Clinical Psychologist

Posted 27 days ago by The Retreat York
Location York Job Type Permanent
Salary £40,000 - £50,000 Sector Clinical

Roles & Responsibilities

The Senior Clinician role for Neurodevelopmental Services is expected to:


1. Work with people referred to the Autism and ADHD service for adults or children and young people (CYP), providing assessment, diagnosis and therapy services to individuals presenting with Autism or ADHD, possibly with a wide range of problems, including those with complex issues
2. Screen new referrals provide appropriate documentation and make appropriate decisions and referrals for ongoing treatment by appropriate treatment models
3. Evaluate and assess clinical practice and outcomes using appropriate and agreed evaluation tools, working with the Clinical Lead to ensure these are kept up to date and relevant to the service
4. Maintain a level of clinical activity as set by the Chief Officer and as agreed with the Service Manager for Neurodevelopmental Services

5. Participate in MDT meetings & contribute to shared understandings of clinical processes working closely with the Clinical Lead and Service Manager

6. Provide supervision to internal and external professionals, as required and agreed, and contribute to the development and delivery of training and other CPD activities as appropriate
7. Support, develop and deliver evaluation of the Autism and ADHD services, outcome measurement and research activity, promotional and awareness raising activities as required
8. Manage challenging therapeutic and assessment work with clients in a way that is appropriate to individuals and the ethos of The Retreat
9. Identify opportunities for quality improvement, making suggestions to your line manager accordingly


1. Maintain accreditation and registration with the appropriate professional body.
2. Ensure knowledge, understanding and compliance with all The Retreat’s clinical policies, and clinical standard operating procedures.
3. Be responsible for own professional self-regulation and abide by the legal requirements and statutory rules relating to practice.
4. Make arrangements for supervision of clinical work, funded by The Retreat, with the agreement of the Operations Manager.
5. Ensure client records are up to date and are an accurate reflection of the situation, using the relevant clinical record keeping guidelines.
6. Ensure the physical environment is conducive to high quality and confidential service delivery.
7. Attend to own personal and professional development needs as identified in a Continuing Professional Development plan. The Retreat will contribute to the finance and time needed for this (where appropriate and authorised).
8. Participate in a process of annual appraisal, in accordance with The Retreat’s policy.
9. To work to team/organisational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and individual objectives as part of the Retreat performance management framework
10. Take an active role in ensuring the positive ethos of the organisation is upheld, through compassion, collaboration, care and community.

11. Promote the rights of our customers and keep their wishes at the centre of their care and support, ensuring we ask and respond to their experiences.
12. Take responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of self and others in the organisation, as set out in the Health & Safety and Fire Safety Policies.
13. Uphold the organisation’s equality, diversity and inclusion policy and practices.
14. Ensure a good understanding of the workings of The Retreat by familiarity with the staff handbook, and ensuring all policies and procedures are followed as a key requirement.
15. To take personal responsibility to protect and enforce the organisation’s brand, reputation and Intellectual Property.
16. Use BreatheHR for your own records, and those of others (if you are a line manager) as well as for keeping up to date with organisational documentation and announcements.
17. To be available to work occasional evenings and weekends, as may be required.
18. Carry out other duties and take specific responsibilities that may be commensurate with the post and the skills and experience of the individual as the organisation may require, and as may be agreed with the Chief Officer (Clinical Services).

19. The Retreat is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment including any specific duties for their role as identified under the Safeguarding Policy.

Performance Measures

  • Productivity, as measured by number of sessions and/or assessments and supervision completed per week, as agreed with the Service Manager (minimum 53% of your time should be spent on income generating activities)
  • Provide high quality therapy and assessment as measured by appropriate and agreed evaluation tools.
  • Clinical record keeping, as measured by appropriate audits of defensible documentation

Person Specification


  • Educated to degree level with appropriate post-graduate qualifications and accreditation with an appropriate professional body
  • A minimum of three years’ experience and appropriate training in working with autistic people or people with ADHD
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of how to implement evaluation of services and research activity
  • Experience of using outcomes measures to evaluate own clinical practice
  • Self-motivated & organised with the ability to work & stay calm under pressure
  • Ability to deal with distressing or emotional circumstances and take care of own well-being on a very regular and frequent basis
  • Computer literacy, including knowledge of all word packages and the ability to learn and work with other software package


  • Training and experience in clinical supervision
  • Experience and knowledge of the delivery of training courses for and consultations with other professionals
  • Experience of how to improve the quality of services
  • Evidence of ongoing pro

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