidence based psychological interventions (including cognitive behaviour therapy) for the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of psychological problems, working in both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Experience of providing both group based and individual psychological interventions.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Experience in the psychological management of sleep disorders
  • Experience of frequent management of 'behaviour that challenges' to a satisfactory and safe outcome
  • Experience of supporting families through distressing experiences over time.



  • Knowledge of psychological interventions, application and supervision of others particularly cognitive behaviour therapy and associated third wave approaches
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological, neuropsychological and behavioural assessment and intervention, requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • A strong ability to communicate at both a written and oral level, imparting complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, and carers and a wide range of lay and professional people within and outside the NHS. This may require negotiating, motivating, training, reassuring others and demonstrating empathy.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging interactions.


  • Specialist knowledge of the theory of specialised psychological therapies in specific areas sleep disorders



  • A commitment to promoting equality of opportunity through all aspects of working and professional practice with both colleagues and all client groups.

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust





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