Principal Practitioner Psychologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum inclusive
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Principal Practitioner Pscyhologist

In line with recommendations from the ongoing Cass Review, we are recruiting to part time sessions, in order for staff to maintain a broad clinical perspective by working across related services within other secondary and tertiary centres. It is expected that staff members will therefore work across at least one other clinical specialism area, in addition to this role within the gender service.

We are seeking individuals for a minimum of 0.4WTE and maximum of 0.6WTE.

Job Overview

We are seeking skilled and compassionate individuals to join the new NHS Children and Young People's Gender Service (London) in the role of Principal Practitioner Psychologist.

The post holders will develop, co-ordinate and ensure the systematic provision of an evidence-based psychology service to the NHS Children and Young People's Gender Service (London) and personally provide highly specialist clinical input.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership, supervision and support to junior staff and be a source of clinical expertise to the multi- disciplinary team. You will enable other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.

The post offers opportunities to develop leadership skills by enabling you to take a key role in a number of exciting service development initiatives.

Main duties of the job

A new clinical pathway has been developed, based on the recommendations of The Cass Review Interim Report, the NHS England interim service specification, and the expertise of many clinicians from across the Northern and Southern Hubs. The service will be delivered by a wide multi-disciplinary team including paediatricians, mental health practitioners, youth workers, nurses, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. Who patients see will be dependent on the support and care they need.

Children and young people will receive an in-depth assessment of their needs,and a care plan will be developed with them and, if needed, those supporting them. Children and young people may be offered a range of care interventions such astherapy, family therapy,physical healthsupport, or mental health supportfor any identified difficulties they may want help with. Theteam will also liaise with health professionals in local services nearer to the child or young person.

It is expected that the NHS Children and Young People's Gender Service will continue to change and evolve as more learning, research and evidence is developed in this area, and therefore we would encourage applications from individuals with a passion for service improvement, audit and research.

About us

Following the recommendations of The Cass Review Interim Report, two new nationally networked services led by specialist children's tertiary care providers are being established. The Southern Hub, based in London, is delivered by a partnership of Evelina London Children's Hospital (part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust), Great Ormond Street Hospital and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The Northern Hub is delivered by a partnershipof Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust). This role is based in the Southern Hub.

We are committed to promoting an environment that embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We would like all our families and staff to feel valued and respected because we try to understand and provide for their individual needs.

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

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • oEntry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. -Clinical psychologist: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent -Counselling psychologist: Doctorate, MSc and PG Diploma in Counselling Psychology
  • oAdditional training in a specialised area of psychological (e.g. CBT, DBT, etc) practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma.
  • oCompleted training course in clinical supervision.
  • oRegistered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.



  • oEvidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in an area of practice relevant to CYP with gender diversity
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in an area of specialism relevant to the needs of CYP with Gender Diversity
  • oExperience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists having completed the relevant training.
  • oExperience of providing teaching and training to psychologists or other professional groups.
  • oPost-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities.
  • oExperience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects.
  • oExperience of proposing and implementing service development projects within own service area.
  • oRecord of publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books
  • oHighly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for in a client group relevant to CYP with gender diversity (e.g. CBT, DBT, etc)
  • oAdvanced theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment relevant to CYP with gender diversity.
  • oAdvanced knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics including screening for common neurodevelopmental disorders
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • oKnowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care.



  • oTo deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences.
  • oTo select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources, on which expert opinion may differ.
  • oTo communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information.
  • oTo plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and to organise meetings such as CPAs and case reviews, and joint activities with staff of partner agencies.
  • oTo plan projects and work schedules for groups of psychologists.
  • oTo be expert in the skilled administration of psychometric tests, including skilled manipulation of test materials and to be able to supervise others in administration of psychometric tests.
  • oWell-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data.
  • oSkills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate.
  • oAbility to develop and use complex multi- media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic meetings
  • oAbility to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychological interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these.
  • oAbility to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour
  • oAbility to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self.
  • oAbility to manage physical aggression directed at self, including use of physical interventions as prescribed by Trust policies.

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Central London



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