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Clinical Psychologist

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata if part time
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are seeking to recruit a full-time permanent clinical psychologist to provide a clinical psychology service to children and their families referred to the neurodisability team at Ryegate Children's Centre which is part of Sheffield Children's Hospital. There are also available 1.5 WTE clinical psychologist posts on a fixed-term basis of 12 months, with the possibility that some or all of the hours will become permanent in the future.

The persons appointed will provide assessment and treatment to children, as well as advice and consultation to professional colleagues. We welcome applications from both current trainees who are due to qualify in the next year and more experienced Band 7s who may be looking for a new challenge.

We are looking for a candidate with specialist interest and experience of working with children with neurodevelopmental difficulties and their families. Experience of working within a specialist Neurodisability Team (particularly autism spectrum disorders) would be advantageous but not essential. Work in the Neurodisability service may include contributing to the assessment of autism spectrum disorders (e.g. via school observations), undertaking cognitive assessments, and running group and individual interventions with children and young people who have a range of neurodevelopmental difficulties. We would welcome both full-time and part-time applications.

37.50 hours permanent 37.50 and 18.75 (or a variation on this) fixed term contracts.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems in the context of the family and wider system, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis and treatments.

To coordinate, where appropriate, the intervention plans in respect of children and young people, taking responsibility for initiating planning and reviews with the young people, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information please see the attached job description and person specification.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are currently reviewing our recruitment & selection process and are looking to make our job adverts more inclusive. This will support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. If you have any ideas in how we can make our recruitment & selection process more inclusive, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Experience - in addition to a single training placement - of clinical work with children and families with health-care needs.
  • Registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist (or other domain title as agreed)


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions with children and young people, and their families
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of child mental health and wellbeing problems, across the whole age range, reflecting all levels of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working with children and young people in a range of clinical settings
  • Experience of working with children and families within the area of work specific to this post

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • 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
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Some knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, eating disorders, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in children within the post's specific client group

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Commitment to multi-disciplinary team working - a team player


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


SCH Ryegate Children's Centre

Tapton Crescent Road


S10 5DD

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