Clinical Psychologist (Neurodevelopment) - Band 8a / (Band 7)

Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust
£40,057 to £53,219 a year pro rata (pay award pending)
Closing date
30 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Child/ Adult Neurodevelopmental Service (Autism and ADHD)- Clinical/Applied Psychologist Band 8a or Band 7 (to 8a) development posts will be considered based on experience.

Full or part time Coventry and/or Warwickshire Flexible working available, with mix of remote and office based working

Do you want experience in?

- Consultation

- Supervision

- Formulation

Whilst primarily a diagnostic service emphasis is placed on assessments being a therapeutic process for an individual.

We are looking for a motivated and committed psychologist for a Band 8a post, or to apply as a Band 7 development post with the opportunity to progress to a Band 8a, via a supported process of professional development. We can offer flexibility in terms of working patterns, hours and location across Coventry and Warwickshire some of which can be virtual.


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Main duties of the job

For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.

The Coventry & Warwickshire All-Age Neurodevelopmental service provides a dynamic, specialist assessment and intervention services for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders; primarily Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We work closely with our mental health teams and partners including Education, Social Care and the 3rd sector and have recently been awarded significant new funding to transform the experience of neurodiverse people across the region.

As a successful candidate you will work autonomously and as part of a MDT (including Community Paediatrics, Speech and language Therapy, Psychiatry, Nursery Nursing and Occupational Therapy) within our All Age pathways. This is a dynamic role where you may be working in community settings and providing online assessments/interventions in addition to consultation, training and supervision.

About us

The service received an overall rating of Good by the CQC and an Outstanding for care and compassion of which we are rightly proud. We have also been recognised both locally and nationally by receiving awards for the services we provide.

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust provides a full range of expanding physical, mental health and learning disability services to children, young adults, adults and older adults over many sites across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

Services are provided to a population of over one million people living in Coventry and Warwickshire and also a wider geographical area in some of our specialist services, we see on average around 5,000 patients every day.

Job description Job responsibilities

For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.

The Neurodevelopmental Services consist of Pre- School, School Age and Adult Services and there would be opportunities to work across the lifespan.

Recent investment and promotion in our service has created some exciting opportunities for psychologists who looking to work with individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. Depending on the post holders current level of experience and training there will be a bespoke and structured competency and training programme developed with them to ensure they have the skills, knowledge and confidence to fulfil their role.

The job is situated in a small and supportive team that places emphasis maintaining a healthy work life balance. We have a strong commitment to clinical supervision and there are opportunities for continuing professional development and training in line with service objectives.

The post-holder will join an established group of professionals including Psychologists, Paediatrics, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Practitioners and Occupational Therapy.

Applicants will need to have a keen interest in developing new or existing skills in the use of diagnostic assessments for Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Experience of working with this population, either in children or adult services would be desirable however, interest and enthusiasm for working with neurodiverse children and young people is essential. The post also offers opportunities to contribute to service transformation and innovation, we have excellent links with local DClinPsy training programmes with current staff regularly providing teaching and placements and can provide the development of leadership skills through in-service experience and training.

As travel is an integral part of this post, car owner/driver, or suitable alternative transport to enable you to undertake the job is essential (It is unlikely that public transport will meet this requirement). This post is subject to a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure at Enhanced level.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Good honours degree in Psychology. Eligibility for Graduate Membership of the BPS PhD or DClinPsych or equivalent in Applied Psychology (Clinical/Counselling).
  • Registered as an Applied Psychologist (Clinical/Counselling) with the HCPC/HPC
  • Pre and post-qualification training in specialist assessment and treatment of people with neurodevelopmental disorders, assessment, research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Post qualification training in one or more evidence based psychological approach (e.g. CBT or systemic psychotherapy)
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • 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, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to practice independently within this clinical area (neurodevelopmental disorders).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of audit and research methodology
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Awareness of cultural and other diversity issues
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Ability to communicate highly complex condition-related information to young people and their families, often in an emotive and/or hostile environment.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Proven knowledge and skills relevant to psychological approaches to children or Children/young people with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Ability to provide specialist clinical advice on an individual case basis.
  • Ability to demonstrate team building, leadership and organisational skills.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and ability to practice in a person / family centred way.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of clinical and clinical supervision skills.
Experience Essential
  • Clinical experience as a psychologist of working with Children/young people or adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health concerns and/or learning disabilities
  • Experience of MDT / multi-agency / professional working
  • Experience of supervising qualified and/or non-qualified staff

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