Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 Per Annum, inclusive of HCAS pro rata (part time)
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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We are delighted to be advertising a specialist clinical psychology post to progress and develop the psychology offer across all WCDS diagnostic and intervention pathways. We are looking for a dynamic clinical psychologist who has good insight and working knowledge of SEND and values multidisciplinary working. The post holder will work as part progressive psychology team who operate within a larger multidisciplinary Child Development Service that provides assessment and intervention for children with neurodevelopmental differences. A primary focus for WCDS psychology has been to develop the social communication assessment pathway, including the pre and post-diagnostic support.

This post will specifically support broadening out the psychology offer to other pathways in a progressive and evidence-based way and require them to be activity involved in the well-established interagency SEND pathways and initiatives that exist in KCW. The successful candidate is required to have direct experience of working with children who have neurodevelopmental difficulties, however, applicants who are enthusiastic about gaining experience of working in this speciality and who have a good knowledge of child development are encouraged to apply.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Psychology team value working in creative and thoughtful ways and there is often scope to develop projects in response to the needs of service users as well as the special interests of the professionals.

The post holder will receive support and supervision from the Lead Consultant Psychologist. There are also significant opportunities to engage in peer supervision with colleagues in other trusts (e.g. CNWL) as well as collaboration and CDS / CAMHS child psychologists across the KCW patch. We would be happy for potential candidates to contact us to discuss the job and the remit further.

About us

Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) is one of the largest community healthcare organisations in London and Hertfordshire, providing our services to diverse communities/boroughs in 11 London Boroughs - Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth, Westminster - and Hertfordshire.

Just as we care about our patients' wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:
  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Single occupancy accommodation in Central London - (we can help you find accommodation in London, support you with your deposit)
  • Support with gaining your driving license *T& C's apply
  • Car lease scheme *T& C's apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

To have a full look at our benefits and what it's like working for us please go here: https://www.clch.nhs.uk/job/pay-and-benefits

At CLCH we appreciate and are proud of the diversity in the communities we serve and the workforce we employ. Applications are open and welcome to anyone, regardless of your age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and disability. We are proud to say that we follow the workforce race equality standard and 28% of our senior staff (8A and above) are from a BAME background. CLCH also has active BAME and LGBTQI networks.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To ensure a highly qualified clinical psychology service to children who are referred to the Child Development Centre for assessment and intervention, across all sectors of care. To develop the role of clinical psychology in order to deliver a direct and indirect clinical assessment and therapy service for children with complex neuro-development difficulties and their families.

To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities across a range of settings and agencies, where appropriate.

To work in conjunction with parent, carers, statutory and non-statutory agencies to ensure a holistic approach to assessment and intervention. To assess and treat a specialist caseload and maintain client records. To supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by trainee and assistant psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment to children who are referred to the Child Development Centre. To work autonomously adhering to professional guidelines, government policies / initiatives and the overall framework / pathways developed by the Child Development Service. To utilise research skills for audit, policy & service development and research within the area of developmental disorders and developmental delay.

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full roles and responsibilities

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.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Further specialist training and experience in the administration and interpretation of the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) a range of neuropsychological tests including the WISC, WIAT and NEPSY (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Wechsler Individual Achievement Test Neuropsychological Assessment of development) CARS (Childhood Autism Rating Scale) and knowledge and experience of assessment and intervention of complex feeding difficulties.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders 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 teaching, training and/or supervision


  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Competent neuro-psychological and psychometric assessment skills.
  • Competent informal [play based] assessment skills.
  • Knowledge about the application and adaptation of psychological approaches when working with children & adolescents with complex neuro-developmental difficulties.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • 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

Key Attributes


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to use supervision and access appropriate levels of clinical support.
  • Ability to relate well to children with complex difficulties and their families.


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

Employer details

Employer name

Central London Community Health Trust


The Medical Centre


W9 3XZ

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