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Clinical Psychologist

Job Title:Clinical Psychologist
Job Types:Full-time, Part-time, Permanent
Salary:£40,000.00 – £45,000.00 per year
Reference ID: ID: NH-1

Job description

Our vision and values

We are an attachment and trauma-informed multidisciplinary service who aim to provide assessment, stabilisation, treatment and intervention for children and young people with complex mental health needs to promote their health, well-being and independence. Respect, compassion and person-centred care are central principles at Aaban, and we pride ourselves in recruiting staff who share our values. We work hard to create a culture that encourages and recognises the unique contributions our staff make to ensure the delivery of high-quality care.


  • To join the multi-disciplinary Aaban Service in the delivery of mental health care to children and young people and their families, including involvement in the multi-disciplinary assessment pathway.
  • To provide specialist psychological and / or mental health input to children and young people and their families/carers.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and therapy.
  • To offer advice and consultation on clients’ psychological care to colleagues from all disciplines and to individuals external to Aaban working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service’s policies and procedures.
  • To support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other professionals and to offer supervision as agreed per job plan.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the service.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of one’s psychological practice.

Working Environment:

We are a 10 bedded therapeutic placement, with two units next door to each other. We work primarily with young people who have complex trauma, and/or additional social, emotional and mental health needs. Our referrals come from various sources, predominantly Children’s Social Care and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Members of the clinical team may at times be exposed to distressing situations or challenging behaviour. The Clinical Psychologist will play a part in identifying, providing and promoting appropriate means of support to the clinical team.

Main Duties And Responsibilities:


  • To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team for children and young people, within the clinical governance structures and protocols of the service.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments for children and young people based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological, neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, ratings scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interview with children and young people, family members and others involved in the young person’s care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of emotional and behavioural disorders in children, young people and families, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client’s problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for developing and implementing a range of psychological interventions, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses and taking account of changing needs during the course of delivering the intervention.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical, environmental and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological and / or mental health advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals, contributing to clients’ formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically-based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To contribute to and implement policy changes and developments.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary care.
  • To contribute knowledge, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the team.
  • The post holder will undertake all work sensitive to the needs of children and young people and their families/carers from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and with sensitivity to issues of power, gender, educational attainment, sexuality, disability, class and age.

Teaching, training, and supervision

  • To receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with HCPC guidelines.
  • To pursue continuing professional development by relevant study and attendance at training events, courses and conferences to gain experience and skills relevant to the service.
  • To develop skills in the area of training and supervision and to provide consultation and supervision to other workers, including providing clinical supervision as needed.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group, across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

Management, recruitment, policy and service development

  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the service as required through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To take personal responsibility for attending and contributing to clinical and care quality meetings within the service.
  • To manage the workloads of supervises within the framework of the Team’s policies and procedures and as directed by the line manager / clinical lead.
  • To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of clinical practice within the service.

Research and service evaluation

  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members, including the use of outcome measures.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research within the context of the needs of the service as directed by the Clinical Leads / Team Manager.
  • To undertake audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service, to help develop service provision.

IT responsibilities (other than those used for research)

  1. The post holder will input and maintain appropriate computer and manual clinical records and statistical data and provide this to the Service Manager / Clinical Leads when necessary.
  2. The post holder will engage in relevant computer and IT training as required.


  • To remain current with all mandatory / statutory training for the service.
  • To adhere to national, statutory, legislative, professional and local policies/procedures including Health & Safety, Sickness and Absence, and Annual Leave.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, as agreed by the post holder’s service manager(s) and professional lead.
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology / child and adolescent mental health and related disciplines.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the HCPC / British Psychological Society etc. and Aaban policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.
  • All Aaban staff are expected to actively involve service users in decisions about the service and support they receive, to be aware of and inform service users about participation initiatives, and actively support the development of such initiatives to ensure the voice of service users is at the heart of service design, development and delivery.

To be noted:

  • This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the post holder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the Team Manager / Service Manager.
  • This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder.
  • The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information, and Safeguarding.

Person Specification – Band 7 Clinical Psychologist (CAMHS)


Requirements necessary for safe and effective performance in the job

Where available, elements that would contribute to immediate performance in the job


Post-graduate doctoral level training (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) in clinical psychology, or counselling psychology, as accredited by the BPS. Training should include specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.

HCPC Registration as Practitioner Psychologist: Clinical Psychologist.


Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice especially relevant to complex CAMHS. In particular:

  • Research
  • CYP-IAPT Therapy Training
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • ADOS-2

Recent Safeguarding children training.

Previous experience

Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity around mental health concerns across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential 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 delivering evidence-based treatment using a range of modalities in a number of cultural contexts.


Experience of providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other therapies to young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental differences (e.g. Learning Disabilities).

Experience of working within a multidisciplinary Specialist CAMHS team and of proving specialist CAMHS assessment and intervention.

Experience of teaching, training and / or supervision.

Supervised experience of evidence-based treatment in relation to children with mental health concerns.

Knowledge and Skills:

Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.

Knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration, in particular as applied to complex problems including cognitive behavioural methods.

Knowledge of the theoretical evidence base for understanding, formulating and providing interventions for mental health concerns experienced by children and young people.

Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information including diagnoses and formulations to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues.

Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance and as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

Experience of assessing mental health risk and safeguarding concerns.

Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.


High level knowledge of the theory and practice of other specialised psychological CAMHS or family treatments

Knowledge of CAMHS legislation

Knowledge and experience of research methodology

Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

Experience of planning and delivery group treatments.

Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy acquired during Doctorate Qualification and / or trained to minimum diploma level.

Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy


Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery 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 of others.

Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.

Treats service users with respect and dignity at all times.

Enthusiastic, flexible and confident approach to working.

Able to prioritise own workload and meet performance requirements for the role.

Willingness and ability to learn new skills and adapt to change.


Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.

Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behavior. In particular:

  • Understands and able to implement and promote the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the post.
  • Understands and can apply confidentiality and information sharing policy and procedures.

Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.

£1000 signing bonus paid following satisfactory completion of DBS and receipt of references. This would be repayable if staff member left within probationary period.

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