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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
02/06/2020 23:59
Interview date

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 7/8a preceptorship posts (Permanent).

An exciting opportunity for newly qualified Clinical Psychologists to apply for a number of new band 7/8a preceptorship posts within adult mental health community .

The successful applicant would be supported and offered training to develop therapy skills . Over the last few years preceptors have had attended full CFT , ACT,EMDR and MBT/DBT training .

Posts are suitable for newly qualified and current Band 7/8as clinicians; relevant training, support and experience will be provided to ensure successful applicants are eligible for preceptorship to an 8a clinical psychology post after 2 years of direct clinical experience.

The successful candidate will provide psychological assessment, therapy and interventions to clients and carers aged  18 to 65 with a range of difficulties in both community and inpatient settings. 

Over the last 5 years Merseycare Psychology department has tripled in size and is now an integral part of MDT team .

Central to Mersey Care strategy is to train and enhance the psychological skills and approaches throughout its workforce.  You will be supporting this agenda either through supervision , Reflective Practice within MDT and the wider service. Should you wish you can provide teaching and supervision of students on our PG cert in Applied Psychological skills for Nurses and AHPs.

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 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.

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 and community Adult Mental Health services.  Excellent communication and people skills are essential. 

 You will  be supported  to become a highly  skilled therapist with a wide  range of clinical experience.  As you progress post 8a , should you wish , we will develop your leadership management and bid writing skills . Post 8a there will be opportunities for funded further training eg . CAT or systemic therapy training, Leadership and management training .

We will invest and support you to develop your skills,  so over the long term  you will hopefully want to spend your career  with us.

Shortlisting is planned for: 03rd June 2020

Interviews are planned for: 29th June 2020



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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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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For Further information contact Richard.whitehead@merseycare.nhs.uk.