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Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£67,064 to £77,274 a year per annum
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time
0.8 WTE 8c Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Team, Wirral

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Consultant Clinical Psychologist within Wirral CAMHS 0-18 Service for 30 hours per week to play a leading role in developing further this thriving and comprehensive service. The current post holder is in the process of retiring.

The multi-disciplinary CAMHS Team consists of Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Mental Health Workers, Care Navigators and several Clinical Psychologists (including two at 8b). Within the wider Wirral CAMHS service there are Access, MHST, Urgent Support, LD, neuro developmental, ISF and ED Teams who are interlinked with the 0-18 Team. There are a further six Clinical Psychologists within these teams. Wirral CAMHS also work closely with social care and youth offending.

The role will consist of being Clinical Lead within the 0-18 CAMHS Service on Wirral. The post holder will be responsible alongside senior team members to contribute to the strategic development of the service to ensure clinical excellence. This will also include linking with other CAMHS lead clinicians across the Trust.

Main duties of the job

The role will consist of providing consultations, supervisions and training sessions to team members; the post holder will also act as the professional lead for the Clinical Psychology team. The role will also include undertaking assessments, formulating care plans and delivering therapeutic interventions for children and young people and their families with moderate to severe mental health needs. Research is encouraged and there is a strong network of support within the Trust. Equally, there are strong links with the local Clinical Psychology training programmes. It is desirable that the post holder hold an accredited supervising qualification and be able to take the lead on providing supervision and development within at least one therapeutic model for one day a week.

This is a substantive part time 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 offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

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.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Bronze' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

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
  • Registered with HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral training in one of more additional relevant specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Formal supervision, mentoring or coaching qualification
  • Formal leadership training
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
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 required by HCPC
  • Familiarity with theory & practice of management & organisational change and principles of leadership
  • Experience of representing the profession in local policy
  • Experience of liaising and negotiating with commissioners and others concerned with determining Service provision
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 representing the profession in local policy
  • Experience of liaising and negotiating with commissioners and others concerned with determining Service provision

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