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Band 8b Clinical Psychologist - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 8B
Part Time
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We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person to join the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service (BASS) - a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency team working with autistic adults across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset. The post-holder will contribute to a range of activities, but their main priority will be to occupy the role of clinical lead for the BASS post-diagnostic service. This will essentially involve them leading the development and delivery of a range of innovative, evidence-based interventions to improve the lives of local autistic people, as well as having a lead role in setting the strategic direction of the service. The post-holder will also lead a small clinical psychology team within BASS, undertake diagnostic assessments, and will contribute to other areas of service provision as required.

Main duties of the job

The primary focus of the post will be to lead the development, implementation and evaluation of a specialist, post-diagnostic support service for autistic people and their families and carers. This will involve leading a number of service improvement projects alongside an experienced team of autism professionals, including: the development and implementation of a holistic, psychologically-informed post-diagnostic service, the supervision of an ICS-wide autism social prescribing project, and the development and evaluation of a pilot for an autism-specific psychological therapies service.

The successful candidate will also be involved in the provision of a range of other services undertaken by the team, including: providing complex diagnostic assessments, facilitating supervision, case discussions and reflective practice sessions with the wider MDT, training and supervision of other professionals across the care pathway, as well as undertaking clinical audit and research & development. The post-holder will also be a key member of the BASS senior management team and will have a role in the ongoing development, strategic direction and operational management of the service.

Experience of working with autistic adults is essential, as is a commitment to working with, and advocating for this client group. Excellent interpersonal communication and written skills and a track record of successful service development are key to this role.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust)a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

AtAWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

To lead the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of highly specialist post-diagnostic interventions for local autistic people and their families and carers

To provide clinical leadership to a very experienced, highly specialist team of health and social care professionals

To undertake highly specialist, complex diagnostic assessments to service users suspected of having autism

To provide specialist consultation, liaison and training to frontline health, social care and criminal justice staff across a large integrated care system

To lead, manage and supervise a team of highly specialist clinical psychologists within the wider service

To communicate, for prolonged periods of time, highly complex and sensitive information to service users and carers, including psychological formulations and intervention options

To lead case discussion, reflective practice and clinical supervision to the BASS MDT, as appropriate

To participate in regular clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by BASS in accordance with good practice guidelines

To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems

To fully observe the BPS (2006) Code of Ethics & Conduct and the DCP (1995) Professional Practice Guidelines

To maintain and further develop high standards of clinical psychology practice, through co-operative work with other clinical psychologists and peer supervision.

To be aware of, and adhere to, Trust and Psychology Service Policies and Procedures.

To provide teaching, training and supervision for other health professionals and external agencies in psychological assessment, formulation and intervention for complex clients with autism spectrum disorder and severe and enduring mental health problems.

To contribute to teaching on a range of psychological approaches and professional issues to the Clinical Psychology Regional Training Courses

To contribute to the teaching and training of staff in AWPT and partner organisations on autism spectrum disorder, and the range of psychological approaches and theories.

To lead service development work around the BASS post-diagnostic support service, including strategic direction, operational management, and commissioner liaison.

To provide psychological knowledge and skills to health and social care professionals to support team and service development.

To participate in continuous professional development through attendance at training events and personal study to update knowledge of the evidence base for best clinical practice.

To support the clinical lead in the implementation of effective Clinical Governance, and to participate in Clinical Governance processes across Specialised Services.

To liaise with other disciplines and agencies working with adults with autism spectrum disorder to ensure that best practice is shared, and to promote the use of effective psychological interventions.

To regularly undertake research and audit in areas relevant to the work of BASS and disseminate results.

To offer advice and supervision to other health and social care professionals engaged in research and audit relevant to the client group.

Further details:

For an informal discussion after you have read the Job Description, please Dr Alison Cape (Specialist Psychiatrist) on (01275) 796249, or by email at

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology qualification
  • Extensive knowledge of the use of specialist therapeutic interventions with autistic adults
  • Experience of undertaking complex autism diagnostic assessments
  • Experience of developing and delivering service improvement projects
  • Experience of providing supervision to colleagues in a multi-disciplinary team

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