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Clinical psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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Clinical psychologist Autism
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Permanent: 37.5 hrs
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (full -time)
Job ref
Burnley General hospital
£47,126 - £53,219 pro rata
Salary period
11/07/2022 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a specialist clinical psychologist to join us as part of a new multi-disciplinary team working across Pennine .

The ELHT Autism service for children and young people  delivers the Autism diagnostic pathway for children and young people up to the age of 18 within the East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen footprint across a variety of settings including the child’s home and education provision 

This role is an integral part of the  integrated multidisciplinary team model for assessment of children and young people referred because concerns have been raised about autism.

This specialist multidisciplinary service consists of a team of Paediatricians, Clinical Psychology & clinical psychiatry, Speech and Language Therapists, Specialist Practitioners,  support workers and administrative coordinators. 

 Band 7 preceptorship post will be considered for Newly Qualified candidates. 

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the provision of safe, personal and effective individual and group based specialist psychological assessments and interventions for children and young people  referred onto the diagnostic pathway

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the specialty and Psychology service’s policies and procedures

Undertake a comprehensive assessment at a highly specialist level with children referred for an autism assessment. Undertaking the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including diagnostic tools psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, ratings scales, direct and indirect observations and semi-structured  interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care

Provide comprehensive clinical reports clearly outlining clinical reasoning and recommendations, including highly complex case management

To work as part of the Social Communication Disorder Panels across Blackburn and Darwen and East Lancashire

To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner both orally and in writing, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children, young people and families under their care and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary care.

Working for our organisation

The post holder will work within the Community Neurodevelopmental Paediatric (CNP) Directorate as part of the Family Care Division. We work with children and young people across  East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen  providing a specialist service in the assessment and management of children and young people with complex disability.  

We have a fantastic team of people who are conscientious, caring, reliable and compassionate, all qualities which are essential to the NHS. 

Part time and Flexible working patterns will be considered. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To manage own caseload, exercising autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose difficulties are manged within a psychological framework,

Regular communication with the referral agent and others involved in the young person’s care. This will include members of the multi-disciplinary team involved in diagnostic assessment.

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the children, young people, family and carer’s formulations, diagnosis and intervention plans.

Assist the service in involving service users, their carers and family in service improvements and delivery of high-quality care.

Undertake the comprehensive assessment of patients, including those with highly complex presentations, using psychological skills at a highly specialist level.

To contribute to the evaluation and monitoring of the psychological input into the primary school age social communication disorder pilot

To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the team’s operational polices and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit where required.

To demonstrate awareness of potential communication difficulties and/or cultural considerations and, where appropriate, adapt professional practice, accordingly, involving identification of, and effective liaison with, appropriate support services (e.g. advocacy, family support, translators).

Lead meetings to share ideas and exchange information

To signpost to information, with the aim of increasing the CYP, family and carers knowledge and awareness of caring for a child with neurodevelopmental health needs such as social communication disorder.

Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with medical, nursing, therapy, education, social services staff, and others to ensure the delivery of coordinated multidisciplinary and a multi-agency approach and facilitate and maintain good working relationships.

Communicate highly complex or sensitive information, in an empathetic and reassuring manner to patients and carers in a language understandable to them.  This may include imparting unwelcome news relating to a diagnosis or future needs

Ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with professional standards and organisational guidance.

Act as an advocate on behalf of patients.

Take responsibility for multidisciplinary student and junior staff learning as required.  

Provide training and clinical guidance to colleagues, multi-disciplinary team and other agencies as required.




Person specification

Training & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Post graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or the equivalent) as accredited by the HCPC/BPS, specifically including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
Desirable criteria
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology

training & qulaifications

Essential criteria
  • Registered with the HCPC
Desirable criteria
  • Training in models of supervision.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of children, young people and their families across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course, presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity, 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 working with children and families with suspected or confirmed social communication disorder.
  • Experience of cross agency working in a service delivery/development context.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client’s psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working therapeutically with parents and children in paediatric health settings.
  • Experience of delivering therapeutic group work
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of systemic approach and group work with children, young people and their families
  • Experience of running groups, particularly with parents, adolescents and children.
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to Social Communication Disorder and it’s implication for both clinical practice and professional management
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own clinical workload and research programmes
  • 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 groups
  • Evidence of continuing professional developments as required by the Health Care Professions Council
Desirable criteria
  • High level skills in the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies for use with children, young people and their families.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in relation specifically to Social Communication Disorder
  • Knowledge and understanding of the SCD service context


Essential criteria
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to ‘hold’ the stress for others
  • Ability to sustain intense levels of concentration, responding and participating as required
  • Ability to self-reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately.
  • Ability to cope in, and deal with, highly distressing emotional circumstances.
  • Ability to cope with unpleasant working environments or conditions
  • Ability to sit in constrained positions when working with clients
  • 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.
  • Able to travel across sites
  • Ability to identify and provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify and employ methods of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to assess and manage risk.
  • Ability to recognise and challenge discrimination
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills.
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for professional audit and wish to continue to develop expertise in the service.
  • Personal experience of coping with life stressors
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

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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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Catherine Whitney
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