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Clinical Psychologist / Counselling Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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To provide clinical or counselling psychology services to people who access the services provided by the Learning Disability, Neurodevelopmental and Acquired Brain Injury Care Group.

This is an opportunity to be part of a new and innovative post within the Learning Disabilities, Neurodevelopmental and Acquired Brain Injury Care Group. The creation of this post represents the value within CWP and the care group of providing clinical/counselling psychology to people with a variety of neurological presentations. The role will provide the post holder with an opportunity to rotate between the different services within the care group, gaining a variety of experiences of working with people with different neurological and cognitive challenges. This is an excellent opportunity for either a newly qualified clinical or counselling psychologist or someone with some post qualification experience already to develop their skills with working with people with a variety of cognitive, behavioural and emotional needs as well as with their families and the teams that support them. You will have an opportunity to hone your skills in both community and inpatient settings supported by highly experienced Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists and other members of the team. Regular supervision and mentoring will be provided by senior Clinical Psychologists within the team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will initially work within the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) service as part of the Wirral based team to cover maternity leave until June 2023. We are looking for someone who is passionate about working with people from a variety of backgrounds and different neurological/cognitive needs. You will be a confident, friendly individual who has experience of working with people who have had an ABI (including stroke), learning disabilities and/or neurodevelopmental presentations such as people on the autistic spectrum (ASD) and those diagnosed with attentional deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). The successful candidate(s) will have experience in working within a multidisciplinary setting and helping to guide the person's psychological input. They will have experience in delivering individual therapy that is adapted to the needs of people with cognitive difficulties and helping non-psychology team members. They will be required to provide neuropsychological assessment and interventions.

The role involves blended working, including remote sessions via telephone and video, face to face sessions in our established COVID secure clinic rooms and working from home. It will also involve travelling around the Wirral and Cheshire depending on the clinical need and current COVID-19 levels/status.

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 have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running. CWP also scored the highest in the north west (among mental health, learning disability and community Trusts) for staff recommending CWP as a place to work in the NHS Staff Survey 2020.

We have services across Wirral and Cheshire, as well as Trafford, Warrington, Bolton, Halton and Liverpool - and provide specialist services for the North West as a whole.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care. We offer a variety of roles at all levels.

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

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 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.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

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.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.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

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 Qualifications Essential
  • Post graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) or
  • Post graduate doctoral level training in counselling psychology or
  • BPS approved Diploma or Masters in Counselling Psychology
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Applied Psychologist
Knowledge & Expertise Essential
  • Skills in conducting complex psychological assessment and intervention frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing complex and /or clinically sensitive information to clients and professional colleagues within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge and experience of cognitive assessments
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Skills in providing Consultation to other professionals and nonprofessional groups
  • Clinical experience within neuropsychology/ learning disability service(s)
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Knowledge of supervision theory and practice
  • Skills in working with people with complex and specialist needs
  • Ability to apply psychological knowledge creatively in developing new initiatives
Experience Essential
  • Experience of engaging and sustaining work with complex clients
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care
  • Experience of liaison with other health professionals

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