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Principal Clinical Psychologist - Locality Lead - Wirral

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
31 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 is joining CWP in a clinical role at Band 5 or above, who would need to relocate in order to take up employment with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership.

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

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

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

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.

To support this, we offer up to three weeks induction, dependent on role, with our Prepare to Care programme for all new starters. This aims to give you all the knowledge and guidance to help you grow and flourish with CWP.

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

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 right side of this page under the job description.

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



  • 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


Springview Psychiatric Unit

Clatterbridge Health Park


CH63 4JY

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