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Clinical Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on experience/professional registration
Closing date
17 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000**

We are seeking to appoint an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical, Counselling or Health Psychologist) to work within the Primary Care Enhanced Psychological Therapy Service who is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Applications are very welcome from candidates who are applying at 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.

We are looking for applicants who have experience in working with people with complex trauma presentations providing psychological assessment and interventions as part of a team of psychologists and psychological therapists.

The Primary Care Enhanced Psychological Therapy Service offers psychological assessment and treatment to adults with complex psychological/mental health difficulties which may be longstanding in nature. Ideally, therapeutic interventions will be offered for service users who have already received less intensive interventions from other services or whose indicated needs are unlikely to be met by brief therapy.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide and encourage the use of psychological formulations to inform overall care planning and deliver therapeutic interventions accordingly.

The post holder will develop the psychological skill set of the team through provision of training / supervision /consultation and reflective practice.

The post holder will be required to have supervision training.

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

We are very keen to attract the right candidates and will consider both part-time (and appropriate job shares) dependent on how this fits with the applicant's needs and that of the service. Flexible 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.

To support this, we offer up to three weeks induction, dependent on role, with our Prepare to Care programme for all new starters. This aims to give you all the knowledge and guidance to help you grow and flourish with CWP.

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 you have a disability that 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 inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

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 Silver 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.

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.

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
  • Additional Psychotherapy qualification/ training in one or more psychological therapies e.g. CBT, Compassion focused Therapy, Brief Interpersonal therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal therapy
  • HCPC registered (8a)
  • BABCP/UKCP or other relevant registration professional body (8a)
  • Additional Psychotherapy qualification/ training relevant to working with complex presentations in one or more psychological therapies (8a)
  • Supervision training (8a)


  • Core NHS/Social Services professional training

Knowledge and Expertise


  • 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 non-professional groups (8a)


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Knowledge of supervision theory and practice
  • Skills in working with people with complex and specialist needs
  • Ability to apply psychological knowledge creatively in developing new initiatives
  • Experience of liaison with other health professionals (8a)
  • Experience of providing teaching and training (8a)
  • Experience of contributing to policy and service development (8a)
  • Awareness of national health care policy and guidance (8a)



  • Experience of engaging and sustaining work with complex clients.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care
  • HCPC registered (8a)
  • Post-qualification NHS experience of working as a clinical, counselling or health psychologist therapeutically with adult clients with varied psychological problems (8a)(Band 8a)
  • Experience of engaging and sustaining work with ambivalent clients (8a)
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care within the context of a multi -disciplinary teams and care plans (8a)
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-professional team (8a)


  • Experience of liaison with other health professionals
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision (8a)
  • Experience of providing teaching and training (8a)
  • Experience of contributing to policy and service development (8a)
  • Experience of working with Older Adults (8a)

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Delamere Resource Centre

Delamere Street



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