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Clinical Psychologist

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Some roles will attract fringe HCAS
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you keenly interested in Autism and/or learning disability (LD) in Children and Young People (CYP)? Do you like working with families? Do you want to be part of supportive and reflective multi-disciplinary teams?

Additional funding allows us to recruit 1.0 wte permanent Band 8a Clinical Psychologists who bring strong skills / experience in Autism and/or LD to PALMS and the multidisciplinary Autism Assessment Service. Preceptorships will be considered.

We have opportunities for dynamic and passionate clinicians to provide intervention and assessment to CYP of all ages who may be autistic or have a LD. HCT is working with system partners to implement a transformed pathway for neurodivergent CYP. The vision is to ensure CYP and their families access early support, advice, and information including timely provision of diagnostic assessments and specialist intervention where clinically needed. We are innovative and flexible teams developing neuro-affirmative practices.

Main duties of the job

You will work:
  • in both PALMS and the Autism Assessment Service
  • closely with the MDTs/other agencies to provide intervention / diagnostic assessments

The ideal candidate will be:
  • experienced in providing assessment / intervention to CYP who are autistic and/or have LD
  • experienced in autism assessment or be willing to undertake specialist training
  • able to provide supervision to assistant psychologists or other members of the MDT
  • highly professional when working in settings that can be highly emotive
  • flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
  • able to work in a team environment and autonomously

We offer you:
  • regular clinical and professional supervision
  • personal development planning and continuing professional development
  • support in transitioning into your new post
  • opportunities to work closely with a MDT, which includes other psychologists
  • involvement in service development including clinical audits, project work and service forums

About us

  • A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
  • You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff
  • We put our service users, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities
  • Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision
  • We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages
  • We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a permanent post in Hertfordshire. The base will be agreed to meet service needs and demand. There might also be an opportunity for a proportion of your time to be home working (to be discussed with your manager).

In addition to the basic salary, this post will attract a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum and a maximum payment per annum, pro rata where applicable, depending on base.

For this role you will need to have a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for more specific information about this role.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

Are you interested in developing your skills further? If so, apply now to be part of this friendly and forward-thinking trust.

Full time/part time working patterns/secondments will be considered.

Interviews to be held on 26th March 2024

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Suzie Gratton, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Autism Assessment Service mob: 07920 751966.

Dr Anna Dillon, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, PALMS mob: 07831 809888

Person Specification

Essential & Desirable


  • Registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
  • Formal training in supervision of trainee clinical psychologist
  • Significant experience of working with people with a learning disability and with people with an Autistic Spectrum disorder in a range of settings and/or significant experience of working with children and young people.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole course of presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of supervision of trainee and / or assistant clinical psychologists.
  • ADOS for the assessment and diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders or willingness to train.
  • Experience of the use of the ADI- R or 3DI for the assessment and diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders or willingness to train.
  • 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


  • Experience of service quality monitoring i.e. clinical audit, evaluative research etc
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Experience of working within a narrative framework
  • Experience of applied behaviour analysis and positive behaviour support.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Peace Childrens Centre

Peace Prospect


WD17 3EW

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