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Clinical Psychologist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year dependent on experience
Closing date
11 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Clinical Psychologist to work within Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in the Eating Disorder Service. The posts are suitable for both newly qualified and current band 8a's. The service will offer relevant training and support to ensure newly qualified applicants are eligible for preceptorship to an 8a clinical psychology post.

FREED is a service model providing early intervention for 16-25-year-olds. Successful candidate will work across both pathways.

This is a full-time permanent post.

The service is based at Rathbone Hospital, Liverpool and has a satellite clinic in Southport.

The service offers group and individual interventions utilising a range of models including CBT, CAT, CFT, EMDR, Psycho-education and Motivational Interviewing.

Over the last 4 years Merseycare Eating Disorder Service has observed huge growth and transformation. Our transformation agenda is an opportunity to develop the service and workforce over the next few years which adheres to best practice and provides focused, personalised care for Service Users, enabling people to achieve their own personal outcomes.

Applicants must have a recognised qualification (or in the process of completing). Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology accredited by the BPS, or its approved equivalent.

For Further information please contact Uma Patel, Colette Graham or Sally Wasp on Tel: 0151 471 7751

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to clients of the service team, across all relevant sectors within an equality and human rights framework. To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy, offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carers. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Directorate's and team's policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

A workplan will be developed with the postholder which will be reviewed on a yearly basis depending on the needs of the service.

About us

  • Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust as a leading provider of mental health care, addiction services and learning disability care.
  • Service users receive a high quality service and one which is free from stigma, discrimination and harm.
  • Staff are engaged with the delivery, innovation and continuous improvement of services to benefit service users.
  • Visible and responsive leadership, setting the standard for others and role-modelled throughout the division for all managers
  • The Trust values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respectfulness and Enthusiasm will be embedded across the division for all staff and evident to service users.

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses where appropriate.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based enhanced care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and reviewing of care plans under enhanced CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

  • Person Specification

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    • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, or its approved equivalent accredited by the BPS
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient 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, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.


    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


    Rathbone Hospital

    Mill Lane


    L13 4AW

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