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Clinical Psychologist

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS pro rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Band 7 Clinical Psychologist (15 hrs per week)

The paediatric and adolescent psychological service at University College Hospitals is looking for a Clinical Psychologist with a specialist interest in paediatrics to work in the team, on a permanent basis. You will be part of a lively and experienced team with a strong commitment to research and creative ways of working.

The post holder will have an opportunity to attend systemic seminars, monthly in-house CPD and to be part of a range of multi-disciplinary teams.

Main duties of the job

The role is to provide specialist assessment and therapy with children and young people affected by a range of chronic health conditions.

There will also be opportunities for group work, training and consultation to other professionals.

We are not able to offer visits to the department however we welcome discussions with potential candidates.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Qualifications


  • Honours degree in psychology or related disciplines, and a Doctorate and/or PhD level in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) (acquired as part of the clinical training).
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist by the HPC. High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies, including Narrative Therapy.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, including neuropsychological assessments.
  • Knowledge of specialised assessment and therapeutic approaches in a Specialist Paediatric Service.
  • Ability to make diagnostic decisions, give second opinions and make differential diagnoses as part of multidisciplinary assessments.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.


  • Completed a training course in narrative group work, e.g. Tree of Life or Beads of Life.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including community, primary care, outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Ability to work with interpreters.
  • Experience of working with and promoting diversity.


  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Experience of running narrative groups, including beading groups

Skills and Abilities


  • Previous experience of research indicating the ability to conduct research autonomously, with supervision as required
  • Ability to critique and evaluate scientific data and best practice clinical guidelines.
  • Advanced IT skills (including video editing, word processing, spreadsheets, statistical packages).



  • A high level of interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrates professional and effective verbal and written communication skills including excellent negotiation skills with patients, carers and other health professional staff in service delivery.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS where information may be highly sensitive and there may be barriers to acceptance.
  • Evidence of working well in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Evidence of effective clinical reasoning in the assessment and management of young people living in complex systems.

Responsibilities towards promoting Equality Diversity and Inclusion


  • All posts to include Demonstratable understanding of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and/or Knowledge of the NHS obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duties.

Ensure the risk of infection to self, colleagues, patients, relatives and visitors is minimised by:


  • Being familiar with, and adhering to Trust policies and guidance on infection prevention and control.
  • Completing all required training and education (both via e-learning and face to face) on infection prevention and control.
  • Including infection prevention and control as an integral part of your continuous personal/professional development and included in your annual appraisal
  • Taking personal responsibility so far as is reasonably practicable, in helping ensure that effective prevention and control of health care associated infections is embedded into everyday practice and applied consistently.

Specific Requirements


  • Must be able to cope with highly emotive and psychologically challenging demands of working with children/young people with disability and for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people in a sensitive, caring and non-judgemental manner.

Personal and People Development


  • Skills in supervising other staff.

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


University College London Hospitals

235 Euston Road



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