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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/05/2022.

Specialist Child Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 274-LPFT7980

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Psychology Team – Social Communication Pathway, Beech House, Witham Park, Waterside South
£47,126 to £53,219 pa

Here at LPFT, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

We employ around 2,700 staff who are pivotal in our success.

Do you want to join a Trust rated by our own staff as one of the best mental health trusts in England, located in a county heralded as a fantastic place to live and work?

We provide mental health, learning disability and autism services to a local population of over 755,000 across 45 sites, as well as specialist services for children and young people.

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and organised Specialist Child Clinical Psychologist (Band 8a) to join our Psychology Team – Social Communication to initially cover maternity leave upto 31/3/23. This is being advertised as a permanent post because the expectation is that further investment will be agreed for this highly valued psychology resource and this post will become an addition to the current psychology posts in the team. Additionally, there is also significant investment happening across our services for Children and Young People (CYP) in Lincolnshire, so there will be opportunities for the recruited applicant to move into an alternative psychology role within our Health Trust from 1/4/23.
This is an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist who has an interest in working with children and young people who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and who present with social communication concerns. The successful applicant will join an experienced Clinical Psychologist to work alongside Community Paediatricians and Speech and Language Therapists who form a Multidisciplinary Team approach for CYP referred for a social communication assessment.
The successful applicant will contribute to a multi professional assessment of a child / young person, focusing specifically on CYP who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s). The Specialist Clinical Psychologist will give a clear opinion about where a developmental assessment appears warranted and will carry out specialist assessments where indicated. They will utilise their skills in understanding child development and provide a formulation of a CYP’s difficulties by synthesising information from direct assessment and from consultation with parents/carers and professionals from Education, Social Care and Health.
The Psychology Team – Social Communication sits within the LPFT Child Psychological Therapies Service
The Psychology Team provide a countywide service to children and young people across sites in Lincoln, Boston, Spalding, Grantham and Louth. The postholder will contribute to the ongoing strategic development of this service Psychology Team - Social Communication Pathway), provide child psychology assessments as appropriate and offer consultation and psychology opinion to all members of the MDT (Paediatricians and Speech and Language Therapists).
The post holder will have access to clinical and professional supervision from an experienced clinical psychologist. The post holder will be managed within the LPFT Child Psychological Therapies Service and will have close links within this and with other health services to facilitate joint working and referrals to these additional services as appropriate.
It is planned that the post holder will be based in Lincoln at a Lincolnshire Community Health Trust base, although applicants are welcome to discuss arrangements for location of base as this may be negotiated.
The post holder will be expected to provide a countywide service and therefore regularly travel to other sites in the county as required. In addition, the service makes use of digital technology that supports home working which is appropriate for many aspects of this post.
We are looking to recruit to a full time 8a post. We would also welcome applications from recently qualified psychologists or those completing training who wish to apply for a full time band 7 preceptorship post. With a preceptorship position the band 7 post will progress to band 8a subject to the post holder successfully completing identified targets, based upon acquired skills and agenda for change job matching to an 8a job description.
Additional Paediatric Psychology opportunities
If you would welcome an opportunity to work in other areas of paediatric psychology we also have vacant 8a hours within our Psychology Team for Paediatric Diabetes which could be combined with hours from this current advertised post.
The service offers specialist assessment and intervention to young people living with diabetes and their families who may have both complex health and psychological needs. The service provides specialist psychology expertise, knowledge, advice, guidance and consultation to professionals working within the Paediatric Diabetes Team, other ULHT services, within LPFT and external agencies. The psychologist is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary diabetes team and the care provided by the team from diagnosis. Psychology input is highly valued in this team.
If you might be interested in combining working for the Psychology Team – Social Communication as well as for the Paediatric Psychology - Diabetes Service please see the information linked to that post for the Paediatric Psychology - Diabetes Service and indicate your interest in your application and/or contact one of the psychologists detailed to discuss how this option might work for you. A combined role could offer an opportunity for someone to focus their clinical work on a specific geographic area e.g. South, (Grantham and Boston areas) or North (Lincoln) area. Some of the work for both posts can be completed remotely.
For enquiries regarding the post or to arrange an informal discussion please contact Dr Chloe Isbister (Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist) on 07583060053 or

We are leading the way with mental health transformation projects. Multi-million-pound schemes to transform patient environments and radically redesign community services are currently underway, as part of our commitment to reshaping the future of mental healthcare.

We believe the key to high quality patient care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in the Care Quality Commission rating us as ‘outstanding’ for well led and ‘good’ overall, and 75% of our staff recommending us as a place to work.

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We support and celebrate diversity. We have active staff network groups for Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME), Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender (LGBT+), staff with Mental and Physical Lived Experience (MAPLE) and our dedicated groups for men and women. We are a Silver Standard Employer with ENEI, were in the top 100 organisations in the county within the Stonewall Index (in 2019), and have been a finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Mental Health Trust of the Year Award two years in a row.

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