Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£67,064 to £77,274 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to contribute to the ongoing development of a recently opened innovative service, the Mental Health Out of Area Team (MHOAT).

Our service aims to provide support for people with complex difficulties to enable them to define, build and live meaningful, independent lives away from long term, complex rehabilitation hospital settings.

This post is part time 18.75 hours per week

Main duties of the job

Working within a multidisciplinary team, as an experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist, you will be responsible for the systematic provision of high quality, comprehensive, psychologically informed support for adults within the service. You will also be working collaboratively alongside statutory and voluntary organisations and committed to ensuring that personalised care-planning is consistent, empowering and underpinned by robust evidence base models.

The successful candidate will have well developed skills and experience of working with this population both at a direct clinical and strategic level. Opportunities to have a clinical caseload for direct psychological interventions will be actively encouraged. Supporting service development, audit and evaluation will be further key aspects of the role in collaboration with the senior management team. As a senior member of the team, a large part of the role will be supporting other staff, offering a psychologically based understanding of our clients, both with colleagues and in professional fora. You will be a key player who develops, contributes to and implements our strategic aims for the team.

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
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS - including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Member of HCPC
  • Post-doctoral training in one of more additional relevant specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Approved clinician status
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological approaches relevant to people across the full spectrum of psychological problems. Demonstrates further advanced / specialist knowledge and skills gained through additional postdoctoral training, and / or CPD and supervised practice.
  • Knowledge of relevant NHS structures, processes and policies. Capacity to interpret & communicate complex policies to others, particularly in respect of implications for meeting psychological components of care. Able to effectively implement same and use as basis for strategic planning across one or more organisations
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and / or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Familiarity with theory & practice of management & organisational change and principles of leadership
  • Formal supervision and / or mentoring training.
Experience Essential
  • Extensive assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist.
  • Extensive experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation & intervention with clients across all care settings, including community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience 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 and verbal and physical abuse.
  • Experience of the professional management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists and of other professionals
  • Experience of policy and service development and of initiating and implementing service improvements & developments in both specialist and generic areas
  • Experience of organising and chairing meetings.
  • Experience of managing referrals and waiting lists and contributing to the strategic development of services.
  • Experience of managing budgets & resources in general.
  • Experience of liaising and negotiating with commissioners and others concerned with determining Service provision.

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