Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Ellesmere Port
£67,064 to £77,274 a year Per Annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000**

The relocation package is for anyone joining the Trust in a Clinical role who would need to relocate in order to take up employment with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership.

To be eligible for the relocation payment, you must live more than 40 miles from the base/location of the post you are applying for and you would need to relocate to within 15 miles of the new base.

If this applies to you, please state this on your application so we can discuss this with you if you are invited to interview.

This is an exciting senior strategic leadership role for a senior, experienced and appropriately qualified Clinical Psychologist for the Urgent Response services. We are looking for an innovative and values driven person to join our senior clinical team and provide leadership within these emergency and crisis services.

The successful candidate will work alongside the operational lead and Head of Clinical Service in the ongoing innovative development of the service. The service includes teams across Psychiatric Liaison, Mental Health Crisis Team and Home Treatment Teams. This team provides services into the diverse and extensive geographic regions of East and Central Cheshire, West Cheshire, and Wirral services.

We are very keen to attract the right candidates and will consider both part-time and full-time applicants (and appropriate job shares) dependent on how these fit within the needs of each service.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will liaise with a multitude of relevant organisations within and external to the trust. These will include: acute psychiatric inpatient services, CMHTs, rehab services, Complex Needs Services, Primary Care, A and E within local hospitals, physical health hospitals, secure services, social care, housing, and commissioning representatives.

The candidate will be leading on managing and enhancing the diverse psychological resources and the clinical demands including the management of risk associated and ensuring that policies and procedures are fit for purpose and governance frameworks implemented and followed.

There will be robust professional and clinical supervision systems for successful applicants within the peer group, from the Professional Leads from the relevant region, and from the professional lead for psychological services. There will be extensive opportunities for leadership/clinical development through CPD structures. There are regular opportunities to meet to discuss and plan strategic objectives for the psychological provision for the overall Trust with other consultant/ lead senior psychologists on a formal level. There will also be close links to the other senior Clinical Psychologists working in the Community Mental Health Teams, MIST, MOAT, Urgent Response, Acute services, Complex Needs Services, Forensics Services and Rehabilitation/Recovery Services and other psychologists who straddle across multiple health services.

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



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS - including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registered with the HCPC.


  • Post-doctoral training in one of more additional relevant specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Leadership and/or management qualification.

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological approaches relevant to people across the full spectrum of psychological problems. Demonstrates further advanced / specialist knowledge and skills gained through additional postdoctoral training, and / or CPD and supervised practice.
  • Knowledge of relevant NHS structures, processes and policies. Capacity to interpret & communicate complex policies to others, particularly in respect of implications for meeting psychological components of care. Able to effectively implement same and use as basis for strategic planning across one or more organisations
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and / or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Undertaken supervision training.


  • Familiarity with theory & practice of management & organisational change and principles of leadership.
  • Formal leadership and/or management training.



  • Extensive assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist.
  • Extensive experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation & intervention with clients across all care settings, including community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse.
  • Experience of the professional and clinical supervision/management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists and of the clinical supervision of other professionals.
  • Experience of policy and service development and of initiating and implementing service improvements & developments in both specialist and generic areas.
  • Experience of organising and chairing meetings.
  • Experience of managing referrals and waiting lists and contributing to the strategic development of services.


  • Experience of managing budgets & resources in general.
  • Experience of representing the profession in local policy for a.
  • Experience of liaising and negotiating with commissioners and others concerned with determining Service provision.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see
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