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Clinical Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
10 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking to appoint an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical, Counselling or Health Psychologist) to work within the Primary Care Enhanced Psychological Therapy Service who is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

We are looking for applicants who are interested in working with people with complex trauma presentations providing psychological assessment and interventions (direct and indirect) as part of a team of psychologists and psychological therapists.

The Primary Care Enhanced Psychological Therapy Service offers psychological assessment and treatment (individual and group) to adults with complex psychological/mental health difficulties which may be longstanding in nature. Ideally, therapeutic interventions will be offered for service users who have already received less intensive interventions from other services or whose indicated needs are unlikely to be met by brief therapy.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide and encourage the use of psychological formulations to inform overall care planning.

The post holder will develop the psychological skill set of the team through provision of training / supervision /consultation and reflective practice.

Applications are very welcome from candidates who wish to apply for Band 8A but also those who would like a robust development position at Band 7 who will be supported to complete the competencies for a Band 8A over a period of training and development, including competencies in one or more psychological therapies. For the qualified 8A candidate it is essential to have supervision training.

The successful candidate will be provided with professional and clinical supervision frameworks and multiple opportunities to develop their specialist clinical (including developing/ enhancing therapeutic modalities) and professional skills through a well-resourced CPD structure.

We are very keen to attract the right candidates and will consider both part-time (and appropriate job shares) dependent on how this fits with the applicant's needs and that of the service. Flexible working is an option.

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 have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff recommending CWP as a place to work in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool - and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

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. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

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) or ? HPC Registered
  • HPC Registered


  • Additional Psychotherapy qualification
  • Supervision qualification
  • Core NHS/Social Services professional training

Knowledge and 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 development
  • Skills in providing Consultation to other professionals and nonprofessional groups.


  • Experience of liaison with other health professionals.
  • Experience of providing teaching and training.
  • Experience of contributing to policy and service development.



  • Post-qualification NHS experience of working as a clinical psychologist therapeutically with adult clients with varied psychological problems
  • Experience of engaging and sustaining work with ambivalent clients.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care within the context of a multi -disciplinary teams and care plans


  • Experience of liaison with other health professionals.
  • Experience of providing teaching and training.
  • Experience of contributing to policy and service development
  • Experience of working with Older Adults
  • Expertise in neuropsychological assessment

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Delamere House

Delamere Street



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