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Clinical Psychologist - Neurodiversity

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
15 Mar 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Child Family Health Devon (CFHD) is the place to be! Our services for children and young people are transforming. We are developing an innovative, integrated model of childrens community services and looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated pathways. Come and join us in beautiful Devon!

In line with transformation, we are excited to be advertising a number of fantastic roles for Band 7 Clinical Psychologists including the opportunity to work within the highly skilled and innovative multi-disciplinary Neurodiversity Pathway across Devon.

Its an exciting time of change as we develop integrated, needs-led pathways under iThrive. We are passionate about our work and are committed to providing high quality services across Devon to improve outcomes for children and young people.

We would love to hear from qualifying colleagues and those with more experience seeking a new role in an innovative service at an exciting time of change.

In our Neurodiversity Pathway, we have opportunities across Devon in North (0.8wte) and Torbay & South (1.0wte).

Clinical Psychology roles are also being advertised in other pathways so please view additional CFHD adverts. If you wish to apply for more than one, please submit one form with your preferences / interest listed.

Relocation funds may be available for these roles.

Main duties of the job

As a Clinical Psychologist, you will offer high-quality psychological input to neurodiverse children and young people, their families and professional network. This includes complex assessment and intervention when there are significant and complex mental health supported by the pathway. You will bring advanced assessment skills, formulation, and diagnostic thinking to your team. You will collaborate with other pathways to support the most effective approach for children and young people to have consistent experiences of care.

There will be CPD opportunities to support you. These may be to consolidate and develop knowledge and skills or to support you in transferring skills from another specialism. We provide training for all staff in ADOS and standardised developmental history tools to support their assessments. We encourage interest from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences, both personal and professional.

You will have regular clinical supervision and line management. You will be supported with a job plan and opportunities to develop supervision, leadership, using research skills, and engage in 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 can consider applications for part-time as well as full-time roles, please note this on your form.

About us

Successful applicants will be employed by Devon Partnership Trust ( )

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. 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, in response to consultation with our service users and communities.

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

You will be a qualified Clinical Psychologist with passion for working with children, young people and families. You will have the knowledge and skills to undertake complex assessments and deliver evidence-based and outcome monitored psychological therapies. You will be a reflective practitioner with strengths to bring to a multi-disciplinary team and consultative work. You will be committed to service user participation and collaborative working with children, young people, parents, carers and families. You will have a good understanding of safeguarding across the lifespan. You will have, or be willing to develop skills and knowledge to support the development of others, such as supervision and training, as well as clinical leadership skills to contribute to quality improvement and service development.

Information regarding the different pathways is detailed below:

The Neurodiversity Pathway is a developing integrated pathway within CFHD. The Integrated Neurodiversity Team provides specialist assessment and intervention for children and young people and their families where the presenting need relates to neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Condition, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Tics and Tourette Syndrome.

The appointed Clinical Psychologists will become valuable members of the multi-disciplinary team working with colleagues including Clinical Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychiatry, Occupational Therapy and Mental Health Practitioners from a diverse range of backgrounds. This provides an opportunity to work in a team with a strong multidisciplinary ethos as well as collaborating with colleagues in other pathways and working in partnership with other agencies such as local Paediatric teams and education providers.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies
  • Experience of working with a range of children and young people with complex needs maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse
  • Experience of undertaking specialist psychological assessments and providing evidence based interventions, with the ability to work with complex needs and undertake risk assessments.
  • Experience in providing teaching and training
  • Experience of safeguarding children and ensuring the safety of young people in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Experience that evidences an ability to attend to diversity and work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Experience of managing and processing emotionally distressing information, seeking support as required


  • Experience in using neuropsychological assessments of cognitive functioning and/or learning disabilities in the context of diagnostic assessments of learning disabilities.
  • Experience of the assessment of capacity to consent and providing consultation to capacity assessments across a range of issues



  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Lescaze Offices

Shinner's Bridge




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