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Clinical Psychologist - Learning Disabilities and Autism

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum (Pro Rata)
Closing date
26 May 2024

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This role is open to current clinical psychologists/year 3 psychology trainees.

The post offers an exciting and varied opportunity to be part of an innovative specialist learning disability and autism teams. This is a band 7 role for a clinical psychologist. The Specialist Community Service for Learning Disabilities and Autism ( SCS-LDA)is a city-wide community team of learning disability nurses, clinical psychologists and speech and language therapists. The team provides a clinical service to children and young people with severe learning disabilities and/or complex autism.

This post is based in south Manchester, where the Early Years social communication pathway offers its innovative service delivery

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will play a key role indelivering group work and will be clinically responsible on behalf of CAMHS for families seen within these groups. They will be trained in Positive Behaviour Support (to level of PBS coach) and will be responsible for developing and delivering Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plans independently. Due to the level of independent working and management of high levels of risk, the postholder is expected to have experience of working with this client group and of managing complex cases. The post-holder duties will include contributing to multi-agency liaison, consultation and training of other professionals as appropriate. The post-holder will be expected to be part of the ongoing co-production of services in Manchester.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form. Diversity MattersMFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Doctoral degree or equivalent accepted by the British Psychological Society as qualifying the person to work as a clinical psychologist
  • Registration as a clinical psychologist with the Health Professions Council


  • ADOS trained
  • Certificate in supervision skills
  • Additional post graduate training in psychological therapies and interventions



  • Significant experience of working with children and young people with autism and social communication difficulties
  • Relevant experience and training in multi-disciplinary assessments of ASD in children and adolescents
  • Proven experience of working effectively with people with mental health difficulties, including autonomous management of a complex caseload which frequently deals with distressing and emotional circumstances
  • Experience of working with hard to reach diverse community groups and individuals with emerging complex needs, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and safeguarding
  • Experience of assessing and managing risk: including safeguarding
  • Experience of developing and providing evidenced based assessments, formulations, and care plans and effective use of ROMS
  • Experience of liaison and working with a range of other relevant agencies and professionals, including managing difficult conversations and differences of opinion
  • Experience in teaching and training staff from other professional groups in psychological skills and concepts
  • Understanding of the principles of Clinical Governance and a willingness to follow Trust Policy and Procedures


  • Experience of providing a variety of interventions for children and young people with mental health problems and their families
  • Community mental health experience across a variety of settings
  • Experience of working in a parent infant mental health setting
  • Experience/certification in the Incredible Years parenting programme
  • Experience/certification in Video interaction guidance
  • Experience of mentoring and supervision of others, including supporting the mental health and wellbeing of junior staff and trainees



  • Up to date knowledge of child mental health and relevant legislation
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in delivery of evidence-based practice and the ability to demonstrate how this influences clinical practice
  • The ability to assess, formulate and manage care appropriately, ensuring discharge is timely
  • The ability to select, use and interpret assessment tools and outcome measures / ROMs effectively and in collaboration with the child, young person, and family
  • Ability to integrate psychological theories and outcome data with clinical practice and service provision
  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate appropriate therapeutic interventions with children across the age range and their parents/carers
  • Highly developed communication skills with the ability to provide and receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information and overcome barriers to acceptance with children, parents and professionals
  • To be able to function as a part of a multi-disciplinary team and to liaise effectively with other agencies i.e., education, GP's, maintaining positive working relationships
  • The ability to work with people from a range of different backgrounds, cultures and or different ages
  • To be able to provide feedback and constructive guidance to junior members of the team and trainees to facilitate their personal and professional development
  • The ability to reflect on and critically appraise own performance.
  • To have the ability to manage own caseload and act as lead practitioner
  • Ability to manage and organise own time and work flexibly and creatively in a clinical context and pressurised situations
  • The ability to follow policy and make proposals for change
  • The ability to work independently with the support of clinical and management supervision
  • The ability to maintain clinical records both written and electronic
  • The ability to cope with stressful situations including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the case of highly emotive and distressing problems


  • Experience of delivering training
  • Experience of audit and research
  • Delivery of group work and workshops
  • Advanced IT skills
  • Experience of supervising junior staff

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


The Bridge, North Manchester CAMHS

Madison Place


M40 5BP

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