Clinical Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience dependent upon experience
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit to our Adult Step 4 Primary Care Mental Health Psychology Service. We have secured additional permanent funding including a preceptorship post 7/8a for a newly qualified Clinical Psychologist. We recognise that the last couple of years may have presented a number of challenges to trainees and feel we can provide a supportive and nurturing environment to consolidate and further develop skills and experience acquired during training.

The Step 4 Psychology team are part of the stepped care model in primary care and have close working relationships and links with the other steps in the service. We provide assessment, consultation and individual and group interventions to clients referred to our service.

Main duties of the job

In addition to contributing fully to the offer in the adult step 4 psychology service as part of the developmental expectation of a 7/8a appointment we are able to offer a CPD opportunity to input into another specialty / service in the trust in line with interests and developmental needs of the successful candidate.

We are of course also able to appoint at 8a if you have already acquired suitable post qualification experience and welcome applications from candidates in this position and would be willing to consider developmental opportunities at this level too.

As a team we have adapted well during covid and are able to deliver services remotely as well as continued with face-to-face as appropriate. Flexible and remote working will continue as part of the service offer.We are a small, committed team we offer supervision and continued opportunities for training and development across the service.

Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about the team and the opportunities and developments in the service.

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)
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, orally and in writing, complex and /or clinically sensitive information to clients and professional colleagues within and outside the NHS.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development. ? Skills in providing Consultation to other professionals and nonprofessional groups
  • Skills in working with people with complex and specialist needs
  • Competency in carrying out group interventions with complex clients
  • Ability to apply psychological knowledge creatively in developing new initiatives.
  • Knowledge of supervision theory and practice.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
Experience Essential
  • At least 2 years postqualification NHS experience of working as a clinical psychologist therapeutically with adult clients with varied complex, psychological problems.
  • Experience of engaging and sustaining work with ambivalent clients.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care
  • Experience of liaison with other health professionals
  • Experience of providing teaching and training.
  • Experience of working in physical health settings within multi-disciplinary teams
Analytical & Judgement Skills Essential
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to assess and manage significant risk with appropriate sensibility to client and service factors.
  • Ability to write reports for varied audiences, including courts and purchasers of services
Personal Skills Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Appreciation of the interface between our personal and professional lives, high level of self awareness and knowledge of principles of self care.
  • Team Player

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