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Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Older Adult Acute Pathway

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Chester, Wirral, Macclesfield
£70,417 to £81,138 Per Annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024
**We offer a relocation package of up to �8,000**

The relocation package is for anyone who would need to relocate in order to take up employment with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership. Terms and conditions apply.

1.0 FTE in East/Central Cheshire locality

This is an exciting opportunity to be the strategic and professional lead for Older People Psychology provision within Acute Inpatient Services, with additional professional leadership responsibility for Community Older People Psychology, in East Cheshire). This is a brand new 8c Consultant Clinical Psychologist Lead posts for older people and demonstrates CWPs commitment to improving the psychological and trauma informed care provided to patients, families and staff in the acute services pathway. This post represents the first phase in creating an established and sustainable Psychology workforce within the acute older people pathway.

Main duties of the job

As the Consultant Clinical Psychologist Lead you will be responsible for providing clinical, professional and strategic leadership in developing and maintaining systematic, high quality and comprehensive psychology services for older people within the acute pathway, and for professional and clinical leadership for the community Older People Psychology service in a locality. You will be based in an inpatient service and work with the locality senior leadership team(s) and specialty clinical network to enhance and evaluate the psychological care offer for older people across acute inpatient wards, respite and urgent care services provided by the multi professional workforce and in overall service planning and transformation across the locality and specialty. Providing training, consultancy, supervision and support to multi professional staff, teams and managers will be essential, as will taking a strategic and pragmatic approach to service evaluation, audit and research as part of on-going quality improvement. You will also provide highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention, and input to care and treatment planning and discharge planning for individual patients, working as part of the multidisciplinary team and as an autonomous specialist Consultant.

About us

CWP is an innovative and transformational all-ages mental health service provider. There will be opportunities to join internal and external professional and clinical networks, undertake research, and provide training and support to the next generation of psychology and mental health practitioners. There are strong connections to the three main DClinPsy regional training programmes (Liverpool, Lancaster andManchester). You will join the CWP Consultant Psychologists and Consultant Psychotherapists Group, a newly established, dynamic group with responsibility for developing and ensuring effective governance of psychological service provision across CWP. Clinical and professional supervision will be provided, and on-going continuing professional development supported.

A relocation package is available for those meeting criteria. Flexible, part-time and job sharing requests will be considered favourably. We encourage applications from suitably qualified and experienced people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

All applicants must be HCPC registered Clinical Psychologists with significant, relevant experience as per the job description and person specification.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the bottom of this page under the job description, or via our website

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If you have a disability that meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?

Please inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a Silver award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS - including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registered with the HCPC.


  • Post-doctoral training in one of more additional relevant specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Leadership and/or management qualification.
  • Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN).

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment (including use of cognitive/neuropsychological tests, when appropriate), formulation, intervention and evaluation frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological approaches relevant to people across the full spectrum of psychological problems. Demonstrates further advanced / specialist knowledge and skills gained through additional postdoctoral training, and / or CPD and supervised practice
  • Knowledge of relevant NHS structures, processes and policies. Capacity to interpret & communicate complex policies to others, particularly in respect of implications for meeting psychological components of care. Able to effectively implement same and use as basis for strategic planning across one or more organisations.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability 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.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Undertaken supervision training


  • Familiarity with theory & practice of management & organisational change and principles of leadership.
  • Formal leadership and/or management training.
  • Approved Clinician training



  • Extensive assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist.
  • Extensive experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation & intervention with clients across all care settings, including community, primary care and inpatient 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 and verbal and physical abuse.
  • Experience of the professional and clinical supervision/management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists and of the clinical supervision of other professionals
  • Experience of policy and service development and of initiating and implementing service improvements & developments in both specialist and generic areas.
  • Experience of organising and chairing meetings.
  • Experience of managing referrals and waiting lists and contributing to the strategic development of services.


  • Experience of managing budgets & resources in general.
  • Experience of representing the profession in local policy fora.
  • Experience of liaising and negotiating with commissioners and others concerned with determining Service provision
  • Experience of working in inpatient and/or urgent care services.
  • Experience of working in Older Adults services.

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Chester, Wirral, Macclesfield site

Chester, Wirral, Macclesfield


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