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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/03/2020.

Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 457-20-015-PY

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Barnsely Hosp - ASD
£37,570 to £43,772 pa

About us

We are a Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust providing a range of diverse services including: generic & specialist mental health care; services for people with learning disability; drug & alcohol services; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT); GP Primary Care services; dementia care services; and community based services for those with long term neurological conditions. We promote emotional health and well being through the provision of accessible high quality modern services designed around the needs of our local population. Our culture is founded upon effective partnership working and close working relationships with staff, service users and their families/carers. We strive to deliver consistently high quality care through our high performing, dedicated & skilful workforce which you could now become a part of. Our values are fundamental to ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do, our values are Respect, Compassion, Partnership. Accountability, Fairness and Ambition.

Psychological Services

Psychological Services provides services to the health and social care community in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham.  We are a large group of clinical psychologists, counsellors, family therapists, researchers, consultants and support staff.  Our approach is innovative and supportive in maintaining high standards in all areas.  We have excellent links with other professional bodies locally and nationally and a healthy and supportive relationship with our Trust, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Psychologist – Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Team

Salary:            Band 7 (£37,50 - £43,772) per annum (pro rata & dependent on experience)

Location:        New Street Health Centre, Upper New Street, Barnsley, S70 1LP (co-located with other specialist child services & CAMHS)                   

Hours:             37.5 hrs per week (up to full time – alternative & flexible working approaches will be considered

Post Ref:         457-20-015-PY

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 clinical psychologist to join a rapidly expanding specialist Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessment Team in the Community Paediatric Services of Barnsley Hospital NHS Trust.   New ways of working and using psychological expertise are welcomed, and personal and professional development will be supported.  You will be registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical Psychologist), have  experience of working with children, teenagers and their families, an interest in ASD, trauma and attachment problems, and a willingness to work proactively in a multi-agency context. Applications from trainee clinical psychologists due to complete their training this year are welcome. 

The post holder will work as part of a supportive multidisciplinary team which includes a Paediatrician, Speech and Language Therapist, Clinical ASD Coordinator and administrative support.  The ASD assessment team is based at the New Street Health Centre in Barnsley where other children’s services are located. The service provides ASD assessments for children aged 11-18 years, and the post holder will provide assessment, complex case formulations and therapeutic interventions, working directly with children and their families/carers, and also indirectly through liaison and consultation with the team and other agencies including CAMHS and schools. You will be supported by the Psychology Services Manager; and the Clinical Lead in Community Paediatrics and Service Manager will provide good ongoing support and a contact point for any operational matters.

Line management will be provided by Dr Sara Whittaker and separate clinical supervision is agreed.  Local and national links are established and will develop, with the aim of delivering excellence and innovation in Barnsley’s ASD assessment services.  There are peer supervision and networking meetings with other psychologists working with children across services in Rotherham and Barnsley, and established links with Ryegate and the Sheffield Children’s Hospital psychology services. The post holder will be part of the Health and Medical Psychology Department at Sheffield Health and Social Care Foundation Trust which employs qualified clinical psychologists working in a range of settings in Rotherham, Barnsley and Sheffield. 

If you decide to apply for this post but do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. All communication for this position will be through NHS Jobs, so please ensure you access your account regularly and turn on notifications.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children and as part of our safe recruitment practice the successful applicant(s) will be subject to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if it is deemed appropriate for the role. The cost of the DBS check, currently up to £48.23, must be met by the successful applicant(s).

For further information, please contact Dr Sara Whittaker, Head of Rotherham and Barnsley Health & Medical Psychology Services on (0114) 2718528, 07766803367, or via email;  If you wish to discuss flexible working practices, different hours or any other matters, please do not hesitate to call Sara. 

If you wish to find out more about the Barnsley 11-18 years old ASD assessment service and the clinics, please ring Terrie McNiffe, Lead Nurse, on 01226 644881. 

Our values are fundamental to ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do, our values are:

  • Respect: We listen to other, valuing their views and contributions
  • Compassion: We show empathy and kindness to others so they feel supported, understood and safe
  • Partnership: We engage with others on the basis of equality and collaboration
  • Accountability: We are open and transparent, acting with honesty and integrity, accepting responsibility for outcomes
  • Fairness: We ensure equal access to opportunity, support and services
  • Ambition: We are committed to making a difference and helping to fulfil aspirations and hopes of our service users.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children and as part of our safe recruitment practice the successful applicant(s) will be subject to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if it is deemed appropriate for the role. The cost of the DBS check (currently up to £48.23) must be met by the successful applicant(s).

SHSC is a Level 2 'Disability Confident' employer, this means that if you have a Disability you are guaranteed an interview if you meet ALL of the essential criteria for this post. Please make sure that when you apply for this post you make it clear how you meet the criteria for the post and also complete the monitoring section of the application where there is a box to tick to indicate that you wish to be included in the guaranteed interview scheme.

The Trust values the diversity of all staff and is committed to equality. We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, gender, racial origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation or disability including people who have experienced mental ill health. We actively welcome applications from people who have used our services.

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