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Principal Clinical Psychologist - Locality Lead - West

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
**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.

This is an exciting opportunity to be the Principal Clinical Psychologist (Band 8b) First Response (Crisis and Home Treatment) Lead for one of three localities (Wirral, West Cheshire, or East/Central Cheshire). There are three posts available in total, one for each locality. These posts are part of a new initiative to develop Acute Pathway Psychology provision in the Trust and demonstrate CWPs commitment to improving the psychological and trauma informed care provided to patients, families and staff in the acute services pathway. This post is part of the first phase in creating an established and sustainable Psychology workforce within the acute adult mental health pathway with new Consultant Clinical Psychologist Acute Pathway posts based in Inpatient Services already in the process of being recruited to.

Main duties of the job

As the Principal Clinical Psychologist Locality Lead you will be responsible for providing clinical and professional leadership to develop and maintaining a systematic, high quality, evidence-based psychology service for patients accessing the First Response Service in the locality. You will work with the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, locality leadership team(s) and specialty clinical network to enhance and evaluate the psychological care offer within the Acute Pathway (First Response Service) provided by a multi-professional workforce. 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 Clinical Psychologist.

About us

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

Visit our 'Working for us' pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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 and Manchester). You will join the CWP Senior Psychologists Group, a group that supports leadership, clinical and professional development of Psychologists. 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.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • HCPC registration


  • Formal qualification in supervision
  • BPS chartered status and/or membership of ACPUK.

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Highly specialist skills in undertaking complex psychological and cognitive/neuropsychological assessment, intervention and evaluation frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills for communicating effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Formally trained and expert in supervising Trainee Clinical Psychologists.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of applied psychology and specialised psychological therapies in working with people with complex difficulties (e.g. severe MH problems personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).


  • Leadership training and/or awareness of different leadership models and systems thinking



  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist
  • Experience of providing consultation, training, support and supervision/reflective practice to other professionals and non-professionals.
  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Service development experience


  • Involvement in local and/or national academic and/or professional body and other professional activities.

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Upton lea Resource Centre

Liverpool Road



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