Clinical Psychologist (Sefton / Kirkby Step Forward Service)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
17 Dec 2023
We wish to recruit an 8a Clinical Psychologist (or Band 7 dependent on experience) for a one year fixed term maternity leave cover post. The Step Forward service provides a stepped model of Psychological care to those who might previously have 'fallen through the gap' between primary and secondary mental health services, with our intention being to reduce the possibility of longer term deterioration in people's metal health by offering more timely earlier interventions. The service comprises Clinical Psychologists, Psychological Practitioners and Assistant Psychologists. The successful candidate will join a passionate and welcoming team and provide trauma-informed therapies and interventions to clients and carers aged 18 upwards with a range of difficulties. The successful candidate will also be supported with their training aspirations and in developing their leadership skills. There are opportunities to work remotely in the post, and flexible working can also be offered. Whilst the post being advertised is full-time, we would also consider part-time candidates.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will supervise and support the highly specialised psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychological professions and other members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

The post holder will exercise delegated management responsibilities where appropriate and work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the team.

The post holder will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research and propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the team.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental healthservices in the North West, 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 cost as we do so.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To evaluate, monitor progress and make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based enhanced care plans.

To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans.

To ensure that all members of the clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide both general and specialist advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, taking responsibility for arranging CPA reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, highly complex information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care where there may be conflicting views, high emotion and significant barriers to understanding and change, and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team.

The candidate would be expected to provide staff support in the form of 1:1 supervision, peer support and reflective practice group on a regular basis.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology accredited by the BPS or its approved equivalent,


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

Knowledge / Experience


  • Expertise in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well developed and effective communication skills, oral and written, 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
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to client group and mental health
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Ability to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Reasonable adjustments will be made for those with sensory impairment.


  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts. Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.



  • Knowledge of IT systems including word processing, email and local electronic patient information systems
  • Knowledge and skill development to meet KSF factor 2 Level 8 requirements

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Life House

Summers Road


L3 4BL

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