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Lead Clinical Psychologist (Weight Management) - Band 8b

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you an experienced & creative Clinical Psychologist, passionate about service innovation & development? We are seeking an enthusiastic & compassionate Clinical Psychologist interested in weight management to lead a brand-new multidisciplinary team of professionals (Consultant Paediatrician, Nurse, Dietician, Family Support Worker) providing whole family support for children & young people (CYP) living with severe and/or complex obesity in Gloucestershire.

This is an exciting opportunity for the post holder to drive innovation throughout CYPS, leading on the development & implementation of an integrated service working alongside Gloucestershire's community weight management provider.

You will demonstrate strong leadership skills, have extensive experience of multiagency working & a proven track record of delivering high quality psychological interventions. Be committed to developing a culture of trauma informed & compassionate thinking, provide leadership & supervision to a dynamic team. You will have experience of working within a physical health/paediatric context & be able to confidently manage the demands that flow through a developing clinical service.

You will take a lead role in ensuring this forward thinking service is psychologically informed, demonstrating competence in consultation, training, supervision & committed to promoting psychological thinking with the team.

Main duties of the job

  • Take a lead role in service design bringing together key children's services across the community, health, education & social care to co-develop a weight management offer that fully considers the holistic needs of the CYP/ family.
  • Increase the confidence of professionals across the system to support CYP living with obesity in a consistent, compassionate & non-stigmatising way.
  • Provide specialist assessment & treatment recommendations for CYP accessing the service. CYP may have diverse, complex health needs & complex trauma presentations.
  • Manage referrals, maintain waiting lists, take autonomous management of their own caseload, where necessary, support team members to manage challenging workloads.
  • Provide line management support to the Senior Administrator.
  • Harness a strong team ethic, developing healthy & collaborative working relationships with & between Consultants, Specialist Nurses, Dietitians, community partners & relevant special interest groups. Working to offer co-delivered and personalised support closer to home, where possible.
  • Increase understanding around the scale & complexity of 'need' throughout the clinical & community identifying where CYP & their families exist to inform projected demands for 2024/2025 service delivery. Work in consultation with commissioners & other psychological services for children with health needs in the county to produce Business Cases to meet growing needs.
  • Use research skills to inform the audit & evaluation of the Service.

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Our Staff Survey results showed people at our Trust feel they are engaged, part of a team and work for a compassionate and inclusive organisation.

Our overall scores were better than average in eight of nine themes and level in one - the best overall results for a community, mental health and learning disabilities Trust in the south west and first equal amongst all sector NHS providers within the region too.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

*The role is a permanent position with GHC CAMHS, although may be subject to redeployment pending the continuation of the CYP Specialist Weight Management Service*

Person Specification



  • Post Graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology or other relevant Applied Psychology as accredited by the B.P.S and conferring eligibility for HPC Registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Evidence of formal post graduate learning within a CAMHS setting.


  • Relevant child focused therapeutic training.

Length and/or Nature of Experience


  • Demonstrate broad range of post qualification experience working at an expert level in an autonomous capacity, with extensive experience of providing clinically expert, high quality, safe and effective assessment, formulation and interventions for children and young people.
  • Receipt of at least 50 hours clinical supervision while working at a highly specialist level in a directly relevant area and in an increasingly autonomous capacity
  • Demonstrate extensive experience and clinical expertise in delivering evidence based/best practice clinical interventions within CAMHS or paediatrics.


  • oExperience of working in a health psychology context oExperience of working with children and young people with health conditions oExperience of working with children and young people with excess weight oPostgraduate qualification in Health Psychology oExperience of facilitating group work with young people

Professional /Managerial/ Specialist Knowledge


  • Expert knowledge of lifespan developmental child and adolescent psychology (including psychometrics) including current evidence-based practice.
  • The knowledge may have been developed in a variety of ways. Appropriate evidence could include relevant research, publications or outcomes of previous work in the specialism.
  • Demonstrate clinical expertise and expert clinical formulation and reasoning regarding a range of evidenced-based professional interventions, including current best practice related to a CAMHS/ Paediatrics setting, including the therapeutic use and application of CAMHS specific interventions, i.e. CBT, DBT, family therapy


  • Experience of supporting the recruitment, selection and development of new staff.

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust






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