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Clinical Psychologist
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Employer type
Dragon Square
£43,742 - £57,349 pro rata, per annum
Salary period
08/06/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Job overview

North Staffordshire Directorate

Clinical Psychologist

Band 7 preceptorship

1.0 WTE



Are you a Clinical Psychologist with experience of working with neurodiverse children and young people?  We have an excellent opportunity for a Preceptorship Band 7 Clinical Psychologist post progressing to a Band 8a.

This is a varied Clinical Psychology role; conducting diagnostic assessments and providing post-diagnostic support to children, young people and their families.  This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding multidisciplinary team, working in a CQC Outstanding rated Trust.

The post holder would join our friendly multi-disciplinary team and work with our School Age Autism Spectrum Disorder Service, with close links with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service teams. The main aspects of the role include conducting specialist autism assessments, diagnosis and formulation in collaboration with the MDT and our service users and, planning and facilitating post-diagnosis support. The post holder would offer support to junior colleagues including assistant and Trainee psychologists with a view to developing supervision skills.

We offer excellent clinical supervision and support. There are a wide range of CPD opportunities available. The post will involve a combination of face to face and remote working.


Main duties of the job

Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of specialist psychological care to clients with Autism and mental health conditions or learning disabilities which may include challenging behaviours.

To be compassionate in meeting the needs of clients, their carers and families.

To provide advice, guidance and clinical supervision to less experienced colleagues within the designated psychology service and to other members of the multidisciplinary team.                                  

To undertake formal research as an integral part of the job.

To be pro-active in continual service improvement within own area.

To promote at all times a positive image of  neurodiverse people with mental ill health or learning disabilities.

To promote at all times a positive image of the service and the wider Trust.

Working for our organisation

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we’d like you to be part of it.

Our vision is ‘To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.’ Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

As an employee and representative of the Trust, you are required to demonstrate and uphold the Trust’s Values.  These are:

Proud to CARE:


Caring with compassion, it’s about how we listen, what we say, what we do.


Friendly, welcoming, sharing ideas and being open


Taking personal and collective responsibility, being accountable for our actions


Striving for the best, for high-quality safe care and continually improving

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Provides specialist psychological assessment of clients with complex conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources. Providing diagnostic assessments using recommended Autism assessment tools and integrating varied assessment information to inform formulation and diagnostic outcome.

Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.

Undertakes risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

Formulates plans for specialist psychological therapy and/or management of clients’ neurodiverse and mental health needs based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice.  Negotiates the implementation of such plans with clients and/or their carers.

Implements a range of specialist psychological therapies for individual clients, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations as required.

Evaluates therapy options and makes decisions about treatment.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with mental health/learning disability clients (depending on designated service area).


Essential criteria
  • Evidence- based practice relevant to the role.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Alison Makin
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