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Specialist Senior/Preceptor Clinical Psychologist EIP

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year Preceptorship and Senior grade will be considered
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are now recruiting to our Psychology Team within one of UK's largest Early Intervention Services for Psychosis and At-risk Mental States. We are looking for clinical psychologists interested in working in a trauma-informed service, that offers evidence-based psychological interventions (including but not limited to CBT for Psychosis, EMDR, family interventions). We are a well led, highly supportive team working across committed and passionate Early Intervention Services. We are forward thinking and research active and prioritise the development of our staff through commitment to training and CPD. We provide a Trust-wide preceptorship programme for newly qualified clinical psychologists and advanced supervision and training opportunities for more experienced psychologists.

Main duties of the job

Please see the full job descriptions which will cover responsibilities across the following domains suited to the post:


Teaching, training and supervision

Information Technology

Management, recruitment, policy and service development

Service Governance

General Professional Responsibilities

Working environment

Equality and Diversity

Health and Safety


This job description is an outline and account of the main duties. Any changes will be discussed with the post holder in advance but will also be reviewed regularly to take into account changes and developments in service requirements. The post holder has the right to request a review should they feel there have been significant changes to their role.

Note: The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information.

See full job description for details.

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

Job Title: Highly Specialist Senior Clinical Psychologist

Band: Band 8a

Hours: 30

Accountable to: Psychological Lead, Early Intervention Services

Responsible to: Principle Clinical Psychologists

Responsible for: Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Psychologists, Newly Qualified Psychological Practitioners

Liaises with: Other team members within the Early Interventions Service and members of other disciplines and agencies responsible for service user care

Base: Baird House, Edge Ln, Fairfield, Liverpool L7 9NJ, UK

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology accredited by the BPS or its approved equivalent.
  • Registration with Health Professions Council as Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist at a specialist level for a significant period.
  • Significant experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working in an Early Intervention Service.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Knowledge and skill development to meet KSF factor 2 Level 8 requirements
  • Expertise in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Understanding of the philosophy and principles of care underpinning Early Intervention in Psychosis
  • 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 non-professional groups.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of IT systems including word processing, email and local electronic patient information systems.
  • theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in psychosis and 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.
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Ability to self reflect, use clinical supervision appropriately and consider complex organisational and team dynamics.
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
Other Essential
  • 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.

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