Preceptor or Specialist Clinical Psychologist Band 7/8a

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Sep 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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A really exciting opportunity has arisen for a newly qualified Clinical Psychologist to work in a friendly and supportive Early Intervention in Psychosis team.

The team supports individuals between the age of 14 years to 65 years who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis in the boroughs of Halton and Warrington.

The successful candidate's main role will be to deliver and supervise the provision of evidence based psychological therapies within the EIP team. Supervision and support will be available within the Trust and we have strong links with local Universities who conduct world leading research into Psychological Therapies for psychosis as well as Clinical Psychology Training Programmes. Further training within CBT for Psychosis will be supported and we have a strong track record of supporting CPD activities.

The successful candidate will be provided with a dedicated office space in St Johns Unit, Widnes. Free parking is available across the main sites.

There are good transport links in the area for any applicants living externally to the Halton and Warrington Borough, near the cities of Liverpool and Manchester within easy reach to areas such as North Wales and the Lake District offering really positive work life balance.

We operate 9-5 Monday- Friday, however, we do show flexibility often and will facilitate visit out of hours to meet the needs of our service users.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the systematic provision of highly specialist psychological services for service users and their families/carers suffering primarily from complex psychological problems.

In particular, to provide services that meet the agreed service priorities consonant with practitioner experience and expertise. Such services to include the development and implementation of highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention strategies including clinical casework and the provision of consultancy work generally for the assurance of quality in the use of psychological methods by other team members.

This job description recognises the need to ensure appropriate supervision and professional development as a coretheme.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities


To be a member of the service team and to contribute to, participate in and adhere to the routines and policies of that service.

To be responsible for the systematic provision of psychological services at a specialist level. To adhere to the organisation of the service particularly with regard to membership of the multidisciplinary teams.

Services will be based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations, and interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care. Services will include the following:-

Specialist one-to-one clinical consultations

Specialist psychological assessment including issues of risk

Psychological interventions for individuals and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses

Decision making for and evaluating treatment options, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group

Exercising autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based intervention plans

Staff consultation contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and intervention plan

Staff consultation on the use of psychological techniques

Staff supervision in the use of psychological techniques

In particular, as part of multidisciplinary, complex care team working, to provide casework for people experiencing severe psychological difficulties. To prioritise workload to ensure that skills are used to address the more severe and complex psychological presentations within this area of work.

To supply services within the context of existing multi professional teamwork. To negotiate appropriate professional relationships with both statutory and voluntary agencies to both ensure the referral of appropriate casework and communicate highly complex clinical information.

To maintain the records of service in line with the information needs of the North West Boroughs NHS Trust.

To provide input to health, social care and community-based services to enable best practice and service user choice in line with local service accessibility. This may include inpatient environments, specialist departments, general practices, health centres, local day centres, and residential and nursing homes.

To manage frequent exposure to highly distressing and emotional circumstances, and maintain substantial mental effort through frequent and intense levels of concentration and attention.


To support the formulation and implementation of clinical and operational practices and procedures as appropriate.

Support the implementation, monitoring and updating of an operational policy and philosophy for the clinical area.

Ensure the principles of clinical governance are incorporated in service delivery by maintaining a high quality service based on agreed clinical standards.

Participate in managerial supervision.


To assist the supervision of Assistant Psychologists within the service

To receive appropriate clinical supervision to ensure quality of professional practice.

Through the personal appraisal process, to engage in professional development that ensures that Continuing Professional Development requirements are met and that eligibility for Chartering and licensed practice is both achieved and maintained.

Provide evidence to support development around the Trust Appraisal system which may include the KSF or other competency profiles.

Participate in regular supervision, engage in reflective practice and be committed to continued development.

Develop own skills and knowledge and contribute to the development of others.


To undertake appropriate service audits and assist the research and development agenda by proposing areas of study appropriate to advancing the nature of psychological work within this service specialty.

To undertake regular audit and evaluation of the teams activity by the derivation, collection and analysis of appropriate data.

Undertake and participate in appropriate audit, quality assurance programmes and research as directed.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registration with Health Professions Council as Practising Psychologist (to be maintained)
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience during training of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience during training 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, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Doctoral level knowledge (or its equivalent) of research design and methodology, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented
Skills 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 &/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional groups.

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