Educational/ Clinical/ Practitioner Psychologist

Job Title: Educational/ Clinical/ Practitioner Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £40,201- £48,500
Job Published: August 05, 2019 11:21

Job Description

Job title: Educational/ Clinical/ Practitioner Psychologist

Location: NAS Vanguard School - London

Contract: Permanent 0.6 FTE (Term Time only)

Salary: NAS Pay Scale Grade 6 (£40,201- £48,500)

Help make an Everyday Breakthrough happen by joining our team.

A breakthrough can seem like the smallest thing, but it can make the world of difference to someone on the autism spectrum. As the Psychologist at the new Vanguard School you’ll help make Every Day Breakthroughs happen more often and be responsible for delivering high quality psychological assessment and intervention services as part of a transdisciplinary team.

In this innovative specialist school for young people with autism and aged 11 to 19, the focus is on young people’s futures, putting skills for life and employment at the heart of the curriculum which shadows the national curriculum. The young people will have complex presentations of autism and some will have additional mental health needs. A person-centred approach with an emphasis on providing a calm and nurturing environment and a consistent and personalised plan of support is built into the way we work.

The school will eventually cater for up to 78 students and will grow gradually, with a phased intake of students, starting in January 2020 with Years 7 and 8.

The school is situated in the London Borough of Lambeth near local amenities and is a two-storey, 2,500m2 building with high-quality learning facilities, 14 classrooms, a soft play area, a sensory room, library and two therapy rooms. This exciting new development reflects the local authority’s recognition of the need for more specialist education provision in the borough. Vanguard School is a Free School and is part of the NAS Academies Trust, working in partnership with the already established Independent NAS schools.

As a Psychologist working in the NAS you will be part of a large group of over 50 therapists and psychologists working across the schools and  the NAS diagnostic services based in the internationally recognised Lorna Wing Centres. We are committed to supporting our staff in their personal development and professional supervision and CPD opportunities are provided through this network of specialist clinicians.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking a Clinical or Educational Psychologist with a depth of experience and knowledge in autism and MDT working and someone who is also excited by the opportunity of working collaboratively with other professionals and in partnership with the young people themselves and their families, to provide a fully integrated and therapeutic approach to their education.  When the psychologist initially takes up the role they will be working with an Executive Principal and a new core staff team in the school set-up phase and will play a specialist role in the admission/assessment processes. Going forward the psychologist will form a transdisciplinary team with a speech and language therapist and occupational therapist to deliver assessment and therapeutic services as part of a whole school team approach.

The National Autistic Society is the leading charity for autism and works to transform lives, challenge perceptions and build a society that works for autistic people. Alongside our highly acclaimed support services the NAS provides specialist services that are commissioned by the NHS and local authorities and these include: 9 specialist schools, adult day and care services as well as a national specialist diagnostic and assessment service. Visit our website to find out more about who we are and what we do.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please visit here to complete the online application form.  Applications must be completed in full. Only complete applications will be considered. Should you experience any issues with the electronic application form, please contact the school. CVs will not be accepted under any circumstances.

For more information about this role please contact Dr Sarah Lister Brook, Clinical Director on or Rachel Barnard, Executive Business Manager on

Closing date: 11//9/19

Interview date: Week Commencing18/9/19

Unfortunately, we cannot respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume you have not been shortlisted for interview on this occasion. We will not be accepting applications from previous applicants on this occasion.

Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks.

We are an equal opportunities employer.