Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Hereford
Salary: Circa £44,000 per annum
Reference: RS103006
Job Published: May 25, 2018 08:36

Job Description

By doing what’s right, doing what’s needed, and doing what works for children.

Ref: RS103006


37 hours per week

Circa £44,000 per annum

How we work:

Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works for children in the UK. Every year, our team changes the lives of 370,000 children, young people and families. 

HIPSS provide a therapeutic fostering service to help children and young people with complex needs. It offers those who have experienced significant trauma in their lives an opportunity to overcome adversity and have the chance to form stable and secure relationships with their carers and learn to be a child again.

HIPSS is a dedicated, friendly and creative team of professionals from psychology, education, social care, fostering and youth work providing a full wrap around support system for children and young people with complex needs from 7 to 18 years old.

Our work is always underpinned by an individually developed biopsychosocial formulation. Our formulations draw upon a wide range of psychological models. However, our four core models will always be used: Attachment; Systemic; Social Learning; Humanistic – Person Centred.

How you’ll make a difference:

By developing and providing a high level systematic Psychology service using the model within the service area covered by the community/clinic/inpatient service, with responsibility for governance of psychological practice, treatment protocols and clinical supervision.

By managing the implementation of psychological interventions for children, parents, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis showing capacity to adjust and refine provisional hypotheses and psychological formulations, drawing on a range of different explanatory models, and a range of relevant theories and frameworks.

By carrying a complex caseload of direct work with young people and families with complex mental health needs ensuring the highest standards of clinical record keeping, delivering best practice through application and embedding of effective professional case management and reflective supervision.

By working in a multi-disciplinary manner to provide highly specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention, based upon the appropriate information and data from a variety of sources/professionals and to utilise this information to communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner in both written and verbal form enabling different views and seek to develop a shared plan where appropriate.

By working with the Locality Services Manager to develop and retain existing or new business opportunities and to contribute to and help put into practice new or revised policies that improve the quality of the service.

By receiving regular clinical supervision from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and management supervision. To keep abreast of the latest developments in the profession and consider, discuss with management the relevance to the services provided.

By providing clinical and professional supervision of practitioners in the team to deliver the outcomes as set out in the service agreement, in terms of outcomes for children and young people and to provide training, support and resources to the team and social care teams on a range of psychological models, theories and interventions.

By creating clinical assessments, evaluations and reports for the service to Action for Children and Commissioners to measure the impact and to intervening in complex systems around the young people to improve systems and processes.

What you’ll need:


  • Doctorate or equivalent in clinical psychology
  • Registered as a qualified Practitioner Clinical Psychologist with the UK Health Care Professions Council and qualified to work in the UK.

Experience and Training

  • Experience of working with children in a clinical setting and in the community and a clinically orientated multi-disciplinary and multi-agency mental health setting.  Through this experience to apply knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions, to include complex trauma, parenting interventions and systemic models
  • Experience of highly specialist risk and psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings: inpatient, residential and community.
  • Experience of supervising clinical staff and assistants, including conducting group work


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities
  • An effective oral and written communicator with children, team members, parent/carers and other professionals, also displaying excellent interpersonal and listening skill with a high degree of emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings, also demonstrating enthusiasm and inspiration to others.

To apply please visit our website via the apply button

Closing date: 4 June 2018

Interviews will be - held on 18th June 2018

ENGLAND & WALES ONLY: You may be required to join the DBS update service as part of your role, this will be discussed with you at your interview if necessary and incurred costs of doing this will be picked up by us.

How we reward you:

One role. Many rewards. 

Find out about our benefit package on our website.

Action for Children exists to make children’s lives better: now, tomorrow and every day.

Committed to quality, equality and valuing diversity, we welcome applications that reflect the cultural diversity of the communities within which we work.  Registered charity no. 1097940. Company no. 4764232. Charity registered in Scotland SC038092.