CAMHS Specialist Clinical Psychologist (N&S OPD CUESED / SCAAND)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum Incl. HCAs
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The CUES team and the Autism and Related Disorders (ARD) Team within the Service for Complex Autism and Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND) are looking for an enthusiastic and highly engaging Band 7 Specialist Clinical Psychologist for a new and exciting split post between the two National and Specialist CAMHS Services. This full-time split post will be placed 0.5 wte in the dynamic CUES Team, and 0.5 wte in the specialist ARD Team.

CUES Team: This is a fantastic opportunity to join the CUES team at an exciting time. This post will give you the opportunity to develop your clinical skills, particularly in the areas of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and working in the Neurodevelopmental field.

ARD Team: One of four streams within the exciting and developing National and Specialist CAMHS SCAAND. The post holder will play an integral role in the provision of assessment, intervention, supervision and service evaluation and development to meet the needs of young people and their families.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have opportunity to gain experience across two well established National and Specialist CAMHS Teams.

CUES: The post holder will deliver a small group intervention within CUES in clinical settings for children with ASD and their families. There will be opportunity to be involved in developing the group for children presenting with anxiety and related difficulties and assisting in ongoing evaluation of session content and material. They will work closely with, and provide additional support to, the Assistant Psychologists and trainees in the team.

ARD: The post holder will work closely with the Senior Clinical Psychologists and colleagues within the multi-disciplinary ARD Team to provide specialist comprehensive assessments and evidence-based individual interventions for children and young people with complex neurodevelopmental conditions and associated mental health difficulties. There are opportunities for joint working with a range of professionals within the team and across the service, for delivering teaching and for contributing to SCAAND group intervention.

The successful candidate will have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration and be registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist. They will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure. Further information about the Disclosure scheme can be found at

About us


CUES provides an innovative mental health prevention and early intervention programme in primary schools and clinic settings, rooted in evidence-based CBT. The successful post holder will be responsible for delivering groupwork for children with ASD across 2 local CAMHS settings. CUES has worked with over 6500 children in primary schools and shown consistently good outcomes. The team are excited to currently be conducting a randomised controlled trial of their newly developed digital programme for schools.


The ARD Team is positioned within the National and Specialist SCAAND Service. SCAAND is a busy multi-disciplinary service, which sees over 120 new young people each year. The service provides comprehensive assessment and evidence-based interventions to young people up to 18 years of age with ASD and associated disorders. SCAAND consists of three outpatient streams and an intensive outreach stream (AID-IIT) that specialise in different presentations and that work closely together in providing a comprehensive service for young people with complex autism and their families.

Maudsley Hospital (headquarters)

The teams are based at the Michael Rutter Centre, De Crespigny Park, SE5 8AZ on the Maudsley Hospital site.This is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2) and is within walking distance from Ruskin Park and the vibrant high-street that offers great shopping opportunities and a wide range of restaurants.

Job description Job responsibilities

CUES Team: Within CUES, the band 7 post will include undergoing the necessary training and developing the necessary skills for delivering and maintaining the quality of the programme. The team is committed to providing accessible interventions and improving the outcomes of children and young people in our local communities. The programme has been developed to promote mental health and improve emotional wellbeing for primary aged children. The programme is also provided for children with ASD and Chronic Physical Illness in small groups and individually. The post holder will provide the CUES intervention within CAMHS settings. Clinical supervision will be provided regularly with a senior clinician within the team.

ARD Team: Within ARD, the band 7 post involves a balanced combination of multi-disciplinary assessment work with young people with complex needs (including ADOS-2 assessments, cognitive, psychometric, and neuropsychological testing and also young person and parent interviews) and intervention cases within a CAMHS outpatient model. Intervention is varied, ranging from direct work with young people with a range of presentations and needs, work with their parents or carers and joint work with other agencies and disciplines. Intervention care planning and delivery is also supported by the multi-disciplinary complex formulation meetings held within the team. The ARD Team also provides professional consultations to other agencies or services around the child or adolescent and their family. The post holder will have opportunities for supervision with an Assistant Psychologist or Trainee Clinical Psychologists within the team.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oDoctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. (A/I)
  • oRegistered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist. (A/I)
  • Training and/or experience in autism specific assessments e.g. ADOS-2 (A/I)
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of client needs. (A/I)
  • oExperience of psychological assessment and treatment of children and young people with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature with ASD and associated mental health difficulties and/or challenging behaviour (A/I)
  • oExperience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience. (A/I)
  • oExperience of developing and carrying out research projects. (A/I)
Understanding & Knowledge Essential
  • oTheoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder and associated mental health difficulties or challenging behaviour and early interventions in mental health, e.g. CBT for anxiety and depression (A/I)
  • oKnowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics (A/I)
Skills Essential
  • oTo deliver psychological therapy and group interventions across cultural and other differences (A/I)
  • oTo select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources (A/I)
  • oTo be skilled in the administration of psychometric and neuropsychological tests, including those that require complex manipulation of test materials. (A/I)
Abilities Essential
  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles (A/I)
  • oAbility to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour (A/I)
  • oAbility to use IT/computer software and multimedia materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings (A/I)

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