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Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
St Helens
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum pro rata. Will accept Band 7 on Preceptorship
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a creative, compassionate, and dedicated psychologist looking to develop your psychological therapy skills within a friendly and supportive team? If so please join our team.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an Applied Psychologist (clinical or counselling) to join St Helens Step 4 Psychology Service. Depending on experience the post could be offered at AFC band 7 or 8a. The team sits within the multidisciplinary Recovery team and comprises Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, EMDR therapists, specialist nurse practitioners and assistant psychologists. We also regularly offer placements to Trainee Clinical Psychologists.

This is predominantly a clinical role and an excellent opportunity to develop psychological therapy skills. We are a secondary care service so clients presentations are complex, often requiring bespoke, longer term and/or integrative approaches. Further training to enhance clinical skills is supported and encouraged, over the past two years team members have trained in the following: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT), schema-focused therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT), and Structured Psychological Support (SPS).

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role will be providing 1:1 psychological assessment, formulation and intervention to clients referred into the service. Our service users have complex presentations so often liaison with other professionals, teams, or agencies involved in the clients care is needed. The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to a psychologically based framework for understanding their clients across these settings. The psychological therapies service sits in the multidisciplinary St Helens Recovery team so MDT working is a key requirement of this role. Depending on experience, supervision of Assistant Psychologists, Trainee Clinical Psychologists or other members of the psychological therapies team may also form part of the role. We also support research and service evaluation and are currently linked in with research trials looking at MBT and SPS.

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

Please see the attached job description for more details.

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Person Specification



  • oAn honours degree that satisfies the British psychological society criteria for graduate basis for chartered membership
  • Registration with Health Professions Council as Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity 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 teaching, training and/or supervision. Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group o and mental health
  • Continuous Improvement o Accountability o Respectfulness 14/11/23 o Enthusiasm o Support o High professional standards o Responsive to service users o Engaging leadership style o Strong customer service belief o Transparency and honesty o Discreet o Change oriented
  • Expertise in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management o frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed and effective communication skills, oral and written, to communicate 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 IT systems including word processing, email and local electronic patient information systems
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of service governance as appropriate, to 14/11/23 support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to self-reflect, use clinical supervision appropriately and consider complex organisational and team dynamics.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Experience working with people who have complex psychological difficulties/ disorders.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for people experiencing trauma, and complex difficulties

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Peasley Cross Hospital

Marshalls Cross Road

St Helens


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