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Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
£78,163 to £88,884 Per annum, inclusive
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Full Time
Are you a looking for your next role in paediatric psychology? We are seeking applicants who have the required skills and expertise to work within two teams.

The successful candidate with join a team of Paediatric Psychologists in the Psychological and Mental Health Services (PAMHS) at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). They will also be Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the new Children and Young People's Gender Service (London).

The post-holder will be part of a large team of clinical psychologists (Specialist Health Conditions Stream) at GOSH. This team provide a specialist paediatric psychology service to children and young people under the care of urology, endocrinology, dermatology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and neurology.

The successful applicant will contribute to clinical leadership of the stream, working closely with the Consultant Clinical psychologist stream lead. Clinically, the post holder will be required to deliver highly specialist assessment, complex formulations and interventions - both individual and in groups. The role includes a mixture of inpatient and outpatient work and involves close working with medical MDTs. They will also be expected to provide consultation and training to staff teams at GOSH, including facilitating debriefs and reflective practice.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will also provide leadership to manage and plan the delivery of a highly specialist psychology and psychotherapy service within the NHS Children and Young People's Gender Service (London) alongside the clinical lead. They will personally provide expert clinical input, through the provision of highly specialist assessments, complex formulations and interventions. The post holder will supervise and manage a range of psychological professionals and play a key role in the ongoing development of interventions.

In both parts of the role the post holder will be responsible for the monitoring and implementation of professional standards in the practice of applied psychology in the service and the systematic and effective provision of professional supervision, governance, and quality of the service.

The post offers opportunities to develop leadership skills by enabling the successful applicant to take a key role in a number of service development and research initiatives.

About us

GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women's staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust's mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

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

Consultant Clinical Psychologist


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Academic/Professional qualification/Training


  • Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. - Clinical psychologist: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent
  • Minimum 2:1 honours degree in Psychology
  • Post- graduate doctoral level training in the field of clinical psychology
  • Registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Eligibility for Chartered Status and membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice (e.g. in an area of clinical practice relevant to the service CBT, DBT, Specialist assessment) through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by a BPS National Assessor and an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher.
  • Completed training course in clinical supervision.
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.



  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in a clinical area relevant to Paediatric Psychology and CYP with Gender Diversity
  • Experience of undertaking leadership roles
  • Assessed significant experience of working at a highly specialist level and exercising autonomy as a qualified psychologist (or equivalent qualification)
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient an residential care settings
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
  • Experience of professional management and supervision of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC
  • Post doctoral knowledge of clinical paediatric psychology
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in in a clinical area relevant to Paediatric Psychology and CYP with Gender Diversity
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities
  • Experience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects
  • Experience of proposing and implementing service development projects that impact beyond own service area.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of management and leadership.
  • Advanced knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for CYP with Gender Diversity
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant range of interventions for CYP with Gender Diversity
  • Advanced 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.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care.


  • Experience of multi-professional management of teams or services
  • The Trust encourages and welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. We see this as valuable and recognise the positive impact this experience can have on the work we do



  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences.
  • Able to demonstrate skills for assessing patients, relatives and interpreting patient, family situation and appropriate formulation, where expert opinion may differ.
  • 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.
  • To plan delivery of psychological services to the client group and carers, involving partner agencies.
  • To be expert in the skilled administration of psychometric tests, including skilled manipulation of test materials and to be able to supervise others in administration of psychometric tests.
  • Well developed consultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups.
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data and for teaching purposes.
  • 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 articulate and interpret clearly the role of the profession of clinical psychology based upon a good understanding of the framework of government and national professional policy
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non- professional groups/
  • 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

Employer details

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Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust





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