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Principal Therapeutic Practitioner

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 Per annum per annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a number of individuals to join our new team! This could be on a full time or part time basis, permanent or a secondment. Please specify in your supporting information your preferred options.

There are a range of employment options available including full and part time options on fixed term, permanent and secondment contracts. We are offering attractive recruitment packages including:
  • link graded posts
  • offering a clear path for advancement
  • training opportunities
  • relocation support
  • refer a friend bonus- up to �500 per referral *T& Cs Apply
  • 15% recruitment and retention included.

Applicants must be qualified in core profession as per BABCP criteria (BABCP | British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies > Accreditation > Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Accreditation > Core Professions > Core Professions list and criteria) and have a further psychological therapy qualification at Masters level or above, as well as additional training in specialised area of psychological practise.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to develop, co-ordinate and ensure the systematic provision of a psychology service to CYP Gender Service and personally provide highly specialist clinical input, and contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.

About us

Following the recommendations of The Cass Review Interim Report, two new nationally networked services led by specialist children's tertiary care providers are being established. The Southern Hub, based in London, is delivered by a partnership of Evelina London Children's Hospital (part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust), Great Ormond Street Hospital and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The Northern Hub is delivered by a partnershipof Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust). This role is based in the Southern Hub.

We are committed to promoting an environment that embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We would like all our families and staff to feel valued and respected because we try to understand and provide for their individual needs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification

Culture and Values


  • Knowledge and understanding of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Understanding of Diversity and Inclusion challenges in the workplace.
  • Demonstrable contribution to advancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • Qualified in core profession as per BABCP criteria BABCP | British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies > Accreditation > Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist Accreditation > Core Professions > Core Professions list and criteria
  • Further psychological therapy qualification at Masters level or above leading to a current registration with appropriate regulatory body (e.g., HCPC, NMC, BABCP, UKCP, MBACPaccred).
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the relevant regulatory body Certificate in supervision skills
  • Additional training in a specialised area of psychological (e.g. CBT, DBT, etc) practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma.
  • Completed training course in clinical supervision.



  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in an area of practice relevant to CYP with gender diversity
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in an area of specialism relevant to the needs of CYP with Gender Diversity
  • Experience of supervising prequalified and trainee therapeutic practitioners having completed the relevant training.
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to psychologists or other professional groups.
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities.
  • Experience of carrying out postgraduate research, audit or service evaluation projects.
  • Experience of proposing and implementing service development projects within own service area.
  • Record of publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for in a client group relevant to CYP with gender diversity (e.g. CBT, DBT, etc)
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment relevant to CYP with gender diversity.
  • Advanced knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics including screening for common neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care.



  • To deliver psychological therapy 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, on which expert opinion may differ.
  • 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.
  • To plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and to organise meetings such as CPAs and case reviews, and joint activities with staff of partner agencies.
  • To plan projects and work schedules for groups of clinicians
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data.
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles
  • 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 develop and use complex multi- media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic meetings
  • Ability to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychological interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these.
  • 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.
  • Ability to manage physical aggression directed at self, including use of physical interventions as prescribed by Trust policies.

Employer details

Employer name

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust





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