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Paediatric Pain Clinical Psychologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inclusive
Closing date
19 Dec 2023

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We have an exciting opportunity for a clinical psychologist interested in paediatric pain management to take a key role in the delivery and evaluation of an intensive interdisciplinary paediatric pain rehabilitation programme (PPRP) for patients and families. The postholder will work within an interdisciplinary team that includes pain clinicians, clinical nurse specialists, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and support staff.

The Pain Management Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital provides an integrated service for acute, post-operative, and persistent pain in both inpatient and outpatient settings for infants, children, and adolescents. The PPRP will provide an expansion of currently available interventions offered by the Pain Management Service at GOSH.

For further information, please contact:

Glyn Williams and Suellen Walker

We are recruiting several Psychologists at a variety of bands. Please get in touch if you are interested in this project but the advertised role is not right for you.We are open to structuring this post as a job share for applicants that do not wish to work full-time. If you would like to work part-time then please apply and we will consider your application.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will support the provision of an evidence based psychology service to patients and families within the PPRP, including specialist assessment, complex formulation, and evidence-based interventions.

The postholder will be expected to collaborate with other members across different disciplines. The role includes attending regular multidisciplinary meetings for the wider Pain Management Service to contribute to a psychological perspective on patient selection, ensure continuity of care, and feedback to the wider team.

Clinical delivery of the PPRP will be setup within a research framework to facilitate ongoing refinement of program content. The postholder will contribute to adoption of patient- and parent-reported outcome measures for assessment and monitoring, and evaluation of the degree and duration of benefit.

Evaluation of PPRP delivery and benefit will be supported by clinical academic research staff, and the postholder will contribute to related projects and publications and will have the opportunity to take roles for topics related to their specific interest and expertise.

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed. We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

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

GOSH Values


  • GOSH Values

Education and qualifications


  • Good honours degree in Psychology.
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology as accredited by, or equivalent to accreditation from the British Psychological Society & Health and Care Professionals Council
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council as Practitioner Psychologist


  • Post-doctoral training and recorded CPD experience and /or further qualifications in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice relevant to medical psychology



  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts and of working in a multicultural framework
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children and young people and child protection.
  • Experience in delivering evidence-based interventions for a range of child and adolescent mental health and physical problems


  • Experience of teaching or training.
  • Experience and expertise in working with adults or children who have chronic pain conditions.
  • Experience in family therapy, systems psychology, or working with parents of children with physical illness



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their carers, and other professionals.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to distressing situations and challenging behaviours
  • Evidence of skilled and productive multidisciplinary team working
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, including verbal abuse


  • Ability to administer, score and interpret a range of cognitive assessment tools

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust


Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street



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