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Clinical Psychologist (Preceptorship Band 7/8A)

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

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to appoint a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to work across a range of adult and Learning Disability forensic services within CWP. The Services consist of three inpatient wards. 1. A supra-regional specialist service for men with Autism and an Intellectual Disability 2. A regional service for men with Mental Health issues and 3. A step-down rehabilitation service for men which is community focussed. There All the services are integrated with community based mental health, Learning Disability and forensic in reach and outreach services.

We are looking for applicants who are interested in working with people with mental health difficulties and/or Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (with significant risk histories). Applicants who are suitable will be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity, compassion and optimism for service users to safely progress in their lives. The successful applicant will provide psychological input with the support of other colleagues for the service and enhance the psychological care of service users, providing psychological assessment and psychological interventions (direct and indirect) whilst working alongside integrated enthusiastic and innovative multi-disciplinary staff teams.

Main duties of the job

Applications are very welcome from candidates who are applying at the Band 8A but also those who would like a robust preceptorship position at Band 7 to aspire to and work towards completing the competencies for a Band 8A over a period of training and development.

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

There will be close integrated links to the other Clinical Psychologists working a range of differing services across the trust.

We are very keen to attract the right candidates and will consider both part-time and full-time applicants (and appropriate job shares) and locality working dependent on how this fits with the applicant's needs and that of the service. Hybrid 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 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) or post graduate doctoral level training in forensic psychology
  • HPC Registered


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

Knowledge and Experience


  • 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 service users with varied psychological problems.
  • Experience of engaging and sustaining work with ambivalent clients.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for service users' 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 service users with complex psychological needs.
  • Expertise in neuropsychological assessment

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Soss Moss Site

Chelford Road, Nether Alderley


SK10 4SZ

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