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Clinical Psychologist posted by NHS

Full Time
Windsor house, Liverpool
£42,414 - £49,969 / year
NHS Band 8A

Job Description

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations, we've been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate during recruitment, and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES).

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Clinical Psychologist to apply for an 8a post in Mersey Care Local Division Psychological Therapies Team in Adult mental Health.

In addition we would also welcome any applicants who may wish to join our Mersey Care Psychology Bank (working on an as and when required basis).

The applicant would provide specialist psychological assessment, therapy and interventions to clients and carers. They would also offer specialist advice, leadership and consultation on client’s psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues. In addition they would support the development of psychological skills across the whole workforce and be involved in training and reflective practice.

The successful applicant would be working with individuals from Cluster 4 -10. We would also be keen to train the successful applicant in leadership and management skills should they wish.

The Psychology service at Mersey Care has a good track record in winning tenders. The successful applicant, should they wish, will be mentored to develop skills in bid writing and will be given the opportunity of working alongside experienced staff to learn how to develop new services following successful bids.

It would be expected that the successful applicant would engage in regular individual and peer supervision.

Central to the trusts five year vision, Mersey Care has committed to training and integrating psychological approaches throughout its workforce. Clinical Psychologists will have governance and oversight of this. Mersey Care has recently significantly invested in the psychological workforce so we can deliver the vision.

We are seeking to recruit individuals with a positive attitude and a strong understanding and integration of Human Rights and Person Centred approaches for working with people with Service Users of our Adult Mental Health services.

Mersey Care NHS Trust’s aim is to be the best it can be: - for our staff; service users and carers to aspire to the goal of perfect care. Our transformation agenda is an opportunity to develop a service and workforce over the next few years which adheres to best practice and provides focused, personalised care for Service Users, enabling people to achieve their own personal outcomes. If you are successful in your application you will be part of the team delivering this change. You will be supported to become a highly skilled therapist. We will also equip you with skills and experience to become a future leader and manager of service.

Excellent communication and people skills are essential.

Shortlisting is planned for 14th March 2019

Interviews are planned for 28th March 2019



For further details / informal visits contact:

David King ( Email address removed )




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Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a minimum amount of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

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