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Principal Psychologist

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum inc HCA
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
We are an innovative and welcoming team who are looking for an enthusiastic principal psychologist to join our Complex Neurodevelopmental Service at the Evelina Children's Hospital.

This is a great opportunity to work collaboratively in embedded teams with colleagues from speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, paediatrics, psychiatry, psychology (clinical, educational, health, neuropsychology) and specialist nursing to provide specialist assessments and interventions for children from the South East regions and beyond. We see children and young people with a range of suspected developmental needs which are often complex and multiple in nature (including autism, epilepsy, attention, learning, behaviour that challenges, neurological and other complex medical health presentations). The ideal post holder would be experienced in leading on, and working with, children and young people with neurodevelopmental difficulties such as autism.

The post holder will also be part of the psychology leadership team in the Neurosciences Department at the Evelina London Children's Hospital. There are many opportunities for professional development in this highly experienced team including teaching, research and service development as well as learning from a diverse range of expertise within the service and across GSTT.

We are advertising for a 3-day permanent post (0.6 WTE).

Main duties of the job

To provide highly specialist psychological assessments based on appropriate use of a range methods (including cognitive assessment, validated tests (e.g. ADOS-2), self-report measures, rating scales, observations and clinical interviews with children, families and other agencies)

To work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team to provide high quality integrated care, contributing to diagnosis and formulation of young people's neurodevelopmental and mental health needs.

To provide recommendations for support based on psychological formulation and evidence base, liaising and consulting with local agencies as appropriate. Deliver evidence based psychological interventions adapted and tailored to the needs of children and families.

Supervision of psychologists within the service.

Join the psychology leadership team within the department.

For full details please see job description.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

We have around 22,700 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Jointly lead and be responsible for the provision of an autonomous and systematic specialist psychology service that provides individualised diagnostic assessments, and based upon these evaluations, develops and delivers highly specialised programmes of management and treatment for children and young people across the paediatric neurodisability care pathway.
  • Clinically supervise and co-ordinate the work of other staff groups through teaching, training, clinical supervision and consultation.
  • Formulate and undertake clinical audit and research activities as a job requirement.
  • Participate in CPD and other developmental activities, keeping up to date with relevant psychological research and national guidance (DoH, NICE etc.).

This psychology post is based within the Paediatric Newcomen Neurodevelopmental Team, which is part of the Paediatric Neurosciences Service. The Paediatric Neurosciences Service sits within the medicine and neonatology directorate of Evelina London Childrens Hospital. It is a multi-disciplinary regional and national service that focuses on children and young people with neurological conditions (including inpatient and outpatient services, neuropsychology and neuro-rehabilitation for conditions such as acquired brain injury and cerebral palsy), and neurodevelopmental disorders (particularly autism spectrum disorder, complex feeding, ADHD, Tics and Tourettes, and sleep problems). Services within neurosciences are largely tertiary and hospital based with growing service outreach to the community. They specialise in the diagnosis and management of highly complex cases, which have a range of co-morbidities, including physical health and genetic conditions, intellectual impairment, neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders, and severe challenging behaviours.

The post-holder plays an integral role in the Newcomen neurodevelopmental multi-disciplinary team by leading the psychological component to comprehensive evaluation and treatment packages, and by carrying an independent case-load for on-going psychology specific interventions.

The post-holder provides professional management and leadership to the team of more junior neurosciences psychologists. The post holder will work clinically across the different clinics within the Newcomen Neurodevelopmental Team. The post holder will also hold management and leadership responsibility within The Paediatric Neurosciences Service with an expectation to work effectively as a member of a leadership psychology group across Neurosciences, with accountability to the consultant neurosciences psychologists and clinical team lead. The post holder is also expected to work collaboratively with other neurosciences lead AHPs, nursing and other medical team leads.

The post holder will be an employee of Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Paediatric Neurosciences Department. The team includes: Neurodevelopmental Paediatricians, Psychologists, Neuropsychiatrists Neuropsychologists Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.

Please see attached Job Description

Person Specification

Professional/ Statutory Registration


  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Qualifications/ Education


  • Good honours degree in psychology.
  • Doctoral level qualification in psychology (or its equivalent for those who trained before 1996) as accredited by BPS, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro- psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and life span developmental psychology
  • ADOS trained and experienced.


  • Eligibility for Chartered status with the BPS.

Previous experience


  • Extensive experience of highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention in neurodevelopmental psychology, or child and adolescent mental health.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity and intellectual ability.
  • Additional post graduate specialist training in area of working with children and young people within neurodisability. To include internal or external courses or conferences, e.g. specialist evaluation or therapeutic approaches, neuropsychological testing, specific clinical populations, management, psychological treatment and interventions.
  • 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 multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of consultation to and supervision of other staff.
  • Experience of developing and providing teaching and training to psychologists and other professional groups.
  • Experience of working with, and addressing issues of diversity.
  • Experience of initiating and leading service development.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of developing and carrying out audit, research and service evaluation projects.

Skills/ Knowledge/ Ability


  • Advanced level knowledge of at least two models of psychological therapy relevant to children and families with neurodevelopmental conditions and knowledge of the theoretical and evidence base for them.
  • Knowledge of legislation and national policy relevant to work with children and families with neurodisabilities and mental health issues including the Children Act, Safeguarding Children and the Mental Health Act.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information in a form that can be understood by young people, families and colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently as an autonomous practitioner with appropriate level of clinical and managerial supervision.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team, hold leadership roles and contribute to effective team functioning.

Additional Information


  • Commitment to continuing professional development, to partnership working and to reflexive clinical practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Evelina London Children's Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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