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Clinical Psychologist

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Chester, Cheshire
£58,972 - £68,525 pa pro rata
Closing date
6 Jan 2024

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Contract Type
Part Time, Permanent


Main area Women & Children's - Community Paediatrics
Grade Band 8b
Contract Permanent
Hours Part time - 30 hours per week
Job ref 210-2023-1103
Site Countess of Chester Hospital
Town Chester
Salary £58,972 - £68,525 pa pro rata
Salary period Yearly
Closing 06/01/2024 23:59

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, staff pride themselves on not only leading through clinical excellence, but also by creating an environment where all staff are valued and appreciated. To achieve this, the Trust has embarked on an exciting new strategy focused on continuous improvement.  

Our vision is to improve the lives of our community and provide excellence in healthcare, through partnership and innovation

Our High Performance Culture will support everyone to be the best version of themselves by being true to our Trust vision, values and behaviors.

We welcome applications from colleagues from our local and neighbouring communities of all backgrounds and identities, who are currently under-represented within our region such as Black, Asian, Minority ethnic and those with disabilities.

As a region we are reviewing the way we work, and exploring how new working practices that support flexible working can create a positive work-life balance. As part of our recruitment process we will explore how our inclusive employment policies, flexible working, staff engagement forums, Trust facilities and services can be of mutual benefit.

Job overview

Working Part time - 30 Hours per week

Are you an enthusiastic, highly motivated and dynamic Clinical Psychologist seeking progression or an exciting new challenge? If so, we would love for you to come and join us in our Paediatric service at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

We have an exciting new post that the successful applicant can shape and develop, and would suit someone with a vision of what the care of our children, young people and their families should look like.

Taking on a specialist role within our Community Paediatric Neuro-developmental Team. The main duties of the post holder will be required to undertake Autism assessments for primary school aged children. The Community Paediatric Team works within the multi-agency preschool and school aged Autism pathway in West Cheshire. The successful candidate will work 30 hours per week over 4 days (negotiable).

As this is a new post we are looking at how we can also support and develop candidates in any areas of specialist interest within our paediatric service alongside the work with the community team. If you have a specialist interest and would like to explore this further, please let us know in your application so we can discuss this with you.

We believe that education and learning should be a life long venture, so we would assist you financially to embark on any relevant post qualification training course you wish to complete.

Main duties of the job

  • To attend, contribute and chair monthly ASD multidisciplinary team meetings and weekly triage meetings.
  • To contribute to the development of appropriate diagnostic assessment protocols for the ASD service.
  • To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology ASD assessment and diagnostic service to children, young people and their families. This includes multiagency ASD assessments, formulating a profile of the child’s needs and strengths and report writing.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of children referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations, developmental history and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the child’s care.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients.
  • To make appropriate and evidence-based recommendations for children.

Working for our organisation

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:

  • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds
  • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.                                                             

The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is £23 (standard) or £43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification ClinPsychD
  • Eligible for Chartered Psychologist status.
  • Registration with the HPC as a Clinical Psychologist (or other relevant domain as agreed by the Director of Psychological Services)
  • Training in Autism Diagnostic Assessments
  • Post qualification and further specialist training in specified specialist intervention, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
  • Further specialist supervision in specific psychological approaches and or client groups supported by case presentations, group supervision and short courses. as part of an agreed personal development plan
Desirable criteria
  • Training in Autism Diagnostic tools e.g. ADOS, ADI, 3Di training
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience of conducting autism assessments and working within this area of speciality
  • Ability to network and seek out best practice pathways
  • Ability to lead, motivate and develop staff
  • Excellent written and verbal
  • Effective communication skills including the ability to deliver clear and professional presentations to all levels of staff
  • Influencing skills
  • Experience of change management
  • Understanding of the political and strategic health agendas including the impact of such at operational level The ability to deal with and respond effectively to change within a fast moving environment, adopting a flexible approach
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.

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