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Clinical Psychologist

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata if part time
Closing date
5 Aug 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to work with an innovative psychology-led multi-agency team to provide mental health support to children and young people in and around their educational setting in line with the government green paper and NHSE long-term plan.

The Senior School Link will hold regular review meetings with the Senior Mental Health Lead in school to support them in developing further their whole school emotional wellbeing culture and trauma-informed offer, providing school based care plans to support the most vulnerable children and young people, coordinating and supporting direct work with children and young people with the EMHPs offering consultation, training, reflective practice to school staff and MHST colleagues alongside providing case management supervision.

Regular line management and clinical supervision from an experienced Clinical Psychologist will be available, alongside peer supervision with MHST colleagues. Postholders will be expected to attend a one-year postgraduate EMHP supervision course with the University of Sheffield, with further training and professional development opportunities.

The post plays a significant role in community-based work, where your psychological knowledge can make a real difference in an educational context. You will have the opportunity to be both responsive and innovative, while maintaining clear service boundaries and practicing evidence-based, theory-led approaches.

Main duties of the job

  • Supporting the Senior Mental Health Lead within schools through regular review meetings to further develop their whole school's emotional wellbeing and trauma-informed offer
  • Ulitising assessment and formulation skills to understand the mental health needs of individual children and advise colleagues appropriately.
  • Deliver group and one to one evidence-based, theory-informed interventions.
  • Offering consultation to multi-agency staff regarding the mental health needs of individual children and young people.
  • Reflective practice skills.
  • Assessment, formulation and development of school-based care plans to support the school in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable children and young people within the school.
  • Clinical supervision, training and reflective practice to the Education of Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), Assistant and trainee Clinical Psychologists within the team.
  • Service evaluation.
  • Service user engagement.
  • Taking a specific lead role within the service.
  • Recording and reporting on activity and outcomes.
  • To work at all times within the guidance provided by the employer to appropriately manage clinical risk and safeguarding procedures and ensure good clinical governance.

About us

At Sheffield Children's, our purpose is clear: to provide healthier futures for children and young people. Our three strategic aims are:
  • Outstanding Patient Care
  • Brilliant Place to work
  • Leaders in Children's Health

  • We work successfully with local, regional, and national partners to provide physical and mental healthcare across acute and community settings. Many of our clinicians are amongst the best in their field, recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise.

    As well as having enormous pride in what we do, we are a friendly, welcoming, and motivated NHS Trust who are guided by our CARE values: Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence. Our nearly 4000 colleagues live these values, ensuring kind and compassionate care that makes patients and their families feel safe and at home.

    As we approach our 150th anniversary in 2026, we remain committed to enhancing our reputation in children's health leadership, improving the experiences of both patient and colleagues, and focusing on our communities and population health

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please see Job description and personal specification for main responsibilities for this role.

    Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

    We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

    We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

    We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

    Trust Values

    The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
    • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
    • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
    • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
    • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

    Person Specification

    Qualifications and Training


    • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
    • Registration with HCPC as a clinical psychologist (or other domain title as agreed).
    • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development in Psychotherapies.


    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
    • GuidanceScore To be educated to MSc level or have equivalent Clinical / Managerial experience2 Postgraduate psychotherapy qualification such as PG Dip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, MA Art Therapy, MA Drama Therapy, MA Music Therapy, MSc Family Therapy2 Qualification in supervision of practitioners in delivering psychological interventions



    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions with children and young people, and their families
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of child mental health and well being problems, across the whole age range, reflecting all levels of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse.
    • Experience - in addition to a single training placement of clinical work with children and families with health- care needs.


    • Experience of working with schools and / or communities
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
    • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
    • Experience of working with children and young people in a range of clinical settings.
    • Experience of working with children and families within the area of work specific to this post.
    • Experience of delivering and/or participating in reflective practice.

    Knowledge and Skills


    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • 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.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non- professional groups.
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
    • Some knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
    • Experience of working with risk and knowledge of safeguarding procedures within health
    • Ability to link psychological theory to practice


    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, eating disorders, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
    • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
    • Knowledge of working systemically with teams to promote psychological approaches.
    • Ability to link psychological theory to practice and how this can apply to educational settings

    Personal Qualities


    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • An ability to apply sustained and intense concentration both within the clinical work, and in order to plan workload and liaise effectively with multiple partners.
    • An ability to interact with children, young people and school staff and their carers and families.
    • Ability to personally manage a sensitive, traumatic and potentially emotionally distressing caseload.
    • An understanding of the role
    • Ability to self reflect


    • Proven commitment to continuous professional development.
    • An interest in working within schools

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


    Albion House

    Savile Street


    S4 7UD

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