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Clinical Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Full time or part time hours will be considered.

Ancora House is a Tier 4 CAMHS service, specialising in the treatment of young people, aged from 13 through to their 18th birthday. The unit caters for young people who present with a range of severe, complex and enduring mental health problems, or acute risk management.

Ancora House comprises of 30 beds across 2 wards, Indigo and Coral. The post covers both wards, working alongside other Clinical Psychologists. Within the Tier 4 CAMHS service there is also a specialist Eating Disorder Service (CHEDS) and an Assessment Outreach/Home Base Team.

There is an exciting opportunity for a Band 8a Clinical Psychologist (Preceptorship available for Band 7 applicants), to join the multi-disciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

The work will include assessments and formulation, and short-term therapy when indicated, though this may entail an informal approach as circumstances can be quite dynamic. Group work is also part of the role. There will also be potential involvement in supervision, audit, research and training activities.

This post requires an individual with initiative, excellent communication and leadership skills, and, ideally experience in working with young people in CAMHS services. The post-holder will need to show initiative and creativity; and be able to function well in a multi-disciplinary team.

We provide clinical supervision from a senior Clinical Psychologist, and support staff in seeking further relevant education and training in line with Supervison and Appraisals, thus providing excellent development opportunities.

The post-holder will be a qualified Clinical Psychologist, registered with the HCPC.

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

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

To ensure that we continue to provide Outstanding for Care (as recently been awarded by CQC), 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 aValues 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 your disability 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 also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached Update Service Applicant Guide document for further information.

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 and quote the vacancy reference number.

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

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level qualification in Clinical Psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS and required by HCPC (or equivalent level approved by BPS/ HCPC).
  • HCPC registration and maintenance of registration.
  • Expertise and/or training in Clinical Supervision for doctorate level trainees (for band 8a) as may supervise trainee Clinical Psychologists.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Post-doctoral training in a specialised area of psychological practice.
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • 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. Ability to function independently as a Psychologist within a Team
  • 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 and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Specialist knowledge and expertise in relation to a particular speciality as demonstrated by post-doctoral training (band 8a). This may take the form of a continuous training course or a number of short courses or evidence of work place training via specialist supervision.
  • Ability to use this specialist knowledge for service development as well as in a clinical capacity
  • Experience or special interest in Autistic Spectrum Continuum (ASC), and/or Neuropsychology
  • Experience in Cognitive Behaviour therapy.
  • Experience in practice of a specialist psychological therapy.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
Experience Essential
  • Minimum two years' experience post qualification (for band 8a) of specialist psychological assessment and intervention with clients across a 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 and verbal and physical abuse.
  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist (for band 8a) with full responsibility for clients' psychological care, individually and as part of a multi-professional care plan
  • Experience of administering and interpreting neuropsychological tests to the required age group
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Post qualification experience of working with adolescents.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of service users and carer
  • involvement in services.
  • Previous experience of working in multidisciplinary teams.

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