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Clinical Psychologist

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum incl. of HCAs
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will provide a specialist clinical psychology service to children, young people and families referred to Lambeth Neurodevelopmental Pathway in Lambeth CAMHS.

The post holder will be a member of the Lambeth CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Pathway in River team (Tier 3).

Main duties of the job

The role involves specialist assessment, formulation and treatment for young people with Autism and Learning Disabilities within CAMHS. The post holder will offer individual therapeutic work to children, young people and families. The role will also involve advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to other members of the team.

There are specific opportunities to share clinical psychology specialist knowledge and skills about ASD and neurodevelopmental presentations. The post holder will support service development and enhance the offer for children and young people with mental health needs across Lambeth.

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 neurodevelopmental disorders and additional mental health needs. This will be based on the post holders good theoretical knowledge of psychological theories, up to date knowledge of literature and evidence-based practice to make formulations about clinical presentation and risk. 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 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 intervention. To manage your own caseload and provide evidence-based assessments and interventions to manage complex cases. 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. Conducting occasional observations of children in school. Use of self-report and other screening measures to assess for comorbid difficulties or aid in differential diagnosis. Teach and support parents and carers in building skills in managing and coping with behaviour that challenges, and to improve the parent-child relationship. To work in partnership with clinical colleagues in the team, and other agencies, to support integrated practice and service delivery. Consulting to other colleagues from other professional backgrounds in relation to children with neurodevelopmental difficulties. Liaison with schools, nurseries, social care and other professionals involved in childrens care. On occasion to contribute to the CAMHS duty system. To assess and support young people and families who present in crisis. To assess, support and to engage in risk planning for young people who have been recently presented to A & E with mental health concerns. 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 disability. To undertake service evaluation, audit and research. To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and 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 supervisor.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist


  • Additional Training specific to the clinical practice to work with children with ASD/LD
  • Additional training in ADOS, ADI, DISCO



  • Specialist 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.
  • Knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics
  • Knowledge 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
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care


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



  • Experience of clinical assessments, formulation and interventions with children and young people
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of client needs.
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of children with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in child and adolescent mental health
  • Experience in the use of assessment tools including the Wechsler Intelligence Scales
  • 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.


  • Evidence of advanced practice and clinical experience as a clinical psychologist working with children with ASD/LD
  • Evidence of 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



  • 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
  • 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
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self.


  • 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


Mary Sheridan Centre, Wooden Spoon House


SE11 4TH

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