Current Vacancies

Clinical Psychologist - Part time - 8B pro rata

Why work for Appletree Treatment Centre?

We are a small family run organisation where the ethos and values drive everything we do. The goal is not to be the biggest but to be the best.  

Established in 1995 we have 3 homes and 2 schools caring for a maximum of 25 children who have suffered extreme trauma, neglect, and abuse. Our children join us between 6 and 9 years old, our aim to give them the best possible chance of returning to a family life before they reach their teenage years. We do this by immersing them in our 24hr curriculum, ensuring they are surrounded by loving adults who are therapeutic in all their interactions with the children. We provide a loving, safe place for children to be children, learn to cope with their experiences and build resilience for their future. Our schools are warm, welcoming, and innovative with high expectations for each child’s educational journey. All our children access weekly individual therapy to help them explore their experiences in a safe place.

Our staff team is small enough that you can have a real impact on the health, wellbeing and professional development of the adults. You will have the opportunity to see the children on a regular basis, work directly with them and lead the interventions. Be innovative, see the impact of your work and watch the children grow socially, emotionally and physically. Share the feelings of true job satisfaction with the entire team when children achieve amazing outcomes and make positive transitions from ATC to their forever homes.   

The role

There is always a Team Around the Children at ATC. This role will lead ATC’s Clinical provision and provide the central point of contact for all additional services ensuring all the elements of the programme are in harmony, enabling ATC to report holistically on each child. The additional services include: Individual Therapy, SaLT, OT and Health Professional. Reports are shared with: Looked After Reviews, EHCP meetings, Court Proceedings, Child Protection Conferences and Transition Panels.

Lead the assessment and formulation process for every child to develop and inform a child centred, attachment and trauma informed care plan and programme for each child. Make explicit expectations and intended outcomes for each child, identify the input required to support the child in achieving those expectations and outcomes. Lead with highly specialist psychological advice, multi-disciplinary formulations for each child, overseeing implementation in collaboration with the team.

Provide clinical services at a high level of expertise to children who have suffered extreme trauma, neglect and abuse. Supporting and advising colleagues on all issues concerned with psychological practice and providing expert clinical consultation and professional guidance to the team around the child. ATC provides both Child focused and Team focused consultation to our teams, this role will involve facilitating team focused consultations, and reviewing all consultation effectiveness, level of engagement, themes and identifying training requirements.

Take a leading role in the evaluation of ATC’s Therapeutic approach, researching and identifying complementary, and alternative interventions. Review and further develop the content of the ATC Diploma to ensure it remains in line with the developing thinking, practice, and therapeutic approach of ATC. Work towards achieving Trauma Informed Schools status throughout ATC.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Must be HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist.
  • Good honours degree in Psychology.
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Post-qualification experience working in evidence-based therapeutic approaches.
  • Substantial experience of conducting psychological assessments for children and providing formulations following assessments.
  • Extensive experience in working with children, including looked-after and neuro-diverse children, who have suffered significant trauma, neglect, and abuse.
  • Experience of managing highly complex situations concerning safeguarding, risk management, clinical governance, complaints and investigations.
  • Demonstrable experience of working successfully in multi-disciplinary/multi-agency teams and within leadership teams promoting effective team working.
  • Experience of providing psychological supervision and teaching/training to others.

Clinical Psychologist  Job Description

Online application (part A)

Call 015395 60253 for a friendly, confidential chat - or email

When you hear and see what we do, you won’t want to work anywhere else

ATC provides a therapeutic environment and approach, the ATC Diploma and the company ethos aligns with what I believe we are here to do. I feel very lucky to be part of a company that has the same culture throughout all the homes and the children have a consistent approach.  Team Leader – Joined 2009

If you prefer to print an application form and complete by hand, download Word application form(partA)  complete and return to 

Everyone within Appletree Treatment Centre has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and for ensuring that they are protected from harm. We carry out the appropriate vetting and verifications on all staff and this post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.  As this position is not exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020, no convictions or cautions are protected and will not be filtered from an enhanced DBS Certificate. It is an offence to apply for this role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children

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