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Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Early Intervention in Psychosis

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£67,064 to £77,274 pro rata per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting a permanent Band 8c Consultant Clinical Psychologist within Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to work in our Early Intervention in Psychosis Service. We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and committed Consultant Clinical Psychologist to join our well established Service.

The Post holder provides professional leadership across the Liverpool, Sefton & Kirkby Early Intervention Teams. This is a key role within the Early Intervention Senior Leadership Service bringing psychological expertise and clinical leadership to further enhance clinical service delivery.

if you have a passion for providing exceptional care and are looking for an exciting, and challenging role we would welcome your talents and skills

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide clinical psychological leadership for the provision and further development of psychological care within the Service and ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist clinical psychology and psychotherapy service to clients.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice and to ensure that systems are in place and working effectively for the clinical and professional supervision and support of all psychological services staff within the service for which the post holder has designated professional responsibility, including clear systems for effective recruitment, professional appraisal, and the identification of CPD needs.

The post holder will be responsible for audit, policy and service development and research activities and/or programmes as required by the service. To propose and implement policy and service development changes within the area served. A work plan will be developed with the postholder which will be reviewed on a yearly basis depending on the needs of the service.

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 highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological) 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/or groups employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To 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 full responsibility and autonomy for the psychological treatment of and discharge of clients whose problems are managed as a psychologically based care plan, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the care on a regular basis.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals, contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan in an appropriate specialist area.
  • To ensure that all relevant staff have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological knowledge, research and theory in an appropriate specialist area.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual clients and to provide both general and specialist advice for psychologists and other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To act as care co-ordinator, only where it is clearly appropriate for this role to be undertaken by a psychologist, in which case, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, co-ordinating the work of others involved with care, taking responsibility for arranging clients CPA reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in care and to monitor progress during the course of multidisciplinary interventions.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To provide expertise and advice to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all relevant staff.
  • To provide consultation about the psychological care of the client group to staff and agencies outside the Trust in an appropriate specialist area. Time spent on clinical activities as defined above will be no less than 50% of the post holders time.
  • To ensure appropriate systems for the clinical and professional supervision of qualified and unqualified psychological services staff across the service.
  • To provide clinical and professional supervision to qualified and assistant psychological services staff working in the service.
  • To provide specialist clinical placements for trainee clinical psychologists and/or other trainee professionals from psychological services where appropriate. To ensure that they acquire the necessary clinical and/or research skills to doctoral level where appropriate, and achieve competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good psychological practice. To contribute to the assessment and evaluation of those competencies
  • To provide specialist advice, consultation and training and (where agreed locally) clinical supervision to other members of staff for their provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve clients functioning.
  • To provide pre and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychologist and/or other trainee professionals from psychological services as appropriate.
  • To continue to develop expertise in the area of professional pre and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.
  • To take specific line management responsibility for all psychological services staff . This will include recruitment, PDPs and implementing service governance principles and Trust policies as applied to staff management.
  • As line manager, to attend relevant meetings.
  • To participate as a senior clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service for clients, their carers and families within the service, including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To exercise delegated responsibility for managing the psychological resources available to the service both in terms of psychological staff and psychological materials employed in clinical assessment and treatment.
  • To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service, including maintaining systematic records of appraisals, clinical record keeping standards and the transcribing of minutes and records of appropriate professional meetings.
  • To initiate and implement service developments and projects within the service.
  • To use e mail and local electronic patient information systems, in accordance with Department and Trust requirements adhering to confidentiality guidelines, to enable affective communication, recording and data collection. Research and service governance
  • To take the psychology lead, as a senior clinician, in planning and implementing systems for the evaluation, monitoring and development of the service, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high quality care.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work, work with other team members and across the service.
  • To undertake research as appropriate and as agreed with the Head of Psychological Services and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research within the service.
  • To initiate and implement project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services to clients and their families.
  • To undertake a defined role in service governance structures as agreed.

  • Person Specification



    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology accredited by the BPS, or its approved equivalent.
    • Registration with Health & Care Professions Council as Practitioner Psychologist


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



    • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a significant period , including post qualification experience within the designated specialty where the post is located.
    • Substantial demonstrable experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • Experience of working with Psychosis and complex Mental health difficulties.
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
    • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
    • Experience of providing consultation, supervision and training to multidisciplinary staff.


    • Experience of professional management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists.
    • Experience of multi-professional management of teams or services within the designated specialty.
    • Experience of representing the ? Profession in local policy fora

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


    Baird House in Liverpool, South Sefton Neighbourhood Centre & Hartley Hospital Southport


    L7 9NJ

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