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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 Per Annum (Pro Rata for Part Time)
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to the development of a new young people's gender service, there is an exciting opportunity for an Principal Clinical Psychologist (Band 8b) to join The Nottingham Young people's Gender Service (NYGS) at the forefront of delivering care and support to young patients. You will receive in-depth training and clinical supervision whilst working with our experienced nurses and MDT within a forward thinking and supportive NHS Trust.

NYGS are recruiting to a new team comprising Consultant Psychiatrist, Paediatrics, Advanced Clinical Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Psychologists and Research assistants. You will have the opportunity to work with a progressive team leading the way nationally and international in children and young people's Transgender Health.

NYGS is a multi-disciplinary service offering psychological support to young people on the gender affirming medical pathway and looked after by the adolescent endocrinologist service, some of them will be awaiting to or prescribed hormone blockers or hormones by the NHS following an assessment by the Gender Identity Development Service.

Main duties of the job

The new service will provide multi-disciplinary care and support to young people aged from 11 to (and including) 17 years old who are about to receive or currently receiving gender affirming medical treatment from the Specialist Paediatric Endocrinology services (SPES) which is the endocrinology arm of the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDs) which will be closing on the 31st of March 2024.

This new service (NYGS) service will work to NHS England's published interim service specification for specialist gender incongruence services for children and young people (Interim Service Specification).

NYGS will sit within the established NCTH Network which provides the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health Adult Service, the East of England Gender Service, the Linked Clinic activity with Indigo Gender Service and the Linked Clinic activity with the Sussex Gender Service.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder is an experienced Principal Clinical Psychologist and requires the post holder to undertake diagnostic assessments for suitability and readiness for gender affirming medical interventions. The post holder will also undertake psychological assessments and therapeutic work including individual and group therapy work, their families, consultation to other staff members, supervision and training of others, clinically relevant research/audit and specific roles that will support with Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for Psychology and Psychotherapy, Clinical Lead, Clinical Director, and Service Manager in developing NYPGS.

Liaison with a broad range of other disciplines and agencies, including specialist endocrinology services, CAMHS, Paediatrics, Social Care, Primary Care and also the delivery of education and supervision will be a key aspect of this post.

The role will be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team.

Person Specification



  • Psychology degree or equivalent, conferring GBC status.
  • Post graduate doctorate in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Current registration with HCPC


  • PG Cert or PGDIP in Gender Identity Medicine
  • Additional training in relation to supervision of unqualified and qualified staff.



  • Evidence of CPD
  • Advanced training and application of expertise in at least one specialist area


  • Further relevant post qualification training



  • Significant experience as a qualified Clinical Psychologist
  • Experience in assessment and formulation
  • Experience in assessment and management of clinical risk.
  • Experience of working psychologically with gender diverse children and young people and of interventions with individuals and care systems.
  • Experience of working psychologically with young people and of interventions with families and the systems around them
  • Experience of working with neurodiverse children and young people and of interventions with families and the systems around them
  • Experience of working within teams as part of an MDT approach to delivering interventions / therapy.
  • Experience of offering a consultation model to supporting the MDT and wider network around the patent.
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary, multi-agency working.
  • Provision of clinical supervision and training to psychologists and practitioners from other professional groups


  • Experience of staff training
  • Experience of clinical audit and/or service evaluation
  • Publication in peer-reviewed research journals



  • Broad understanding of theories and interventions relevant to gender diverse children and young people and transgender healthcare.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Presentation and teaching skills
  • Knowledge of the Safeguarding protocol
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the Trust's Equality and Diversity principles relevant to the post and practice in a gender affirming manner in line with WPATH SOC 8.


  • Critical awareness of current themes in transgender healthcare policy and research
  • Knowledge of the principal models of care in transgender healthcare
  • Experience in providing transgender healthcare, including psychological assessment, recommendations for gender affirming treatment and psychological therapies



  • Specialist skills in establishing and developing therapeutic relationships with clients with complex clinical presentations
  • To communicate in skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment options of clients.
  • Use of psychometric test equipment
  • Research and Audit skills to evidence the efficacy of specialist interventions, in conjunction with partner providers, service managers and to evaluate patient experience including the development of appropriate outcomes measure for the service.


  • Experience of the use of formal diagnostic tool, such as ADOS, ADI-R and WAIS

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


3 Oxford Corner



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