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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 a year PA including Outer HCAS - Pro Rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This post is for a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist to join the First Step / First Step Plus Team.

First Step is an innovative and highly specialist psychological health screening and assessment servicefor Haringey's children and young people in care. The team is multidisciplinary with social work, clinical psychology, child psychiatry, systemic,and child psychotherapy representation. We are based at Bounds Green Health Centre in Haringey.

The service provides comprehensivepsychological health assessments to all children new into care in Haringey, as well as providing briefer assessments of children currently in care. It also works as FirstStep Plus, an expanding part of our service, with a small number of young people who have experienced multiple placement moves and instability in care and are unable to access a CAMHS. We offer consultation and network support to professionals with regards to children in care. We provide a time limited package of support for a small number of cases when the Courts have directed rehabilitation back home to birth families.

Assessments /interventions are undertaken in conjunction with other key professionals, including social workers, carers, LAC health colleagues and education staff.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of programmes of evidenced based care to a group of service users, conscious of their changing healthcare needs and varying levels of complexity, working collaboratively, with other clinicians and stakeholders. You will be required to work within a multi-disciplinary team delivering a range of outcome focused, evidence based, and complex interventions and responsible for the formulation and delivery of specialised programmes of care.

About us

The Community & Integrated Service

Our community and Integrated service line is home to all our services that work in the community or are integrated into community teams such as with the local authority or primary care. The service line is home to our core Community Camden CAMHS as well as adult primary care service in Hackney. The service line is fully multidisciplinary with teams that are staffed with Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Psychotherapy, Nursing and Family Therapy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the job description document for the full list of duties and responsibilities for this role.

Person Specification



  • Degree level as a minimum plus developed specialist and practical knowledge equating to postgraduate degree/ masters/doctorate level
  • Registration with HCPC or relevant body as a Clinical Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist



  • Evidence of clinical experience of working with looked after children, young people, and their networks. A clear track record of managing complexity and risk whilst maintaining high standards of service delivery.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the changing NHS and Social Care environment and the challenges they face
  • Experience of working at all levels of the system with internal and external stakeholders
  • Expertise of managing and treating the client group Some experience of clinical supervision


  • Some experience of clinical management of staff
  • Some experience of involvement in project work e.g. quality improvement



  • High level of skill and knowledge in safeguarding and risk management
  • Personal duty of care in relation to equipment or resources
  • Basic keyboard skills for updating client records
  • Ability to manage own clinical case load



  • Willingness to contribute to strategic and business planning
  • Skills for assessing and communicating complex client conditions and applying appropriate clinical treatments

Personal Attributes (Demonstrable)


  • Demonstrate equality, diversity and inclusion awareness and application of EDI issues
  • Proactive, positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • Ability to remain calm whilst under pressure
  • Flexible approach to working hours to meet Services needs



  • Ability to travel
  • Keyboard / IMT skills

Employer details

Employer name

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust


First Step Bounds Green Health Centre

Gordon Road


N11 2PA

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