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Senior Clinical Psychologist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
22 Mar 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Child Family Health Devon (CFHD) has developed an innovative, integrated model of childrens community services and are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated pathways. Come and join us in beautiful Devon!

You will join a strong, enthusiastic and supportive group of professionals who will be your peers, your phone a friend network and your inspiring colleagues. This brings professional collaboration that will be an asset to your daily work, development, and support network.

We are seeking an experienced Clinical Psychologist to join us in a senior role (8a) in our Early Child Development Pathway, providing specialist complex assessment and intervention to children under 5 across Devon. We have a full-time vacancy available but can consider part-time requests.

Preceptorship opportunitynew/early qualified psychologists could be appointed to this role at band 7 under a preceptorship to work towards requirements for band 8a, subject to satisfactory completion of preceptorship process.

Its an exciting time of change as we develop our pathways under iThrive. We are passionate and committed to providing high quality services to improve outcomes for children and young people.

We would love to hear from colleagues who can bring advanced level clinical thinking and formulation, supervision skills, consultation and collaborative MDT working to this pathway at an exciting time of development.

Relocation fundsmay be available for this role.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Clinical Psychologist, you will be offering high-quality complex assessments and psychological input to children, young people and their families who access the support of this pathway. You will bring advanced formulation skills and consultation to your team alongside wider service development contributions.

There will be CPD opportunities to support your development and a commitment to supporting your career progression at this stage in relation to consolidating your supervisory role and leadership skills as well as further expanding your clinical knowledge and skills.

You will have regular clinical supervision and separate line management. You will be supported with a job plan with opportunities to use a breadth of skills including research and service development. There is a strong and friendly network of Clinical Psychologists working across CFHD, enjoying shared CPD and professional support. We also have excellent links with local Doctoral courses for teaching and Trainee placements.

We encourage interest from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences, both personal and professional.

We can consider part time interest, please discuss with us.

About us

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health which are provided by Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership Trust. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our children and young people say

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Senior Clinical Psychologist, you will be a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team, contributing to formal assessment and intervention with infants and young children who present with significant developmental delay in the context of complex medical needs, developmental trauma and attachment needs.

There will be opportunities to apply your experienced clinical skills in a breadth of work including the administration of complex formal assessment, the assessment of parent/child interaction, contributing to complex and integrated clinical formulations as well as develop skills in specialist parent/child intervention.

As a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Pathway you would provide supervision to others, both Clinical Psychology colleagues and others as appropriate. There would also be opportunity to develop your clinical leadership skills, leading others in areas such as audit, service development, project work and training as appropriate.

The appointed candidate will work jointly with, and provide consultation to, members of the multidisciplinary team and professionals from other agencies. The role would include working closely at an inter-agency level as required, contributing to processes including TAF and EHCP.

The Early Child Development Pathway is made up of a strong multi-disciplinary team including Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, and Early Years Practitioners. The pathway works closely with the physiotherapy service.

The Pathway is county-wide, which enables flexibility regarding the base alongside the recruitment of other posts, so long as the service needs are able to be met.

Main contacts:

Emma Walker- Operations Manager for Early Child Development Pathway

Dr Manu Davison - Principal Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Lead for the Early Child Development Pathway -

Person Specification



  • A Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent e.g. Masters level qualification in Clinical Psychology if qualified before 1996.
  • Active registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC.
  • Post qualification specialist therapy/assessment training relevant to children and young people.
  • Post qualification training or proven equivalent experience in supervision



  • Experience of undertaking specialist psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions for CYP with a wide variety of mental health problems and/or neurodiversity and/or learning disability, reflecting all levels of clinical severity including risk assessments of self-harming/dangerous/challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of teaching and/or training
  • Experience of delivering clinical supervision
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality


  • Experience of work in psychological interventions with children, young people and their families in a range of service settings or agencies Experience in undertaking leadership roles within clinical psychology services in the NHS, and in contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and clinical policies in multi-disciplinary, multi-agency contexts

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Specialist knowledge of child development and the impact of adverse childhood experiences.
  • Broad knowledge of psychological services and of the services in the NHS where psychology is applied to the needs of children and young people
  • Knowledge of psychometric assessment tools and their appropriate use
  • Detailed understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity, Section 25 of the Childrens Act)
  • Advanced psychological assessment and formulation skills including risk assessment.
  • Ability to travel across the geographical service area as required


  • Knowledge and experience of undertaking neurodevelopmental assessments, including Autism assessments

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Integrated Childrens Services

Fishleigh Road

Roundswell Business Park



EX31 3UD

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