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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

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

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new service development in Cheshire and Merseyside working alongside key stakeholders and partner agencies to enhance community provision for people who are autistic or who have a learning disability.

We welcome and will consider applications from applicants who are registered with the Health Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist and have Post-graduate doctoral level training in the field of applied psychology accredited by the BPS, or its approved equivalent.

Main duties of the job

You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team including, Nurses, Occupational therapists, Speech and Language therapists , a Psychiatrist and other Psychologists. Your duties will include joint working with other professionals and services, completing assessments, interventions and supervising Assistant Psychologists. You will act as a resource to locally provided community learning disability teams, specialist autism services, social care providers and the criminal justice agencies.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent organisation and communication skills and be motivated to ensure high standards of proficiency and professional practise. They will demonstrate an ability to apply strategy to practice and have a clear commitment to person centred practices, demonstrating this in their work with individuals, families and other professionals.

The successful candidate must be willing to travel across Cheshire and Merseyside working with a number of partner agencies including health, social care and the Criminal Justice agencies.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for the undertaking psychological work with service users referred to the team. This is likely to be varied going from individual work with service users to liaising and working with other members of the team, other services and partner agencies. Your work will be consistently person centred and involve the delivery of services to autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities who have additional complex needs. The post holder will report directly to the Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

The team sits within the Secure Care Division of Merseycare NHS trust, its remit is to deliver safe and effective services across Cheshire and Merseyside.

This post is advertised as a band 8a, we would be willing to accept application from newly qualified Psychologists, if successful they would be appointed at band 7 with a programme of competencies they had to achieve to reach the level required for the 8a post.

Person Specification



  • A first or Upper Second degree in psychology or a lower class with post graduate qualification
  • Post graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology as accredited by BPS
  • Registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist


  • Further training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice, autism, personality disorder or research.

Experience and Knowledge


  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for a service user's psychological care and treatment, both as a profession and within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the SST 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 with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care.
  • To evaluate and make 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.


  • 6.To provide highly specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory & practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific, complex groups e.g. dual diagnosis, personality disorder, people with additional difficulties & challenging behaviours.



  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and the ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention, and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • A high-level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level, complex, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to patients, families, carers, and a wide range of lay and professional people within and outside of the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of the legislation and its implications for clinical practice and professional management in relation to the patient group and mental health.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology as practised within the field of clinical psychology


  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
  • Formal training in the supervision of other health professionals.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Hollins Park

Hollins Park Lane



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