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Head of Psychological Services - Medium Secure MI

Band 8c

Main area
Psychological services
Band 8c
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Rowan View
£63,751 - £73,664 per annum
Salary period
Today at 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.

Very exciting opportunity to lead the psychology service in a brand new state of the art building that incorporates innovative technology and enhances the therapeutic offer. Don’t miss the chance to deliver and develop a new model of care in a great setting, with opportunities to provide specialist therapies and improve the care pathway for people with complex needs and histories. Applications will be considered from suitably qualified clinicians with experience of working in secure settings at a senior level.

The post is based at Rowan View Medium Secure Unit which is part of the Mersey Care Secure Division. Therefore the service is strategically and operationally connected to a cohesive treatment pathway which also incorporates Ashworth High Secure Hospital, Rathbone Low Secure Unit and Community Forensic Services.

The post offers an exciting opportunity to lead an established yet innovative psychological service which provides intensive intervention with service users who present with severe and often comorbid mental health conditions including severe mental illness and personality disorder. This group of service users is likely to have committed serious violent offences and as such psychological intervention focuses on personal recovery and the reduction of risk of further offending. The service has a systemic orientation and a significant element of the post holder’s role will be to work closely with senior management staff and other members of the clinical care team. This approach aims to develop and integrate enhanced psychological understanding of the service users’ needs and difficulties both through the application of comprehensive psychological formulations to inform care and treatment, and promoting a psychological perspective within the Unit as a whole.

It is expected that the post holder will line manage other psychological practitioners and ensure effective clinical supervision as well as driving the ethos and practice of trauma informed care. The Psychology Service strives to provide compassionate care which values the integrity and dignity of service users consistent with the trust vision of Perfect Care.

The post holder will have the opportunity to develop and conduct research related to their practice and the field of forensic mental health. Mersey Care NHS Trust recognises high quality research amongst its values as a core element of service provision.

Interviews are planned for week commencing 25th January 2021.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Sara Finlayson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Email address: sara.finlayson@merseycare.nhs.uk

Telephone number: 07751726289


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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Sara Finlayson
Job title
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
07751 726289