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Band 7/8a Practitioner Psychologist -Urgent Care

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new psychology service within Mental Health Urgent Care in Mersey Care. The service will work in to the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment teams, First Response Service (crisis line), Core 24 AED liaison, and Liaison & Diversion services across the trust. The successful candidates will join a developing psychology team.

The multi-disciplinary leadership team in the service area is very keen to support a strong psychological provision and pathways. The successful candidates will support the delivery of these pathways to develop a positive psychology influence, and there will be a large service development flavour as we establish and build new ways of working in Urgent Care.

If you have a passion for providing exceptional care and are looking for an exciting, and challenging role within urgent care services, we would welcome your talents and skills.

The team work from bases in Mersey Care and travel around the patch will be required. These posts are likely to have their main base in Peasley Cross (St Helens) and Broadoak Unit (Liverpool).

**We welcome applications from those already qualified and those due to qualify in 2024. We have an excellent preceptorship programme and are committed to staff development**

Shortlisting planned for 17 May 2024Interview planned for 30 May 2024

Main duties of the job

The post holder will apply and maintain those skills acquired through further specialist training and experience to monitor and ensure the systematic provision of highly specialised psychological services, provide a service to clients referred to the team, across all sectors of care, within an equality and human rights framework care, and supervise and support the other clinical 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 systematicgovernance 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.

A work plan will be developed with the post holder which will be reviewed on a regular basis depending on the needs of the service. It will be anticipated that you may have a trainee from the Clinical Psychology courses (Liverpool, Lancashire and Manchester).

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

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.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide specialist psychological assessments of service users 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 withservice users, and others involved in the service users care.

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

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, 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, or group.

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

To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to service users 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 service users, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

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

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, highly complex information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment plans of service users 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 multidisciplinary care.

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

Please refer to attached Job Description for a full list of duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology accredited by the BPS or its approved equivalent. and Registration with Health Professions Council as Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Registration with Health and Care Professions Council as Practitioner Psychologist


  • Postgraduate/doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist or psychotherapist at a specialist level for a significant period.
  • Significant experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Expertise in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of IT systems including word processing, email and local electronic patient information systems


  • 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.
  • Experience of working in the designated service area.



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Able to evidence 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.
  • Able to evidence skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups.
  • Ability to self reflect, use clinical supervision appropriately and consider complex organisational and team dynamics.
  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Broadoak Unit

Thomas Drive


L14 3PJ

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