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Clinical Psychologist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 Hours Per Week

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical Psychologist to join our multi agency Neurodevelopmental Assessment Teams on a full-time basis. The team currently offers evidence based diagnostic assessments in line with NICE guidance to children and young people under 18 where there are concerns regarding Autism Spectrum Conditions or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

This post would suit those who have an interest in neurodiversity, love using assessment and observation skills to formulate complex presentations, enjoy working with children and young people and within a multidisciplinary team. The post provides an opportunity to use skills in trauma informed assessment and formulation alongside diagnostic assessment tools and criteria. There are also opportunities to develop skills in supervision, leadership, research, teaching and training and service development.

The service offers a wide range of development opportunities and is committed to the career development of its staff. All relevant training will be offered as necessary (E.G: ADOS & supervisor training) and further CPD opportunities are encouraged. Clinical supervision will be offered by one of the Senior Clinical Psychologists within the team.

The post is open to clinical psychologists who are due to qualify or have experience at a band 7 and offers career progression to a band 8a once competencies applicable to that grade and job description have been met.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be involved in all aspects of the assessment process and will be a fully integrated member of our friendly and welcoming multidisciplinary team, working alongside our Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Specialist Mental Health Practitioners, Psychiatrist and Assistant Psychologists.

The role will include:

Using high level assessment and formulation skills.

Using psychological models and theories alongside diagnostic criteria to understand a childs presentation.

Using observation and activity based interactions.

Using formal testing measures such as ADOS, cognitive assessments, QB test to better understand a childs presentation.

Supervision of assistant psychologists and other team members.

Contributing to multidisciplinary team meetings.

The post holder will also have the opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of the service.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

We are aware that an increasing number of applicants are using AI technology to generate responses on NHS Job application forms. Over reliance on AI-generated content in application forms is strongly discouraged and we will conduct a thorough screening process before selecting candidates to progress to the next stage. If you are using AI to enhance your application, please disclose this in your NHS Jobs application form.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The post holder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post holder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

The post holder will provide specialist clinical psychology skills within a multidisciplinary team. The post holder will provide a high quality clinical service to the users of the service.

They will provide highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention while working collaboratively with non-psychologist colleagues, professionals from other agencies and carers.

They will be clinically responsible to a senior clinical psychologist. Clinical oversight of all work will be held by the clinical lead in the service.

The job plan will be delivered in the services the post is based.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team while observing Trust and National policies and procedures.

The post holder will provide support to Assistant Psychologists and Doctoral trainees. They will utilise research skills in audit, service development and research relevant to the post.

To offer consultation, supervision and training when required by other agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being of people referred to the service.

To provide consultation, assessment and intervention in the service.

To work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary context.

To provide assessment and treatment options for people experiencing moderate, severe and complex mental health problems.

To exercise expert clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence based practise.

To continually seek to expand and consolidate clinical skills using training, experience, and supervision.

To be proficient in the use of Psychometric testing appropriate to the age range.

To provide specialist risk assessment of and intervention to people who present to the service.

To follow appropriate Adult and Child Protection guidelines in all Clinical work, including close liaison with all agencies.

To liaise and consult with the wider professional network in the care of the client.

To work jointly with other team members in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to people and their families.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients.

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to effectively evaluate progress.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification

Personal Attributes


  • Caring.
  • Team Player.
  • Commitment to supervision and support.


  • Flexible.
  • Committed to client group.

Special Knowledge / Skills


  • Communication skills.
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).
  • IT Literate.


  • Research skills.
  • Knowledge of adult & child protection legislation.
  • Awareness of legislation relevant to the clinical area of practice.



  • Hons. Degree in Psychology.
  • Doctoral qualification clinical psychology.
  • Appropriate safeguarding training.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist.


  • 2:1 min.
  • Eligible for chartered status.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



  • Completion of supervised clinical practice in the NHS.
  • Ability to work within two models of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention.


  • Experience in working with service users in the clinical area of the post.
  • Different theoretical approaches.
  • Work with other disciplines.
  • Work with people who have disabilities.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Princess Royal Health Centre

Greenhead Road



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