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Specialist Clinical Psychologist Band 7 / 8a Preceptorship

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

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a qualified, or soon to be qualified Clinical Psychologist to join our Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) in Sefton, Merseyside. We are looking for a motivated person to join us and be part of a team of psychologists, therapists and assistant psychologists based within CMHTs for adults across the Sefton region.

You will be joining a hard working and busy team providing holistic care/therapies with people who experience symptoms of psychosis, bipolar, severe anxiety related difficulties, depression and PTSD. Your role would be to provide CBT as per NICE guidance within our team.

Further training opportunities will be available and you will be supported to follow CPD opportunities to further develop your career.

Main duties of the job

You will work within a team to support people with a range of psychological issues by providing specialist psychological assessment, therapy and interventions to service users and carers, making use of a range of models, where appropriate. You will also offer specialist advice, leadership and consultation to non-psychologist colleagues and support the development of psychological skills across the whole workforce through specialist training, supervision, mentorship and reflective practice.

Psychological input is highly valued by staff within services, so you will need experience of working with other services, championing psychological interventions and developing working partnerships.

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

You will be a team player, part of a supportive multidisciplinary team delivering multi tiered psychosocial interventions. We will be particularly keen if you have a strong background in person centred and human rights based approaches to healthcare, with a positive attitude and a strong understanding and commitment to integrated team working.

You will have a strong commitment to social justice as we are committed to supporting people from socially disadvantaged communities. You will have excellent communication and people skills and a proven passion for improving the lives of clients and their families.

You may be expected to audit and evaluate a range of outcomes in terms of the benefit for service users, staff and the wider service. An active interest in research, publication and supporting others to develop their evaluation skills will be an advantage.

This post is suitable for newly qualified and current clinicians. Relevant training, support and experience will be provided to ensure that if youre successful, you will be eligible to apply for preceptorship to an 8a clinical psychology post - if professional qualifications allow and after demonstrating significant demonstrable post qualifying experience.

If you already have relevant training and experience, you will be able to start at band 8a.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for further details.

Person Specification



  • 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



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet



  • Expertise in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management 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.
  • 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 and mental health
  • 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 multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Reasonable adjustments will be made for those with sensory impairment
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of service governance as appropriate, to 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


  • 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).
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one specialised psychological therapy



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology accredited by the BPS or its approved equivalent,


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust




L22 3XR

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