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Band 7/8a Practitioner Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year Development post
Closing date
22 May 2024

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**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.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Practitioner psychologist (Clinical or Counselling psychologist), HCPC registered (or on their way to registration ) to join our small psychology team and a very friendly MDT in Macclesfield, in East Cheshire. Our psychology provision is unfortunately limited at present, but we are very keen to expand and develop in order to meet the Community Transformation agenda ambitions and to make psychological interventions widely available to a greater majority of the service users under the care of the CMHT.

We welcome applications from candidates who wish to apply for Band 8A position but we also welcome applications from newly qualified practitioner psychologists who wish to pursue a robust developmental pathway to a Band 8a position (usually achieved 2 years post qualification )

For the qualified Band 8a candidate, supervision training is essential.

We are very keen to attract the right candidates and will consider both part-time (and appropriate job shares) dependent on how these fits with the applicant's needs and that of the service. We will be happy to offer flexible/hybrid working too.

Main duties of the job

To provide a highly specialist psychology service to clients with complex psychological and mental health presentations. To provide specialist psychological assessment and interventions as well as providing consultation and advice on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers.

To supervise trainees, assistant psychologists and other qualified psychological practitioners as agreed. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures. To regularly engage with clinical supervision and CPD activities, according to professional registration requirements

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, counselling or health 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 (Band 7)
  • HCPC registration (Band 8a)


  • Core NHS/Social Services professional training (Band 7)
  • Additional Psychotherapy qualification relevant to working with clients with complex psychological and mental health difficulties (Band 8)

Knowledge & Expertise


  • Skills in conducting complex psychological assessment and intervention frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively both 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 completing neuropsychological assesssments, interpretation of results, and ability to communicate these sensitively as appropriate (Band 8a)
  • Skills in providing Consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups (Band 8a)
  • Evidence of supervision training/qualification (Band 8a)
  • Experience of supervising Assistant Psychologists, other psychological practitioners and/or MDT colleagues in psychological approaches (Band 8a)
  • Experience of research, audit/service evaluation (Band 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

Knowledge & Expertise


  • Experience of working as a clinical psychologist therapeutically with adult clients with varied complex, psychological and mental health difficulties (Band 8a)
  • Experience of working within muliti-professional teams (Band 8a)
  • Experience of engaging and sustaining work with ambivalent clients (Band 8a)
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care (Band 8a)


  • Experience of liaison with other health professionals (Band 8a)
  • Experience of providing teaching and training (Band 8a)

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Jocelyn Solly Resource Centre

Victoria road


SK10 3JE

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