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Clinical Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to work within the Primary Care Enhanced Psychological Therapies Service Central. The Services consists of diversity of psychological practitioners including: clinical psychologists of differing levels of seniority, psychoanalytical psychotherapists, CBT therapists, EMDR therapists, DBT therapists, Art Therapist and Schema Therapists.

Do you have experience of working with people with complex mental health difficulties, personality damage and trauma histories, who can demonstrate enthusiasm, compassion and optimism for the recovery and increased quality of life of the service user group.

The successful applicant will provide psychological input with the support of other colleagues from the service and enhance the psychological care of service users. The person will be providing psychological assessment, formulation and psychological interventions, whilst working alongside enthusiastic and innovative psychological teams.

Main duties of the job

The team is a motivated and ethically driven group of clinical psychologists within a wider MDT who work together to provide high levels of clinical interventions with individuals with complex psychological needs.

There are close links with a range of therapeutic professionals. There will be multiple professional and clinical CPD training opportunities supported within the post. There will be regular supervision from a consultant clinical psychologist and peer reflection sessions available.

There is wider liaison across the care group to enhance support and opportunities for clinical psychologists

The banding for the role is flexible. Applicants can apply as an 8a, but applications with less experience are very welcome to start at a band 7 through a preceptorship role. The applicant would then develop into a band 8a position after approximately two years of training and completion of competencies.

Additional funding for CPD is available for this post.

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 ? HPC Registered
  • HPC Registered
  • Additional Psychotherapy qualification
  • Supervision qualification
  • Core NHS/Social Services professional training
Knowledge and 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.
  • Experience of liaison with other health professionals.
  • Experience of providing teaching and training.
  • Experience of contributing to policy and service development.
Experience Essential
  • Post-qualification NHS experience of working as a clinical psychologist therapeutically with adult clients with varied psychological problems
  • Experience of engaging and sustaining work with ambivalent clients.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care within the context of a multi -disciplinary teams and care plans
  • Experience of liaison with other health professionals.
  • Experience of providing teaching and training.
  • Experience of contributing to policy and service development
  • Experience of working with Older Adults
  • Expertise in neuropsychological assessment

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Delamere House

Delamere Street



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