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Preceptor or Specialist Clinical Psychologist Band 7/8a

Band 7/8a

Main area
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health
Band 7/8a
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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£38,890 - £51,668 per annum
22/04/2020 23:59

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 and 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. Our services are currently provided from 124 sites across the North West.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care and become the world’s leading organisation in physical, mental health, addiction and learning disabilities. We set our own standards and goals for improvements in care rather than aiming to meet minimum standards set by other organisations. Our values are those of: Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support. We are the first Trust in the UK to publicly commit and develop a policy to have zero suicides among people in our care by 2020.

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” overall and “Outstanding” for being well led.

Band 8a Specialist Clinical Psychologist OR Band 7/8a Preceptor post (full-time, permanent); Inpatient Acute and PICU – Clock View Hospital

Mersey Care NHS Trust are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, proactive clinical psychologist to join our happy, supportive Psychology team in Adult Acute Mental Health. Our service is expanding and a full time vacancy has arisen which could be filled with either an experienced band 8a or a newly qualified psychologist at a preceptor level.

The successful applicant will provide psychological input for one adult acute inpatient ward and one psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU). Both wards are based at Clock View, a state of the art new build hospital where the therapeutic environment is already impacting positively on wellbeing of service users and staff. Both wards have benefitted from dedicated psychological input for at least two years and routinely work closely with psychology as part of an integrated MDT.

The service structure is as follows:
8 Adult Acute wards, 1 Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, 1 long-stay Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit
 Part-Time Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist Service Lead
 Full-Time Principal Clinical Psychologist Clinical Lead
 0.5 specialist clinical psychologist per ward
 0.5 assistant psychologist per ward
 Close links with Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester for trainee placements.

The successful applicant will be working with some of the most vulnerable and acutely unwell service users in the Trust. The work is varied and fast paced, but also offers plenty of opportunities for longer term therapeutic interventions where this is necessary for a service user to move on successfully from acute care. The Inpatient Psychology Service has led the division in developing a stepped psychological model for service users with severe and complex mental health needs. Clinical interventions are delivered by qualified staff or assistants as required, and a series of psychosocial group interventions is well established on most wards, co-facilitated by our in-house team of Expert by Experience volunteers. The service has good relationships with staff of other disciplines and a successful system of integrated working with the wider MDT.

The successful applicant will provide integrative psychological assessment, formulation and
interventions to clients with a range of complex mental health difficulties, and work closely with the MDT to ensure psychological thinking is present in their care planning. They will provide clinical supervision to assistant psychologists, experts by experience and trainees on placement.

Central to Mersey Care NHS Trust’s five year vision, the Trust is committed to training and enhancing psychological approaches throughout its wider workforce. The successful applicant would also offer advice and consultation to non-psychologist colleagues and support the development of psychological skills across the whole workforce through training, supervision, and reflective

Mersey Care NHS Trust’s aim is to be the best it can be:- for our staff; service users and carers, aspiring to the goal of perfect care. Our Trust values include a strong commitment to quality of care through continuous improvement, being accountable and challenging to inspire good practice, improving the lives of others by giving respect and to genuinely possess enthusiasm and care for your patients. We are seeking to recruit individuals with a positive attitude and a strong understanding of how Human Rights Based and Person Centred approaches can be applied to clinical interventions for our Service Users within inpatient Mental Health services. Excellent  communication and people skills are essential. We will invest in you to continue to develop your skills, so over the long term, hopefully, you will choose to spend your career with us.

Shortlisting is planned for 23rd April 2020.

Interviews are planned for 11th, 12th & 14th May 2020.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr May Sarsam

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Service Lead - Local Adult Inpatient Psychology

Clock View Hospital

2A Oakhouse Park, Walton

Liverpool      L9 1EP

Tel: 0151 330 7239 / 07827258012


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