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Clinical Psychologist - Band 8a

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical Psychologist - Autism Intensive Support Team - Band 8a. Applicants at Band 7 looking to seek perceptorship opportunity will also be considered.

Base: Coventry however as part of your role you will be required to travel throughout Coventry and Warwickshire. This role also incorporates remote and agile working.

37.5 hours per week, part time also considered.

To support families at key times, some work may be required outside of usual office hours.

Main duties of the job

Your role will entail working directly with children, young people, adults and the people involved in their lives or care. Experience of working with both children and adults who have mental health needs and autism is essential.

The people referred to our service have complex needs, e.g., enduring behaviour which challenges, self-injurious, aggressive, or violent behaviour, or other risky presentations which could lead to harm to themselves or others. Understanding these needs, risks, and behaviours within the context of our service user's lived experiences and their autism or neurodiversity is the foundation of our work. We use team formulations and a positive behaviour support framework to help us to do this. Wherever possible, we strive to develop tools and resources, such as personal profiles, to support an understanding of needs. All work is delivered using the principles of person centered practice. You will have a key role in these processes, along with specialist assessments, interventions, and evaluations, which will involve working to understand relationships within families and across environments and services. Experience of the clinical application and evaluation of PBS or similar proactive approaches would be advantageous.

For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.

About us

At Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT), we deliver a wide range of physical, mental health, learning disability and autism services, and are proud to serve communities across Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.

We put 'people at our heart' this ethos is at the centre of everything we do and how we do it. We care for our staff and colleagues as much as they care for others and offer a wide range of benefits and development opportunities.

These include:
  • generous annual leave entitlement which increases during your time with us
  • excellent learning and development opportunities, including apprenticeship frameworks, distance learning, internal training, coaching and mentoring, and much more
  • salary sacrifice schemes for lease car/ vehicle, Cycle to Work, home and electronics, gym membership and more
  • discounts with a range of retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues through our Employee Assistance Programme and NHS discount schemes
  • wellbeing support, including an in-house counselling service, external helpline and more
  • staff networks and support group

We're always on the lookout for people who share our passion for improving the lives and wellbeing of people in our community, as well as our values of compassion, collaboration, excellence, integrity and respect.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust provides a full range of expanding physical, mental health and learning disability services to children, young adults, adults, and older adults over many sites across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Autism Intensive Support Team works across Coventry and the whole of Warwickshire (north and south) to provide an additional layer of specialist wrap around support to the existing teams involved in supporting children and adults who are most at risk of admission to Tier 4 hospital. We sit within the Learning Disability and Autism Directorate and as such we are part of a large multi-professional group which offers the opportunity for knowledge and skill sharing. There will be opportunities for Continual Professional Development, regular clinical supervision and training, and participation in ongoing research and development initiatives. Whilst we sit within this directorate, the people we support fall across directorates and services, allowing us to operate creatively with a wide range of needs and presentations. The team operates using a systemic framework and close liaison with our external partner agencies are essential. We strive to offer a timely and innovative service, and are proud to be able to offer opportunities for staff to have a direct impact on the ongoing development of the team.

As a team we work systemically to understand and support the significant impact and challenges experienced by people with autism and their families. To do this, we work with the network around the person (e.g., Social Care, Education) and work closely with commissioners and our mental health colleagues across services. As a Clinical Psychologist you will have experience of Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working as you will need to attend regular MDTs, CETRs and EMDTs.

Other responsibilities include providing consultation within the MDT and externally, joint working with other agencies, participation and involvement in service development, research and business meetings and providing supervision (where appropriate) to other psychology staff or team members providing psychologically informed interventions.

This is an exciting time to join our team as we mature and expand and continue to look for innovative ways to support the people we work with. If you are passionate and motivated and are driven to prevent people with autism and mental health needs from being admitted to hospital, then we want to hear from you.

Person Specification



  • PhD or DClinPsych or equivalent in Clinical Psychology (Clinical/Counselling).
  • Registered as an Clinical Psychologist (Clinical/Counselling) with the HCPC
  • Pre and post-qualification training in specialist assessment and treatment of children and young people with complex mental health problems, neuropsychological assessment, research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Good honours degree in Psychology. Eligibility for Graduate Membership of the BPS
  • Post qualification training in one or more evidence based psychological approach with children with complex and severe mental health problems (e.g. CBT or systemic psychotherapy
  • Qualifications or equivalent experience for teaching, training and supervising of doctoral level trainees



  • Knowledge of the range of young people's mental health problems and mental health services
  • Understanding of child development and family functioning
  • Knowledge of key policy and guidance relating to Children and young people with ASD and or learning disability.



  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency setting
  • Experience in a CAMHS or similar setting
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment with children and young people with ASD, learning disabilities and mental health needs and their families across the full range of care settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Supervision of assistant psychologists and other multi-disciplinary professionals
  • Experience of engaging clients who are hard to reach because of their social circumstances and/or because of communication difficulties.

Employer details

Employer name

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust


Wayside House

Wilson's Lane



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