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Assistant Psychologist

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year p.a. inc.
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The CAMHS Disability Service is a well-established part of Community CAMHS, and offers a wide range of care pathways (0-18 years moderate to profound neurodevelopmental, ASD, LD/ID and physical disabilities) including specialist therapeutic interventions, neurodevelopmental assessments with post-diagnostic support, MDT and group interventions, duty and initial assessments and brief, focused interventions for autism. Systemic and relational models form the basis for much of our work, alongside behavioural techniques and a variety of specialist, evidence based approaches. Referrals are diverse, reflecting our local community which we are proud to serve.

Due to assistants getting on to training, an exciting opportunity has arisen for assistant psychologists to join the CAMHS Disability Service at the Hackney Ark to co-ordinate diagnostic assessment clinics and complete supervised diagnostic assessments. We are aforward thinking, passionate team supporting children and young people with disability and their families. There are 2 full-time, permeant roles. If you are motivated and enthusiastic to work in CAMHS in the context of group work in ASD, in a multi diverse and partnership delivery model, withinan outstanding NHS organisation, these are ideal positions to apply for.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:

Contribute to ASD and/or LD interventions in the context of assessment

Hold own caseload for clinical interventions under supervision

Support and coordinate CAMHS clinics, plan and organise the group schedule in advance, utilising administration

Support clinical work of qualified staff in relation to ASD and LD e.g. reports, outcome measures and group interventions

Where appropriate deliver evidence based group work for ASD and/or LD and maintain a database for group-work and workshops as appropriate

Develop clinical resources for ASD and LD work including teaching and training

Liaise closely with the designated Clinical Operational Lead and Psychology assistants for ASD

Assist with research projects audit activities and teaching. Undertake activities appropriate to the post, under the guidance of the line manager.

Be part of a CAMHS Service, involved in all team activities as appropriate e.g. SPA/Duty

Maintain clear records of referrals management and all clinical activity (RiO)

Plan and organise own workload under guidance from the supervisor and complete administrative tasks as necessary.

Work flexibly to support clinical work.

Undertake personal development activities appropriate to the post, under the guidance of the line manager.

We encourage male and global majority applicants (based on our current staffing demographic).

About us

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing and flourishing organisation serving the population of Hackney, East London, The City and beyond.

We are extremely proud of the fact that Homerton Hospital has recently attained the highest possible rating of Outstanding from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Our integrated Trust provides comprehensive hospital and community health services for its local population and a range of specialist services for a wider group of patients. In addition, the Trust manages services out of St Leonard's Hospital and the Mary Seacole Nursing Home.

Homerton aims to ensure equality and value diversity, and we are committed to inclusion for all of our staff. This is reflected in our policies, procedures and People Plan. All of our staff are expected to embody our Trust values at all times.

We are also committed, through our Fair Recruitment Standards, to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly.

Homerton has a proud tradition of supporting and developing its staff, including its well regarded and valued nursing community, and all staff are able to take advantage of a great range of benefits.

Homerton is proud to have been included on the HSJ & Nursing Times Best Places to Work list.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s on this page

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Honours degree in Psychology: Upper second or first class only


  • Further education in a relevant area of psychology e.g. counselling, systemic therapy, CBT
  • Specialist training or qualifications in ASD/neurodevelopmental-LD interventions



  • Experience of working with children/young people with learning disabilities and their families/carers within paid employment in the NHS
  • Group interventions with parents


  • Experience of working with children/young people with ASD/ADHD and/or intellectual/learning disabilities within a CAMHS/NHS/education framework

Other Requirements


  • Understanding and demonstration of the Trust Values
  • Flexible and creative approach to work.

Skills and abilities


  • High level communication and facilitation skills with regards to clients and professionals - ability to tailor information to a range of levels.
  • Ability to work independently, including documenting work accurately on an electronic record (Rio) and gathering robust outcome measures (CORC).
  • Service related research skills and/or audit experience.
  • Ability to make clinical decisions affecting children and families under supervision.
  • Skills to work with staff and clients from diverse ethnic communities in providing a culturally competent service.
  • use of supervision, creativity, autonomy, empathy and sensitivity to clinical presentations


  • Ability to monitor, adapt and evaluate interventions for children and young people with ID
  • Understanding of various psychological measures, tools and psychometric tests e.g. ADOS, WISC,

Employer details

Employer name

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Downs Park Road


E8 2FP

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