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Senior Clinical Psychologist Neurodevelopmental Pathway

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and innovative Senior Clinical Psychologist to work within our Neurodevelopmental Pathway in Lambeth CAMHS.

The post holder will provide a highly specialist clinical psychology service to children, young people and families in our Tier 3 Neurodevelopmental Pathway in the Lambeth CAMHS River Team.

The post holder will offer highly specialist psychology service to children & young people families & carers including assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.

The team supports children and young people with complex mental health difficulties for e.g. anxiety, low mood, emotional and behavioural concerns, self-harm, behaviour that challenges, suspected and/or diagnosed neurodevelopmental concerns.

The post holder will provide a highly specialist clinical psychology service to Lambeth CAMHS including individual work for complex case, group work, consultation, support and training for junior staff within the service supervision for junior staff.

The role will also involve an opportunity for service development and enhance the offer for all children referred to Lambeth CAMHS, as well as a specialist remit to support service development with neurodevelopmental conditions.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have a specialist role in the Neurodevelopmental Pathway in Lambeth CAMHS. The post holder will provide specialist assessment, formulation, treatment and casework for children and young people with neurodevelopmental presentations alongside mental health needs.

The role will also involve advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to other members of the team.

Lambeth CAMHS River team is a friendly, dynamic and dedicated multidisciplinary team. The team includes CAMHS Practitioners with backgrounds in Nursing, Social Work, Art Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Child Psychotherapy, Family Therapy and Child Psychiatry. Close working relationships with members of the team and partnership agencies e.g. Social Services, Community Paediatrics, Education and others is essential. You will demonstrate an interest in multi-agency and multi-disciplinary work and be familiar with evidence-based practice, particularly for children with neurodevelopmental concerns. Applicants will be supported to work independently and have good clinical/therapeutic and case management skills.

About us

The London Borough of Lambeth has a population of 317,800 (GLA 2020). Lambeth's population is highly diverse, a characteristic visible in the breadth of ethnic and cultural traditions seen throughout the borough. It is estimated that 63% of the population describe their ethnicity as other than White British 23% describe their ethnicity as Black (11% Black African, 7% Black Caribbean and 5% Other Black), 22% White Other and 6% as Asian.The Annual population survey, estimates that a third of Lambeth's residents are non-UK born. Of these non-UK born, 40% are of wider European origin, 20% are of African origin and 20% of Central or South American origin. Nearly 150 languages are spoken as the first language in the homes of Lambeth school children. Portuguese, Spanish and Somali, are the most commonly spoken other languages in Lambeth.

Lambeth has a child and youth population aged 0-20 of almost 70,000. Over 50% of this number are 0 to 9 years old.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide specialist input to the assessment, formulation and treatment planning of children with complex mental health concerns as well as those with diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders and additional mental health needs. This will be based on the post holders specialist and advanced theoretical knowledge of psychological theories, up to date knowledge of literature and evidence-based practice to make formulations about clinical presentation and

To contribute to intake assessment clinics for a wide range of children and young people who present with mental health difficulties in Lambeth CAMHS. Service assessment clinics support children across the tiers of

To provide specialist clinical psychology skill, therapeutic input and consultation to other staff members to support their assessments and treatment planning. Children will have a range of presentations including anxiety, low mood, developmental and may have suspected or diagnosed neurodevelopmental

To be responsible for a specialist caseload for children will with moderate to severe learning disabilities and/or neurodevelopmental disorder (including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD), and additional mental health needs and/or behaviour that challenges.

To provide clinical interventions in line with NICE guidelines and according to treatment pathways in the service. Interventions will typically involve but not limited to CBT, DBT, PBS, systemic support, IPT. Interventions provided will be according to clinical need and presentation.

To undertake standardised cognitive assessments, producing psychometric reports, as and when required, to contribute to the formulation of a child or young person's difficulties from a neuropsychological perspective. Responsibility for the management of restricted test materials interpretation of findings of neuropsychological assessments and the provision of culturally appropriate reports of the findings and the implications of these. To supervise junior psychology staff in their administration, scoring and interpretation of cognitive assessments.

Conducting occasional observations of children in Use of self-report and other screening measures to assess for comorbid difficulties or aid in differential diagnosis. To support and consult to junior staff to use observational methods and interpret clinically relevant information to support formulation and treatment planning e.g. ADHD diagnostic assessments.

Teach and support parents and carers in building skills in managing and coping with behaviour that challenges, child mental health and to improve the parent-child

Consulting to other colleagues from other professional backgrounds in relation to children with neurodevelopmental Liaison with schools, nurseries, social care and other professionals involved in childrens care on issues of neurodiversity and mental health.

To share psychological knowledge and skills. To offer teaching and training sessions to a range of audiences such as parents, allied health professionals, CAMHS colleagues on areas of psychological specialism e.g. clinical interventions to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or learning To offer specialist consultations on neurodiversity and mental health for the broader River team. To support junior colleagues to implement psychological knowledge and skill to achieve good clinical outcomes. To work in partnership with clinical colleagues in the team, and other agencies, to support integrated practice and service delivery.

To act as a duty Senior Clinician. To support junior staff on duty when issues of clinical complexity, clinical safety and/or safeguarding needs arise. To partake in the CAMHS duty system when necessary.

To support and collaborate with other senior management staff to review and support treatment pathways for new referrals to the service.

To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.

To take a role of clinical leadership within the service to support service development and enhance the offer for children and young people who attend the service, with a specific remit to support children with neurodevelopmental conditions.

To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.

To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.

To work as an autonomous professional within HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct and be guided by the policies and procedures of the service, taking responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions with support of clinical

Person Specification



  • oDoctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent.
  • oRegistered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist.


  • Additional Training specific to the clinical practice to work with children with ASD/LD
  • Additional Training specific to the clinical practice to work with children with complex mental health needs



  • oSpecialist and transferable psychological skills and knowledge of the theory and evidence base relevant to work with child and young people with moderate to severe learning disabilities and/or neurodevelopmental disorder (including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD), and additional mental health needs and/or challenging behaviour. (A/I)
  • oKnowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics.
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities including the Children Act, child protection procedures, and the Mental Health Act.
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • oKnowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care. (A/I) o


  • Specialist advanced knowledge of the clinical and practice issues for children with ASD/LD and/or CAMHS presentations



  • Experience of clinical assessments, formulation and interventions with children and young people (A/I) o
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of client needs. (A/I) o
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of children with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in child and adolescent mental health o
  • Experience in the use of assessment tools including the Wechsler Intelligence Scales (A/I) o
  • Experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience. (A/I) o


  • Evidence of advanced practice and clinical experience as a clinical psychologist working with children with ASD/LD and/or CAMHS presentations
  • Experience of supervising junior clinical staff working with children with ASD/LD and/or CAMHS presentations
  • Evidence of service development, leadership, QI projects
  • Evidence of teaching, training and presenting complex clinical information to a range of client groups, stakeholders and professionals



  • To deliver psychological therapy in at least two models of psychological therapy including adapted cognitive behavioural therapy for children and young people with neurodevelopmental difficulties and across cultural and other differences.
  • To select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources
  • To be skilled in the administration of psychometric and neuropsychological tests, including those that require complex manipulation of test materials.
  • Consultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups within own service
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups


  • Advanced skill as a clinical psychologist to adapt therapeutic work for children with neurodiverse presentations and/or CAMHS presentations



  • Proven ability to engage therapeutically with the client group, using a range of therapeutic interventions
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate
  • oAbility to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychological interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during thes
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour


  • Advanced ability to work with diverse populations
  • Advanced ability to offer therapeutic support to children and families with complex presentations.

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Lambeth CAMHS

Mary Sheridan Centre


SE11 4TH

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