Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year pro rata per annum HCAS inclusive
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Band 7
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit a Band 7 Clinical Psychologist to a 1 yr fixed term post within the paediatric psychology department at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. This is a full-time post to cover maternity leave, with the possibility of extension after the year.

This post would suit both clinical psychologists already working at Band 7 or clinical psychologists due to qualify in October this year. Experience of working in paediatric psychology is desirable, but not essential.You will be supervised by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

You will have an interest in applying a range of psychological models in a flexible way, working directly with children, young people and their families. There will be indirect work via liaison and consultation with multidisciplinary teams and external agencies. Part of your role may include staff support, providing debriefs and regular reflective practice to teams, as well as MDT teaching.

You will be joining an established team of experienced paediatric psychologists at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and trainee placements are regularly provided for the North Thames training courses. There are monthly meetings with colleagues working within the wider CNWL Paediatric Psychology Section, providing CPD and creating a large supportive network of Paediatric Psychologists working in 7 acute hospitals across northwest London, in addition to regular meetings with the other CNWL paediatric psychologists working in paediatric diabetes.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to patients being seen within the Paediatric and Neonatal Services at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust across all sectors of care; providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers.

0.5wte of the post would be working as an integrated member of the well established paediatric multidisciplinary diabetes service at the hospital and the remaining 0.5wte would be to work with children, young people & their families being seen within general paediatric service. Both roles would include the provision of inpatient and outpatient services.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

About us

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital is a large teaching hospital offering secondary and tertiary level medical services to ethnically and socio-economically diverse populations. Clinical Psychology services are provided to the Paediatric inpatient units, including neonates, and Paediatric Outpatients, including dedicated psychology for specialist paediatric teams, including diabetes, gastroenterology, oncology, orthopaedic, plastics & burns.

The Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) is responsible for the provision of Child and Adolescent Mental health Services (CAMHS) to the populations of Brent, Hillingdon, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Milton Keynes, as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to other Trusts and Agencies, and to a wider regional catchment area.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of psychological care plans including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

Person Specification Training & Qualification Essential
  • 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.
  • Registration with the HCPC-practitioner psychologist-domain of clinical psychology
  • Training and qualifications in a relevant field of applied psychology/research methodology.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including child, young people and their families.
  • Pre and/or post qualification experience of working in a paediatric psychology team
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervising
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • 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 offering consultation/reflective practice within multidisciplinary acute health setting
Other Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • 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.

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