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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Mental Health
Band 8a
Fixed term: 1 year
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Lifehouse Brunswick Dock
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum
Salary period
21/01/2021 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction 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 have 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 of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) 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.

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”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Step Forward Service Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist Posts (Band 7/8a Maternity Leave Fixed Term Posts Dependent on Experience)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Clinical Psychologists to apply for 1 year fixed term band 7 / 8a posts (dependent on experience) within our new Step Forward Service within Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust (Band 7 candidates such as newly qualified Clinical Psychologists will be considered but salary would be in line with Band 7).

The Step Forward service is a new Mersey Care initiative developed with the intention of developing more effective and timely psychological interventions for those entering primary care services who require psychological interventions, and also to support more effective and efficient step up and down services for clients needing or receiving CMHT (secondary care) mental health input. The service works closely alongside IAPT and third sector colleagues to help ready clients to access services such as these more successfully.

The Step Forward service comprises a team of Clinical Psychologists, Psychological Practitioners and Assistant Psychologists who support adult service users with moderate to complex mental health difficulties (whose needs fall between primary and secondary care).

The posts are 1 year fixed term posts which are intended to cover maternity leave within the service. The successful applicants would be supported and offered training in order to develop / further develop their therapy skills . Relevant training, support and experience will be provided to ensure professional development for the successful applicants.

The successful candidates will provide psychological assessment, therapy and interventions to clients and carers aged 18 upwards with a range of difficulties in community 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. 

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. 

Shortlisting is planned for 22nd January 2021.

Interviews are planned for 1st February 2021.

For Further information contact  Frank.Chapman@merseycare.nhs.uk

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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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Frank Chapman
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Consultant Clinical Psychologist
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