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Professional Lead - Psychology & Specialist Clinical Practice

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£78,192 to £90,387 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 8D
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Full Time
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We are excited to announce an innovative new psychological leadership post within Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative and highly skilled psychologist who is an exceptional leader, motivated to promote high quality psychological ways of thinking across the whole organisation and develop all aspects of the psychological professions within the Trust. You will join a pro-active senior leadership team and organisation, which truly believes in multi-disciplinary team working at all levels to bring about the best outcomes for our services users, carers and communities that we serve.

The Professional Lead will be responsible for professional psychological practice and quality across the Trust to ensure excellence in patient experience. Working in partnership with key stakeholders they will provide and enable excellent professional leadership, inclusive of continuous quality improvement of psychological services and practice development, The Professional Lead will act as the Trust's Chief Psychological Profession's Officer (CPPO) and approach the role from a strong position of evidence-based practice. They will take a strategic Trust-wide perspective as well as contributing to system-wide strategic conversations; working closely with the Trust Senior Management Team, and Health and Local Authority Commissioners and informed by psychological practitioners and experts by experience.

Main duties of the job

You will work as part of the senior leadership team to ensure delivery of first class psychologically informed services. You will play a key role in the quality of services and contribute to Care Group Professional Leadership and Trust Wide Senior Leadership meetings on a regular basis. You will also be a key advocate and enabler of the Quality Improvement approach to services across the Care Groups/Trust Wide as well as promoting a responsive approach to supporting psychology staff.

CWP's Mental Health services comprise Older and Younger adults, Urgent/Acute Care Psychology Services, Children and Young People's Mental Health and Learning Disability / Autism Services, Neuro Developmental Disorders/Learning Disability and ABI Psychology Services, and Neighbourhood/Physical Health Psychology Services. You will be committed to maintaining a balance of expertise across modalities ensuring that there are clinicians within CWP with expertise across the main psychological intervention modalities. You will hold responsibility for the psychological interventions' strategy and governance across the Trust leading psychological therapists/clinical psychologists. You will have professional responsibility for all lead psychologists and psychological therapists. You will hold professional responsibility for the psychological therapies across care groups. As well as providing management, direct supervision and consultation you will hold a small specialist caseload of complex patients.

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
  • Good honours degree in psychology. Eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology, (or equivalent for those trained before 1996) as accredited by the BPS including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological theories and lifespan development psychology.
  • HCPC registered as a practitioner psychologist (clinical).
  • Chartered status with the British Psychological Society and membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology or the Association of Clinical Psychologists
  • Management Qualification.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological theories and lifespan development psychology.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • High level ability to communicate effectively at both written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professional and non- professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of post-qualification CPD as recommended by the BPS.
  • High level skills in clinical and professional supervision.
  • Ability to independently analyse and integrate complex clinical and service information derived from a range of resources to inform individual care, treatment and management plans and service developments.
  • Highly developed and effective communication skills both orally and in written format, including the ability to communicate technical and highly personal and sensitive information and clinical judgements to a wide range of lay and professional people including individual clients and carers and staff within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically at a clinical and service level, where interventions may impact on a range of services and individuals and require longer term objectives and planning.
Experience Essential
  • Assessed substantial experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist within a designated speciality.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course, in various settings including outpatient, community, primary care inpatient and residential care settings. Also including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threats of physical abuse.
  • Experience of providing a range of complex psychological assessment and interventions using information derived from a variety of sources and requiring highly developed analytic and interpretative skills. Experience of working within environments involving exposure to significant professional, clinical and ethical challenges.
  • Experience of effective multi-agency and disciplinary team working and networking.
  • Experience of professional management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists.
  • Experience of staff, team and service management.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibilities for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care-coordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of strategic service development and evaluation.

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