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Senior Clinical Psychologist

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Chesterfield or Derby
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Hello, my name is Dr Ian Watkiss and I am the lead for the Derbyshire Autism Service in the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Our team is still quite new, but already prides itself on the excellent care we provide, supporting our service users that live in the Derbyshire area.

Over the course of the pandemic, we have realised more than ever how important it is to not only look after our service users, but also ourselves and our colleagues. I am personally devoted to our team's health and welfare and this has never been more essential than over the past few years.

We are offering an exciting opportunity for people to come and be a part of our Specialist Autism Team, where we help those with a potential imminent hospital admission, under the Mental Health Act and help to try and support that work in the community first.To date, we have worked with those who are anxious and struggling with the demands being placed on them in their communities, whilst considering their diagnosis .

Our team is dedicated, compassionate and caring to those who are referred to us and we are now in the position to expand the team and recruit a Senior Clinical Psychologist, to work alongside two Principal Clinical Psychologists, our Assistant Psychologist, the Trainees we support and me. I would like to invite you to come and join the team, work with us in these new roles and be part of developing the service to even greater heights.

1.0 WTE, substantive post (37.5 hours/week)

Main duties of the job

The role involves the development and delivery of a new service to meet the needs of those with Autism within Derbyshire.

The successful candidate will provide therapy and intervention from a psychological model of care. The role involves providing consultation, advice, specialist therapeutic input and research/service evaluation into the service and support other psychologists, trainees and assistants to provide the best service possible.

You will play a key role in the continued development of the service, working closely with community services, multi-agencies, third sector and other key stakeholders, to support individuals who are in crisis or require an intensive community response ultimately aiming to maintain the adults with autism within their own home setting.

You will work alongside our expert and well established ASD assessment team and the Adult Learning Disabilities Service to make sure that client needs are met.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to making a positive difference to deliver the best possible psychological and mental health care for people in Derbyshire.

You will be joining a Psychological Services Division with a range of expertise and a strong identity at a time of growth. There are opportunities to learn from others and develop your own role in developing a flexible workforce.

We will support your ongoing CPD and you will receive regular managerial and clinical supervision.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology as accredited by the BPS /HCPC including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan development psychology
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, eligible for chartered status with the BPS, post qualification training in supervision


  • Trained and experienced in the completion of autism diagnostic tools, risk assessments and other related psychometrics



  • Extensive experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist in an autism service
  • Experience of specialist psychological practice with clients across a broad range of settings including experience of working with clients with autism with a range of complex difficulties
  • Working with multidisciplinary staff teams to support the delivery of therapeutic care and experience of working across team and interagency working
  • Highly specialist assessment and therapeutic skills related to complex, severe and enduring psychological problems experienced by adults with autism and additional complex needs including communication difficulties, sensory difficulties, comorbid mental health and complex/challenging behaviour
  • Experience with neurological developmental assessments, including those for ASD


  • Experience of clinical leadership and planning, allocating and supervising the work of a multidisciplinary team and holding clinical leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Expertise and interest in a specialist area relevant to the client group
  • Experience and skills in adapting knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and methodologies to adults with autism and associated complex needs

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Either Ashgreen Hospital, Chesterfield or St Andrews House, Derby

Ashgate Rd, Ashgate, Chesterfield

Chesterfield or Derby

S42 7JE

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