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Clinical Psychologist (Older Adult)

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
1 Dec 2023
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000** please see T& C's for further information

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit to our Step 4 Primary Psychological Therapies Service working with older people as clinical lead, The successful applicant will be expected to lead in the development of the older adult psychology provision locally and more widely within CWP in line with national strategy drivers. The service has established links with the three local universities (Liverpool, Lancaster, and Manchester) providing ample opportunity to develop supervisory skills, support trainees with research projects/audits/service evaluations and input into the teaching programmes.

The Older Adult Step 4 Psychology Team is part of the stepped care model in Primary Care. We have close working relationships and links with the other steps in the service and teams with which we have overlap within the trust, for example the Talking Therapies Service and the Community Mental Health Team for Older People (which includes the memory clinic). We recognise individuality and are keen to aid team members in developing their clinical, professional and leadership skills, via appropriate continual professional development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

We would be happy to consider applicants who would be looking for part-time or full-time posts. The service currently offers flexible working with a mixture of both remote and face to face encouraged.

The post holder will be expected to take a lead in service evaluations and ensure high standards of clinical effectiveness and clinical governance.

The post holder will be expected to provide clinical, management and professional supervision to other qualified psychological practitioners in the team and support the Professional Lead for Step 4 in ensuring the provision of high quality, responsive psychological interventions are provided to the older adult population, whilst upholding to professional standards and clinical governance.

The successful applicant would need to liaise with the relevant voluntary sectors, and professional bodies such as the HCPC/BPS/DCP/FPOP to liaise with the Professional Lead to ensure that any psychological or organisational matters that arise can be addressed.

The post holder will be responsible for providing assessments, formulations, and therapeutic interventions (both individually and in group format) to people with complex psychological and mental health difficulties. Neuropsychological assessment is a significant part of this role, applicants must be confident in the interpretation and dissemination of highly complex information.

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)
  • HCPC registration
  • Additional Psychotherapy qualification relevant to working with older adult clients with complex psychological and mental health difficulties


  • Post graduate diploma in clinical neuropsychology

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Knowledge of and skills in working with older people presenting with longstanding and complex and specialist needs.
  • Knowledge of and skills in conducting complex psychological assessment and intervention frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in completing neuropsychological and psychometric assessments, interpreting and reporting the results, and communicating this complex information sensitively and clearly.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of supervisor training/qualification.
  • Experience of supervising Assistant Psychologists, other psychological practitioners and/or MDT colleagues in psychological approaches
  • Experience of research, audit/service evaluation.


  • Ability to apply psychological knowledge creatively in developing new initiatives
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the older adult population.
  • Formal leadership/managem ent training.



  • Experience of working as a clinical psychologist therapeutically with adult clients with varied complex, psychological and mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of working within uni and muliti-professional teams
  • Experience of engaging and sustaining work with ambivalent clients
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care,
  • Experience of providing teaching and training.


  • Experience of liaison with other health professionals.
  • Evidence of contributing to policy and service development.
  • Experience of managing others.

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Psychology Department - Chester

Liverpool Road



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