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Clinical Psychologist (Neurodevelopment) - Band 7/8a

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
Coventry & Warwickshire
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum / pro rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical/Applied Psychologist

Children's Neurodevelopmental Service (Autism and ADHD)

Band 7 development post or 8a

Recent investment and promotion in our service has created some exciting opportunities for psychologists who looking to work with children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions. Depending on the post holders' current level of experience and training there will be a bespoke and structured competency and training programme developed with them to ensure they have the skills, knowledge and confidence to fulfill their role.

We are looking for a motivated and committed psychologist for a Band 8a post, or to apply as a Band 7 development post with the opportunity to progress to a Band 8a, via a supported process of professional development. We can offer flexibility in terms of working patterns, hours and location across Coventry and Warwickshire some of which can be virtual.In addition, the Neurodevelopmental Service is part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (RISE) and there is opportunity to work in more than one service according to areas of interest and expertise.

Main duties of the job

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.

The Neurodevelopmental Service is heavily invested in providing high quality services. The postholder will work within our evidence-based pathways to deliver young-person focused assessment and clinically effective interventions for children and young people referred for autism and ADHD. Successful applicants will work within a supportive and proactive environment, we have a strong commitment to clinical supervision and there are opportunities for continuing professional development and training in line with service objectives.

The post-holder will join a large established group of psychologists and work as part of a multidisciplinary team which includes Paediatrics, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Practitioners and Occupational Therapy. This is a dynamic role and the post-holder may work within community settings such as schools, clinics and family homes. We are also offering virtual appointments.

About us

As part of the wider Learning Disability and Autism Directorate within the Trust the service offers a strong commitment to clinical supervision and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and there are many opportunities for career development within the service.

The service received an overall rating of Good by the CQC and an Outstanding for care and compassion of which we are rightly proud. We have also been recognised both locally and nationally by receiving awards for the services we provide.

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, Warwickshire and Solihull.

Services are provided to a population of over one million people living in Coventry and Warwickshire and also a wider geographical area in some of our specialist services, we see on average around 5,000 patients every day.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

Applicants will need to have a keen interest in developing new or existing skills in the use of diagnostic assessments for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Experience of working with this population, either in children or adult services would be desirable however, interest and enthusiasm for working with neurodiverse children and young people is essential. The post also offers opportunities to contribute to service transformation and innovation, we have excellent links with local DClinPsy training programmes with current staff regularly providing teaching and placements and can provide the development of leadership skills through in-service experience and training.

Travel is an integral part of this post and the post-holder will be a car owner/driver, or have suitable alternative transport to meet the needs of the post (It is unlikely that public transport will meet this requirement). This post is subject to a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure at Enhanced level.

Person Specification



  • Good honours degree in Psychology. Eligibility for Graduate Membership of the BPS PhD or DClinPsych or equivalent in Applied Psychology (Clinical/Counselling).
  • Registered as an Applied Psychologist (Clinical/Counselling) with the HCPC/HPC
  • Pre and post-qualification training in specialist assessment and treatment of people with neurodevelopmental disorders, assessment, research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Post qualification training in one or more evidence based psychological approach (e.g. CBT or systemic psychotherapy)

Knowledge and skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to practice independently within this clinical area (neurodevelopmental disorders).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of audit and research methodology
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Awareness of cultural and other diversity issues
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Ability to communicate highly complex condition-related information to young people and their families, often in an emotive and/or hostile environment.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Proven knowledge and skills relevant to psychological approaches to children or Children/young people with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Ability to provide specialist clinical advice on an individual case basis.
  • Ability to demonstrate team building, leadership and organisational skills.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and ability to practice in a person / family centred way.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of clinical and clinical supervision skills.



  • Clinical experience as a psychologist of working with Children/young people or adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health concerns and/or learning disabilities
  • Experience of MDT / multi-agency / professional working
  • Experience of supervising qualified and/or non-qualified staff

Employer details

Employer name

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust


Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry & Warwickshire


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