Clinical Psychologist - Primary Care Mental Health Wirral

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed Clinical Psychologists to work in our Step 4 Service located in Primary Care on Wirral. As a key contributor to the continued development of a Step 4 service which aims to bridge the gap between Primary and Secondary Care services, there will be opportunities for innovative working and the clinical work will be varied.

In addition to direct clinical work, the provision of advice, consultation, training and supervision on patients' psychological care will be key elements of the role. You will also be expected to contribute to the audit and research processes which will underpin the evaluation of this service.

In addition to working in a supportive, friendly team environment, the post holder will receive excellent support and clinical supervision.

The post is banded at 8a but we will consider applications from newly qualified, or soon to be qualified clinical psychologists. If successful, a newly qualified psychologist would be paid at Band 7 for a preceptorship period of 18 months before being supported to progress to a Band 8a. The post is part of an expanding Psychology Service that has excellent professional links with other specialities within the Trust and you will be part of a supportive, friendly, network of Clinical Psychologists who meet regularly. As a service, we take trainees from the North West training courses in Clinical Psychology and other therapy-related courses and have academic links with local universities.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a specialist psychology service to clients with complex mental health problems/ presentations
  • To provide specialist psychological assessment and interventions as well as providing consultation and advice on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers.
  • To supervise trainees, assistants and qualified practitioners as agreed.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development, and research for the area served by the service.

  • About us

    CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

    Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

    We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

    CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

    CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Bronze' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

    The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

    We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

    Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

    CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

    Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

    The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

    If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

    We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

    All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

    Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

    New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

    CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

    If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

    Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

    Person Specification



    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
    • HCPC registration


    • Additional Psychotherapy qualification relevant to working with complex / severe and enduring mental health client group
    • Supervision qualification

    Knowledge & Expertise


    • Skills in conducting complex psychological assessment and intervention frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
    • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex and/or clinically sensitive information to clients and professional colleagues within and outside the NHS
    • Evidence of continuing professional developmen
    • Skills in providing Consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups


    • Skills in working with people with complex and specialist needs
    • Competency in carrying out group interventions with complex clients
    • Ability to apply psychological knowledge creatively in developing new initiatives
    • Knowledge of supervision theory and practice.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health



    • At least 2 years post-qualification NHS experience of working as a clinical psychologist therapeutically with adult clients with varied complex, psychological problems
    • Experience of engaging and sustaining work with ambivalent clients
    • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care


    • Experience of liaison with other health professionals
    • Experience of providing teaching and training
    • Experience of working in physical health settings within multi-disciplinary teams

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

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