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Clinical Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000**

The relocation package is for anyone joining the Trust in a Clinical role who would need to relocate in order to take up employment with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership.

To be eligible for the relocation payment, you must live more than 40 miles from the base/location of the post you are applying for and you would need to relocate to within 15 miles of the new base.

If this applies to you, please state this on your application so we can discuss this with you if you are invited to interview.

Full time or part time hours will be considered.

Ancora House is a Tier 4 CAMHS service, specialising in the treatment of young people, aged from 13 through to their 18th birthday. The unit caters for young people who present with a range of severe, complex and enduring mental health problems, or acute risk management.

Ancora House comprises of 30 beds across 2 wards, Indigo and Coral. The post covers both wards, working alongside other Clinical Psychologists. Within the Tier 4 CAMHS service there is also a specialist Eating Disorder Service (CHEDS) and an Assessment Outreach/Home Base Team.

There is an exciting opportunity for a Band 8a Clinical Psychologist to join the multi-disciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

The work will include assessments and formulation, and short-term therapy when indicated, though this may entail a flexible informal approach as circumstances can be quite dynamic. Group work is also part of the role. There will also be potential involvement in supervision, audit, research and training activities.

This post requires an individual with initiative, excellent communication and leadership skills, and, ideally experience in working with young people in CAMHS services. The post-holder will need to show initiative and creativity and be able to function well in a multi-disciplinary team.

We provide clinical supervision from a senior Clinical Psychologist, and support staff in seeking further relevant education and training in line with Supervison and Appraisals, thus providing excellent development opportunities.

The post-holder will be a qualified Clinical Psychologist, registered with the HCPC.

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



  • Doctoral level qualification in Clinical Psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS and required by HCPC (or equivalent level approved by BPS/ HCPC).
  • HCPC registration and maintenance of registration.
  • Expertise and/or training in Clinical Supervision for doctorate level trainees (for band 8a) as may supervise trainee Clinical Psychologists.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Post-doctoral training in a specialised area of psychological practice.

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families/ carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. Ability to function independently as a Psychologist within a Team
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Specialist knowledge and expertise in relation to a particular speciality as demonstrated by post-doctoral training (band 8a). This may take the form of a continuous training course or a number of short courses or evidence of work place training via specialist supervision.
  • Ability to use this specialist knowledge for service development as well as in a clinical capacity


  • Experience or special interest in Autistic Spectrum Continuum (ASC), and/or Neuropsychology
  • Experience in Cognitive Behaviour therapy.
  • Experience in practice of a specialist psychological therapy.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.



  • Minimum two years' experience post qualification (for band 8a) of specialist psychological assessment and intervention with clients across a 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 and verbal and physical abuse.
  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist (for band 8a) with full responsibility for clients' psychological care, individually and as part of a multi-professional care plan
  • Experience of administering and interpreting neuropsychological tests to the required age group
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.


  • Post qualification experience of working with adolescents.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of service users and carer involvement in services.
  • Previous experience of working in multidisciplinary teams.

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Ancora House

Liverpool Road



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