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Clinical Psychologist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year PA
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time qualified Clinical Psychologist within Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to join an expanding multidisciplinary team meeting the needs of Children and Young People (age up to 18) experiencing a mental health crisis.

The post available is:

1.0wte Children and Young People's Crisis Response Team (CRT), permanent Band 8a, based in Knowsley.

We are looking for someone who has the knowledge, skills and values to enable them to work with Children, Young People and their families/carers at times of crisis, and to support MDT colleagues in providing high quality psychologically informed care within the context of a team that aspires to provide compassionate, safe and effective care.

The post holder will be part of a large and supportive Children and Young People's mental health service and will have access to high quality supervision, peer support and CPD opportunities (including strong links with the Liverpool Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme and opportunities for involvement in Clinical Research and Innovation).

Main duties of the job

To provide Clinical Psychology input as part of a multidisciplinary CRT, including the provision of rapid psychological assessment, formulation, brief psychological interventions, supervision, consultancy, training and evaluation/audit/research activities. The post holder will be expected to support and facilitating psychological practice of MDT colleagues including psychological professions colleagues (e.g. Psychological Therapists, Youth Intensive Psychological Practitioners).

The main aims of the CRT service are:
  • To improve timely, responsive access to care and treatment for CYP/Families in crisis to support their health and wellbeing.
  • To reduce inpatient admissions to Acute/T4.
  • To improve clinical outcomes for CYP so they can live happy, healthy lives.
  • To reduce CIC placements by providing wrap around care in the community.

The functions of the CYPMHS RESPONSE TEAM (CRT) are to provide:
  • Single point of access for emergency referrals and advice and consultation to professionals/parents and carers and CYP
  • Emergency assessment and follow up review
  • Brief intervention and home treatment

  • Please see the full job description which will cover responsibilities across the following domains suited to the post:


    Teaching, training and supervision

    Information Technology

    Management, recruitment, policy and service development

    Service Governance

    General Professional Responsibilities

    Working environment

    Equality and Diversity

    Health and Safety


    This job description is an outline and account of the main duties. Any changes will be discussed with the post holder in advance but will also be reviewed regularly to take into account changes and developments in service requirements. The post holder has the right to request a review should they feel there have been significant changes to their role.

    Note: The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information.

    About us

    Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West of England, serving more than 11 million people.

    We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

    At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    We celebrate diversity and promote equal opportunities we are committed to challenging and eliminating racism and other forms of discrimination and advancing and promoting equality of opportunity in the provision of services and creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

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    All information regarding your application will come from not NHS Jobs. Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.

    Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact the recruitment team to ensure that measures can be put in place to support you.

    We reserve the right to close any vacancy earlier than advertised in exceptional circumstances once we have received a high volume of applications.

    The Trust expects all post holders who require an enhanced DBS for their role subscribe to the DBS Update Service. You will be required to enrol for this service for a fee of �13 per year and maintain registration. Trans applicants who require a DBS check and do not want to reveal details of their previous identity can contact the DBS Sensitive Applications Team (01516761452 or email with their application number once they have completed their DBS application form. The team is able to prevent any previous identity showing on the DBS Certificate, unless the applicant has a conviction under their previous details in which case this will need to be disclosed.

    As a Disability Confident Employer, we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to be disabled who meet the minimum (essential) criteria for the role in the person specification. If you would like your application to be considered under the Trusts guaranteed interview scheme you can indicate this in the personal information section of your online application form.

    Person Specification



    • Post-graduate 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 Health Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist


    • oEvidence of further study/ qualification in the field of children and young people's mental health

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


    Knowsley Resource and Recovery Centre

    Dragon Lane


    L34 1PJ

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