Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

The closing date is 17 December 2021

Job summary

This Band 7 post is open to those interested in working in either the West (Kings Lynn) or Central (Norwich) or a combination of the two.

We would like to invite applications from third year trainees or qualified Clinical Psychologists with an interest in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to join our friendly, busy and hardworking team. We are looking for Psychologists who are enthusiastic and creative in their approach to service delivery and committed to improving the lives of children and young people. The Neurodevelopmental Service is a countywide service offering assessment and intervention for individuals with ADHD and assessment for ASD. You will work alongside experience Psychologists, Paediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Nurses and other professionals involved in the assessment and planning of therapeutic interventions to children aged 0-18 and their families.

Main duties of the job

You will be expected to use a range of assessment skills including formal psychometric tests, diagnostic assessments (such as the ADOS), interviews with parents/carers and observations in a range of settings, to inform the assessment and diagnostic process, as well as the planning and provision of interventions. There will be opportunities to undertake research and to contribute to the supervision, teaching and training of other professionals, both within and outside the team. The development of your consultation skills will be a priority.

There will be the opportunity to liaise with other Psychologists working within the Trust. The Psychology Team within NCH&C offers excellent opportunities for CPD, research and teaching as well as close links with the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia. There is scope for this to be a preceptorship post moving to a Band 8 a, dependent on meeting the requirements.

About us

We would love to hear from candidates who have a passion for working with children and young people with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and would welcome informal visits and discussion prior to application. Please contact Dr Stephanie Summers, Clinical Psychologist on 01553 668712 for more information.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Job description

Job responsibilities

* Participation in the assessment, formulation and intervention planning and delivering for children and young people with suspected Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ADHD/ASD).* The communication of highly complex information to, parents/carers, young people and other professionals in a sensitive manner.* Professional input into the diagnostic process for ASD/ADHD where appropriate, including post diagnosis feedback and support.* The post holder will use a range of psychological skills to respond to clients who may be distressed, hostile or resistant to engage them in a therapeutic process.* The post-holder will organise and deliver teaching and training to professionals, clients and carers on issues related to child development and appropriate psychological interventions.* The post-holder will be expected to plan his/her workload, including prioritising cases in terms of urgency and risk, as well as monitoring/supervising the caseload of assistants, trainees and students.* The post-holder will use computerised systems for record keeping and reference systems.* The post-holder will be required to travel between a range of appointment venues in both urban and rural locations.* The post demands extended periods of significant concentrated effort, both mental (therapy, consultation, verbal mediation and written communication) and physical (administration of psychometric assessment, therapy, consultation and report writing).

* The post-holder will frequently be required to work with children and families who will express severe emotional distress. This distress may be displayed through aggressive behaviour.* The post-holder will sometimes be required to work with no other professionals nearby.* Contribute to review of service issues relating to the pathway, as requested by senior colleagues. This advice may focus on:- workload,- service priorities,- interface with other services/professionals- National trends.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration or application to register with Health and Care Professions Council
  • Good Honours Degree in Psychology
  • Graduate Membership of BPS


  • Other related academic qualifications to Masters or Doctorate level
  • Application for Chartered status made to British Psychological Society



  • Working with client group either during or prior to training


  • Further training within designated specialty
  • Clinical supervision training for Doctoral trainees
  • Record of having published in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • High level (doctoral) skills in: communication; teaching; clinical supervision; clinical analysis and formulation and research methodology
  • An identified area of specialist knowledge within designated specialty
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and implications for clinical practice
  • Ability to manage own work timetable
  • Ability to resolve difficult interpersonal situations
  • Ability to manage stress generated by work/work environment
  • Ability to participate in supervision


  • Specialised training/knowledge
  • Advanced keyboard skills

Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework)


  • Works to professional guidelines
  • Accountable for own professional actions
  • Highly motivated with respect to developing clinical and academic skills
  • Must work within professional ethics and NCH&C's policies
  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people



  • Able to make own travelling arrangements to meet the needs of the service
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



Employer's website

https://www.norfolkcommunityhealthandcare.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Dr Stephanie Summers



Date posted

12 November 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



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