Clinical Psychologist in Complex Needs Service Wirral

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to join our Wirral Complex Needs Service on a temporary basis to cover for a colleague who is on maternity leave.

You will join an existing team of experienced clinicians who are enthusiastic in working with clients with complex presentations and who may have been given a diagnosis of personality disorder.

You will be joining a team committed to working positively and compassionately with this client group.You will be encouraged to participate in both our direct therapeutic activities with clients and also in our broader framework for offering consultation to our colleagues in Adult Mental Health Services.

Main duties of the job

As part of your role within the team, you will have some access to the in-house training that we are able to provide. The team supports hybrid working. The post is offered at band 8A for those with 1+ years post qualification experience.

For informal enquiries, please contact Jennifer Baillie, Team Manager ( or Charlotte Cox, Principal Clinical Psychologist (

We are looking for a Clinical Psychologist with the ability to apply a specialist therapeutic model such as MBT, DBT, or SCM (training and regular specialist supervision from an accredited supervisor will be provided), to be able to work effectively as part of the Multi Disciplinary Team, provide consultation/ training to other teams, and be motivated to make meaningful change. There will be opportunities for development and training attached to this post in line with the Health Education England training offer and the post holder would be supported to complete accreditation in a chosen modality. The successful candidate will also be well supported within the Psychologists network at CWP and have opportunities to contribute strategically to the developing pathway of specialist services with CWP targeted at improving services for people who may attract a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.

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 'Silver' 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



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent
  • HCPC registered


  • Additional training or significant knowledge of CAT or MBT. Training in trauma focused therapy, e.g. EMDR

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Psychological assessment of complex clients with Personality Disorder and complex trauma
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups


  • Completed KUF training or other related training associated with Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma
  • Formal training in the use of risk assessment protocols
  • Publications in the field of personality disorder or complex trauma.



  • Previous experience of working with clients with Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care within the context of a multidisciplinary team and care plan.


  • Experience of working in specialised Personality Disorder service
  • Experience of having undertaken group based treatment of clients with personality disorder and/or complex trauma.
  • Past experience of multidisciplinary team work in a personality disorder or complex trauma team

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Stein Centre

Derby Road


CH42 7HB

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