Highly Specialist Psychologist /Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inclusive
Closing date
4 Dec 2023
Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist or Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist Band 8a

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 Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist or Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.

The post holders will provide a highly specialist psychology service to NHS Children and Young People's Gender Service (London), including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.

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 or MSc and PG Diploma in Counselling Psychology OR Entry-level qualification in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the ACP for purposes of professional registration.
  • oAdditional training in a specialised area of psychological practice relevant to working with CYP with gender diversity 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 OR Registered with the ACP as Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the ACP.



  • oEvidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in an area of clinical 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 clinical practice relevant to CYP with gender diversity
  • oExperience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists having completed the relevant training.
  • 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.
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions for CYP with gender diversity
  • oTheoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment of common mental health difficulties experienced by CYP with gender diversity
  • oAdvanced knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics
  • 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


  • oThe Trust encourages and welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. We see this as valuable and recognise the positive impact this experience can have on the work we do.



  • 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.
  • 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 for meetings such as CPAs and case reviews
  • oTo plan allocation of tasks to assistant psychologists.
  • oTo be skilled in the administration of psychometric and neuropsychological tests, including those that require complex manipulation of test materials.
  • 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 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust





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