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Principle Clinical Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Nottingham / Nottinghamshire
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

CAMHS Principle Clinical Psychologist , Nottinghamshire ASD Assessment Pathway.

As a result of developments supporting both local and national strategy in the transformation of ASD diagnostic assessment we have an exciting opportunity for a highly specialist clinical psychologist seeking to develop both clinical and leadership expertise. The post holder will lead a specialist psychology provision as part of an integrated multiagency pathway for ASD diagnostic assessment across Central Nottinghamshire (Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark & Sherwood). A key aspect of the post will be to support the development of an integrated multiagency provision together with commissioners and partner agencies so that it aligns with existing interagency provision across the Nottinghamshire area. You will be part of a developing County/City wide hub including a similar lead post for the Nottingham City area and an established Neurodevelopmental Assessment provision covering the North Nottinghamshire, Bassetlaw area.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide highly specialist clinical psychology expertise through consultation and direct assessment as part of a multiagency assessment pathway for children and young people up to 19 years regarding possible ASD often in the context of complex social care, mental health and or learning needs. You will also contribute to the early intervention assessment triage for new referrals, providing consultation and advice for those complex referrals where ASD has been queried but where additional complexities such as social care and relational trauma needs may indicate an alternative formulation and a more appropriate recommendation for support / intervention in the first instance.

There will be a strong emphasis on clinical leadership with post holders supporting pathway evaluation providing regular reports for service managers and commissioners, advising where appropriate on service needs and future development.

Post holders are required to hold a post graduate doctorate or equivalent in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS and have Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration. Experience in delivering ASD assessment across a broad age range is essential. Knowledge and experience of a range of models of assessment, formulation and treatment of complex and severe mental health needs will also be important. Experience in planning and leading on the delivering of service pathways is also desirable.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will also join an integrated, friendly, and supportive group of 24 Psychologists working across the Nottingham City and County conurbation multi-disciplinary CAMHs. There are good opportunities for CPD, strong mechanisms for support and good links with the DClinpsy courses at Trent, Sheffield and Leicester University.
  • To make highly skilled decisions, recommendations & advise within multiagency consultation about future assessment & treatment options taking into account information and assessment findings from a range of different data sources.
  • To provide direct specialist psychological assessments of children & young people where there are concerns relating to social communication and interaction based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological (and neuropsychological) tests, with clients, family members and others involved in the childs care.
  • To coordinate & lead the MDT assessment panel discussion where indicated for children and young people where there maybe developmental concerns within the context of complex, multifactorial factorial presentations of need and where expert opinion may differ.
  • To ensure comprehensive assessment of ASD for all cases in line with NICE guidance and local protocol, ensuring the use of multiple sources of information and consideration of alternative formulation of need where indicated including intellectual disability, relational needs and or developmental trauma.
  • To advise on any clinical risk identified as part of assessment activity and to direct to the appropriate service for further support.
  • To ensure comprehensive verbal and written feedback to both families and agencies supporting children, which will inform recommendations for local Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision and also future care plans provided at a multiagency level.
  • To provide a highly expert assessment where opinion regarding a childs needs may differ across the CAMHS and other agencies.
  • To provide appropriate support structures through supervision and consultation to the MDT Assessment panel and wider support networks around complex presentation where ASD may be diagnosed within the context of multiple contributing factors including intellectual disability, mental health and social care needs, with a view to providing a more comprehensive formulation / understanding of need

  • We would also consider applications from candidates seeking part time hours.

    Person Specification



    • Post graduate doctorate in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS
    • Current Registration with the HCPC


    • Additional training in relation to supervision of unqualified and qualified staff



    • Further specialist training in the diagnostic assessment of children & young people with Autism / ASD.
    • Advanced knowledge, experience and expertise gained in at least one specialist area of clinical practise gained though post-qualification specialist training and supervised practise (e.g. Psychotherapy, neuropsychology, Attachment Therapy, Clinical Supervision)
    • Training in Cognitive Assessment e.g. psychometric testing of children with complex developmental concerns.


    • Further relevant post qualification training including psychological models of assessing and treating developmental trauma.
    • Further training in the assessment of comorbid neurodevelopmental presentations e.g. ADHD



    • Extensive experience in the assessment of children & young people where there may be underlying Autism / ASD in line diagnostic criterion and NICE guidelines
    • Experience of assessment of children/ young people & their families presenting with a broad range of mental health needs both in terms of severity and complexity, where there may be multiple contributing factors to understanding their presentation & informing further treatment.
    • Experience in the specific assessment and formulation of both child and adult attachment.
    • Experience of offering a consultation model to supporting the MDT and wider network around the child.
    • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary, multi-agency working.
    • Provision of clinical supervision and training to psychologists and practitioners from other professional groups


    • Experience of coordinating MDT assessment.
    • Experience of clinical audit and/or service evaluation
    • Experience of staff training.



    • Knowledge of assessment approaches to exploring possible ASD in the context of mental health and relational needs.
    • Knowledge of the Diagnostic criterion using DSM 5 or ICD11 in the application of ASD assessment.
    • Knowledge of NICE guidance in the assessment of ASD in children and young people where there may be additional mental health or social care needs
    • Detailed knowledge of a range of models of assessment, formulation, management and treatment of mental health difficulties & relational trauma across a broad age range 0-19 years.
    • Knowledge of the Safeguarding protocol



    • To communicate in skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment options of clients.
    • Specialist skills in engaging with clients with complex communication needs and clinical presentations.
    • Research and Audit skills to evidence the efficacy of specialist interventions, in conjunction with partner providers, service managers and to evaluate patient experience including the development of appropriate outcomes measure for the service.


    • Research & or Audit activity applied within a Specialist Childrens health setting.
    • Supervision of audit & research activity within a specialist CAMHS setting.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust



    Pebble Bridge Foster Drive, Mansfield Road Nottingham

    Nottingham / Nottinghamshire

    NG5 3FL

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