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Clinical Psychologist-Paediatrics

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Clinical Psychologist to join our Community Paediatric team. This post will form part of a growing Community Psychology team with exciting opportunities for service development and team working. This post will involve working within our Community Paediatric MDT, providing comprehensive assessments of children with possible Autism Spectrum Disorders. There will also be scope to develop some initial psychological intervention pathways within the Community Paediatric service for children and young people with neurodevelopmental and complex neurological disorders. We welcome applications from newly qualified clinicians and current band 7's with a strong interest in working with this client group.

The successful candidate will join a small Paediatric Clinical Psychology team which offers good opportunities for professional support and development. We regularly have trainees on placement with us from local ClinPsyD programmes. We are always looking at how we can improve services and clinical outcomes for our patients. We are keen for all members of the Clinical Psychology team to contribute to service development, innovation and improvement.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a Clinical Psychologist who can work autonomously and as part of a team to provide high quality assessments for possible Autism Spectrum Disorders. This will involve working within an assessment protocol for children being seen by the Community Paediatric multidisciplinary team, acting as the case co-ordinator as and when required and contributing to the assessment of complex diagnostic cases. The role will involve working with individuals as well as families, and external agencies such as schools, mental health services and social care. We are looking for a Clinical Psychologist with excellent communication skills who can work sensitively and thoughtfully with children, young people and their families

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS and registration with HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • HCPC registration



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, in-patient and out-patient care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • 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 multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of undertaking risk assessments and risk management plans.


  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or neurodevelopmental conditions, particularly of children and adolescents.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Colchester Hospital

Turner Road



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