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Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Clinical Psychologist
NHS AfC: Band 7
One role is permanent and one role is Fixed term for 2 years
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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QEII Hospital and St Albans CC
Welwyn / St Albans
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Salary period
02/11/2020 23:59

An exciting opportunity has arisen for 2 Band 7 Clinical Psychologist to join our ever growing Positive behaviour, Autism, Learning disability, Mental health Service (PALMS) Team

PALMS offers individually tailored support for children and young people (CYP), aged 0-19 who have a global learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping families to manage challenging behaviour and/or to support mental health needs. PALMS aims to keep children and young people with their families within Hertfordshire thereby improving outcomes for all family members. PALMS provides early intervention where necessary and intensive support to families reaching crisis with a step up and step down approach throughout their care journey. Interventions include workshops, groups, individual therapy, and therapeutic work with parents/carers/siblings.

We are seeking to appoint 2 motivated and forward thinking clinicians who can work flexibly and are committed to supporting CYP and their families across Hertfordshire. PALMS is a friendly, cohesive and proactive team who value feedback. We empower all team members to contribute to the continuous development of the service and welcome innovation and change.

One post will be based at QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City covering the East and North of the county. This post will be permanent and full time.

One post will be based at St Albans Children’s Centre covering the South and West of the county. This post is fixed term for 2 years and full time, however as the team continues to evolve, we secure additional funding year on year.

PALMS are open to flexible working and therefore part time / job share would be considered, working a minimum of 0.6 WTE.

The ideal candidates will be:

  • Able to develop individual case formulations for all CYP integrating clinical assessment data with evidence based therapeutic models in order to plan interventions for CYP and collaboratively engage them in the process of therapy.
  • Able to plan and lead workshops and therapeutic groups with CYP and families.
  • Able to provide consultation, and where appropriate, supervision and training to other PALMS clinicians.
  • Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings where there is a highly emotive atmosphere.
  • Flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
  • Able to work both in a team environment and autonomously

We can offer you:

  • Regular clinical and professional supervision
  • Regular appraisal, personal development planning and opportunities for continuing professional development. This includes specific support with regards to fulfilling the PALMS’ role such as co-facilitating workshops.
  • Regular opportunities to meet as a team and run reflective groups
  • Regular CPD and Peer Reflection
  • Support and guidance in transitioning to a newly qualified post (if appropriate).
  • A planned approach to being able to undertake core PALMS Clinical tasks from shadowing through to autonomously undertaking.
  • Opportunities to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team and learn from other evidence based frameworks and approaches.
  • Involvement in service development including undertaking clinical audits, project work and service forums.
  • Opportunities to provide clinical supervision and line management to other members of the PALMS team as appropriate.
  • Involvement in providing training.
  • 27 days annual leave, 29 if you have worked for the NHS for 5 years and 33 if you have worked for the NHS for 10 years, in addition to 8 days bank holidays.
  • Entitlement to the NHS pension scheme.

Closing date for applications will be midnight on 2nd November 2020. Due to COVID19, interviews will be run using video conferencing and full details and instructions will be provided to successful candidates.

This role requires you to drive across Hertfordshire . You must hold a full valid driving license, and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010). 

If you do not meet both criteria, it is unlikely that you will be shortlisted for this role.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Rebecca Scullion
Job title
Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead
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Telephone number
01727 582122