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Clinical Psychologist Band 7 / 8a Inpatient Psychology Service

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Psychologist, Adult mental health nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to join a well established, supportive team of practitioners meeting the psychological needs of service users across inpatient services in Liverpool and Sefton.

The post available is:

1.0wte Adult Inpatient Practitioner Psychologist based in Liverpool (permanent Band 7/8a dependent on experience and subject to preceptorship)

Main duties of the job

Main Duties of the Job

We are looking for qualified psychological practitioner with the experience, skills and enthusiasm to provide quality services to people accessing Mersey Care NHS Trust.

Successful applicants would be working within the inpatient team to support people with a range of psychological issues. The applicant will provide specialist psychological assessment, therapy and interventions to service users and carers, making use of a range of models where appropriate. Successful applicants would also offer specialist advice, leadership and consultation to non-psychologist colleagues and support the development of psychological skills across the whole workforce through specialist training, supervision, mentorship and reflective practice. Psychological input is highly valued by staff within the service. We would also expect them to have experience of working with other services, championing psychological interventions and developing working partnerships.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental healthservices 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

We would expect the applicant to be a team player as they will be part of a supportive MDT delivering a multi tiered psychosocial interventions. We are particularly keen to recruit individuals with a strong background in person-centred and Human-Rights based approaches to healthcare, with a positive attitude and a strong understanding and commitment to integrated team working. Excellent communication and people skills are essential, as is a proven passion for improving the lives clients and their families.

The post holder may be expected to audit and evaluate a range of outcomes in terms of the benefit for Service Users, staff and the wider service. An active interest in research, publication and supporting others to develop their evaluation skills will be an advantage.

Posts are suitable for newly qualified and current clinicians. Relevant training, support and experience will be provided to ensure successful applicants are eligible to apply for preceptorship to an 8a clinical psychology post if professional qualifications allow and after demonstrating significant demonstrable post qualifying experience. Anybody applying who already has the relevant training and experience will be able to start at band 8a.

In your application can you please state which post(s) you are interested in and whether you are seeking full or part time hours.

CPD is central to the post. Dependent on your skill set we will provide a wide range of training to meet your individual development and service needs. Over the last three years examples of funded training courses available for our staff have been; full CFT (individual and group), EMDR, ACT, DBT, MBT and full CAT training. You will receive additional specialist supervision should this be required. We are keen on career progression and will also support your training in leadership and management should you wish to pursue this. Our aim to support, develop and retain you so you stay with Mersey Care for many years to come.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology accredited by the BPS or its approved equivalent,
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
Knowledge / Experience Essential
  • Expertise in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well developed and effective communication skills, oral and written, 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
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to client group and mental health
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Ability to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Reasonable adjustments will be made for those with sensory impairment.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts. Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of IT systems including word processing, email and local electronic patient information systems
  • Knowledge and skill development to meet KSF factor 2 Level 8 requirements

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