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Clinical Psychologist - Specialist Learning Disability Service

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata (22.5 hours per week)
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Child Family Health Devon (CFHD) is the place to be! Our services for children and young people are transforming. We are developing an innovative, integrated model of childrens community services and looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated pathways. Come and join us in beautiful Devon!

As alarge community service, you will be joining astrong, enthusiastic and supportive group of professionalswho will be your peers, your phone a friend network and your inspiring colleagues. This provides a real sense ofprofessional collaborationat work, that will be an asset to your daily work, yourcareer developmentand yoursupportnetwork.

In line with transformation, we are excited to advertise a newClinical Psychologyrole(7)in ourSpecialist Learning Disability Pathway.

TheSpecialist Learning Disability Pathwayis a Specialist service consisting of Learning Disability Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, and Assistant Practitioners who offer services for children and adolescents with a diagnosed Learning Disability and Autism from assessment and intervention to consultation, liaison and training for other agencies. The service can support Children & Adolescents withmoderate to profound Learning Disability, in conjunction with complex behavioral, health or sleep issues related to this diagnosis.

We would love to hear from colleagues looking to develop their career at an exciting time of change.

Main duties of the job

As a Clinical Psychologist, you will offer high-quality complex assessments and psychological input to children, young people and their families who access the support of these pathways. You will bring advanced formulation skills and consultation to your team alongside wider service development contributions. More detail about the pathways can be found in the Job Description section.

There will be CPD opportunities to support your development and a commitment to supporting your career progression at this stage in relation to consolidating your supervisory role and leadership skills as well as further expanding your clinical knowledge and skills.

You will have regular clinical supervision and separate line management. You will be supported with a job plan with opportunities to use a breadth of skills including research and service development. There is a strong and friendly network of Clinical Psychologists working across CFHD, enjoying shared CPD and professional support. We also have excellent links with local Doctoral courses for teaching and Trainee placements.

We encourage interest from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences, both personal and professional.

About us

Successful applicants will be employed by Devon Partnership Trust ( )

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health which are provided by Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership Trust. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our children and young people say

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Psychology roles are also being advertised in other pathways so please view additional adverts.

You will be a qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologist with a passion for working with children, young people and families with moderate to profound learning disabilities. You will have the knowledge and skills to undertake complex assessments and deliver evidence-based and outcome monitored psychological therapies. You will have experience in supporting the development of others through supervision and training and be keen to further develop this. You will be a reflective practitioner with strengths to bring to a multi-disciplinary team and consultative work. You will be committed to service user participation and collaborative working with children, young people, parents, carers and families. You will have a good understanding of safeguarding across the lifespan. You will be motivated to further develop your leadership skills to contribute to quality improvement and service development within your pathway and the wider service.

Information regarding theCognition and Learning Pathway

As a Clinical Psychologist, you will be a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team, contributing to formal assessment and intervention with children and young people who present with moderate to profound learning disabilities. The Pathway is county-wide, which enables flexibility regarding the base alongside the recruitment of other posts, so long as the service needs are able to be met.

There will be opportunities to apply your experienced clinical skills in a breadth of work including the administration of complex formal assessment, contributing to complex and integrated clinical formulations. As a Clinical Psychologist in the Pathway you would provide supervision to Assistant Psychologists and others as appropriate. There would also be opportunity to develop your clinical leadership skills, leading others in areas such as audit, service development, project work and training as appropriate.

The appointed candidate will work jointly with, and provide consultation to, members of the multidisciplinary team and professionals from other agencies. The role would include working closely at an inter-agency level as required, contributing to processes including TAF and EHCP.

Main contacts:

Beverley Leach - Clinical Service Lead for Cognition and Learning Pathway

Dr Paula Levett -Principal Clinical Psychologist

Person Specification



  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies
  • Experience of working with a range of children and young people with complex needs maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse
  • Experience of undertaking specialist psychological assessments and providing evidence based interventions, with the ability to work with complex needs and undertake risk assessments.
  • Experience in providing teaching and training
  • Experience of safeguarding children and ensuring the safety of young people in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Experience that evidences an ability to attend to diversity and work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Experience of managing and processing emotionally distressing information, seeking support as required


  • Experience in using neuropsychological assessments of cognitive functioning and/or learning disabilities in the context of diagnostic assessments of learning disabilities.
  • Experience of the assessment of capacity to consent and providing consultation to capacity assessments across a range of issues.



  • A Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent e.g. Masters level qualification in Clinical Psychology if qualified before 1996.
  • Active registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC.


  • Post qualification specialist therapy/assessment training relevant to children and young people
  • Post qualification training or proven equivalent experience in supervision.

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Understanding of relevant legislation pertaining to children.
  • High level knowledge of Clinical presentations in children and young people
  • Ability to travel and work in a variety of locations, e.g. clinic base, schools, home visits.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Children & Family Health Devon

Bittern Road

Sowton Industrial Estate



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