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Specialist Clinical Psychologist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for thoughtful, compassionate and innovative Specialist Clinical Psychologist/ Counselling or Health Psychologist or Practitioner Psychologists. Therapeutic Practitioners from other disciplines who can compete at this level are also invited to apply. If you are keen to be at the forefront of a new multiprofessional service delivered in a paediatric health setting, please look at person specification and talk to us about whether you meet the criteria or whether you might be interested in a slightly or somewhat different role in the service.

The post holders will work within the proposed NHS Children and Young People Gender Service (South West) within the governance structure of the service and Psychological Health Services an 8a as part of an Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to develop, deliver and evaluate specified services provided by a range of clinicians and health professionals. Provision will include clinical services, research and quality improvement including dissemination, and training and consultation to other partner services and agencies. As well as providing services into the new clinical programme, expected to open in November 2024, the clinicians will work via Psychological Health Services to provide complex case input to other paediatric or staff support services.

(Cont'd under Detailed job description and main responsibilities )

Main duties of the job

  • To communicate effectively as part of provision of clinical psychology services to children and families within specified services
  • Direct and indirect clinical psychology care using appropriate professional protocols in line with the Clinical Governing Body (HCPC) and Trust standards guidelines.
  • Management of workload to meet job plan as discussed with consultant lead for medicine and long term conditions and head of service.
  • Use Quality Improvement methodology for service improvement
  • Maintain safe and efficient use of trust equipment and supplies.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients in the CYP Gender Service - South West presenting with medium to high level complexity.
  • To undertake, supervise and support research and development activity including the supervision of assistant and trainee psychologists and other research staff, as appropriate
  • To provide formal and informal teaching and training for other professionals on psychological knowledge and skills applicable in the direct and indirect care of young people with physical health conditions.
  • To participate in the clinical supervision and appraisal processes undertaken by UHB NHS Foundation Trust and Psychological Health Services utilising the knowledge and skills framework for this post.
  • To travel to meetings across the partner Trusts and other localities when required

Please see job description and enquire for further details

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

(Job overview cont.)

Psychological Health Services is an award-winning department, recognised for a commitment to leadership and the development of Trustwide psychological services.

As a university teaching trust research and quality improvement forms part of UHBW's mission to support excellence in delivery of patient care, alongside education and applied research of the highest quality.We are engaged in high profile national professional networks at a senior level across BPS, NHS and charitable sector organisations.

We have strong links to local and regional universities providing access to support research and clinical training with honorary appointment up to professorial level. Psychological Health Services has an expanding research portfolio and provide and support opportunities to develop this further.

Psychological Health Services take pride in their commitment to providing high quality and accessible CPD and access to skilled clinical and peer supervision. Examples of current CPD opportunities include monthly Trustwide departmental CPD meetings, journal clubs and an ACT supervision group. Our commitment to clinical excellence is reflected in our annual cycle of quality outcomes related to a wide portfolio of activity.

We work together to grow and shape the department we have a notice board style central point of communication to keep you up to date communicating via surveys about what matters to us all. Membership of departmental Service Delivery Groups (SDGs) give the opportunity to broaden skills and experiences and be involved in wider psychology initiatives.

As a large department Psychological Health Services provides clinical psychology services to a wide range of specialist multidisciplinary teams. Although the current recruitment is for a specific post, we welcome applications and enquiries from those who are interested in wider opportunities within our portfolio. We have a commitment in Paediatrics to collaborate with our colleagues as much as we can. This means we regularly offer advice and guidance to patients outside of our core patient group. This rewarding work is highly appreciated by the Trust.

As a way to support individual development, growth of expertise and service priorities, staff can benefit from opportunities to work into other clinical areas through discussion and planning with their line manager and head of service.This will be an element of the working lives of much of the staff group you would lead.

Appointment would take place after final commissioning agreement.

For a more detailed overview of the main responsibilities of the role please refer to the attached job description.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Doctorate in clinical psychology, Counselling psychology or equivalent
  • Current registration with HCPC


  • Additional training in a specialised area of psychological practice relevant to working with CYP with gender diversity.
  • Training course in clinical supervision

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of working with children/young people who present with gender distress
  • Post qualification experience of working as a practitioner psychologist providing psychological consultation, case management supervision and training to multi-professional and multi-agency teams
  • Post qualification experience of working as a practitioner psychologist undertaking consultation and service development work within a multi-disciplinary health setting
  • Formal teaching / presentation sessions to health and other professionals
  • Demonstrable understanding of the implications of acute and long term health conditions for children/young people and their families
  • Demonstrable knowledge of legislation and guidance pertaining to safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, consent, confidentiality and standards of psychological care within relevant NICE and other guidance
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Demonstrable understanding of the roles of a clinical psychologist within multi-professional health teams in relation to the young person/adult, the staff team and the organisation.
  • Evidence of having worked in an area of clinical practice relevant to CYP with gender diversity
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions for CYP with gender diversity
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment of common mental health difficulties experienced by CYP with gender diversity

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to assess the psychological needs of children, young people , adults and their families, including the use of cognitive and developmental psychometric tests
  • Ability to generate systemic and individual psychological formulations and interventions based on applying psychological theories and models to the complex information generated by the child, adult family, health and social care systems
  • Ability to access, record and manage information and data pertaining to the work undertaken in medical and psychology notes, data bases and electronic records as required
  • Ability to prioritise and manage available time for clinical work and professional activities effectively and safely
  • Able to travel to regional clinics, and meetings as required
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information
  • 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.
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data.
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate


  • To be skilled in the administration of psychometric and neuropsychological tests, including those that require complex manipulation of test materials.



  • Advanced communication skills with the ability to provide and receive highly complex and sensitive information to and from young people/adults in a culturally appropriate manner in highly emotive situations. This will include the ability to provide complex psychological information to staff in an accessible manner

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Upper Maudlin Street



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