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Clinical Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Clinical Psychologist
Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
373-CYP0532-C RR
The Birch Centre
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum pro rata
Salary period
31/12/2021 23:59

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside.

We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

Situated near two thriving cities in Liverpool and Manchester, CWP operates from 66 sites across Cheshire and Merseyside, including Wirral, Chester, Winsford, Crewe, Macclesfield, Sefton and Trafford.

We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the top places to work in the health service for the last two years running and committed to delivering person centred care.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated CWP as ‘Good’ overall, ‘better’ for treatments and ‘Outstanding’ for care.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you. 

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

Apply now to join our skilled and friendly teams and help us to deliver our vision to improve health and wellbeing by providing high quality care.

Visit our ‘Working for us’ pages at www.cwp.nhs.uk to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

Job overview

If you are an enthusiastic and experienced Clinical Psychologist looking for a rewarding career, where you can make a difference and change lives for the better, then this role might be for you.

You will provide highly specialised psychological assessments and treatment for Children and Young People experiencing severe, highly complex and persistent mental health difficulties a strong interest and/or post qualifying experience or training in family work, attachment interventions or vulnerable groups would be advantageous but not essential. Support and further specific training will be offered to develop knowledge in areas of interest and to expand your evidence based therapeutic interventions should this be desired as part of your career path.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will provide specialist supervision and consultation, teaching and training within the team and related agencies in agreement with the Team Manager and will participate in clinical audit, service evaluation and development. Applicants will be encouraged to lead on areas of special interest and develop strategic plans considering national drivers and local needs.

You will be a valued core member of the multi-disciplinary CAMHS and leadership team, joining a supportive and friendly network of local CWP clinical staff

The post is Band 8a, 37.5 hours per week or substantive part-time post and is based within The Birch Centre Wirral CAMHS team. Please consider all the essential criteria within the Job Description for full details of this role or contact for further discussion and/or tour of the Birch Centre to experience the atmosphere in person.

Working for our organisation

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you. 

Visit our ‘Working for us’ pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone.  We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.  We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for a full copy.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

To ensure that we continue to provide ‘Outstanding for Care’ (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trust’s Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment, which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trust’s Values and Behaviours which are ‘the 6 Cs’ Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment.  A ‘Guide to completing your application form’ can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trust’s Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer ‘YES’ to the question: ‘Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?’ Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.  Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached “Update Service Applicant Guide” document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS
  • Maintain Chartered status.
  • Completed University module on Clinical Supervision
  • HCPC registration
Desirable criteria
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Specialist therapy training, e.g. CBT/CAT and Systemic therapies.
  • Previous experience of working in teams

Knowledge and Expertise

Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • High level of ability to communicate effectively at a written and oral level. The ability to write complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to children/young people, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to function independently as a psychological therapist within a Team.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Specialist knowledge and expertise in relation to a particular speciality as demonstrated by postdoctoral training. This may take the form of a continuous training course or a number of short courses or evidence of work place training via specialist supervision.
  • Ability to use this specialist knowledge for service development as well as in a clinical capacity
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists (doctoral level trainees).
  • Practised within the clinical fields of psychology.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Experience or special interest in. areas such as Attachment Theory and associated therapeutic interventions, vulnerable groups and their specific needs e.g. CIN. CP, CLA, YOS and/or Eating Disorders and their specialist treatment programmes


Essential criteria
  • Minimum two years experience post qualification of specialist psychological assessment and intervention with clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse.
  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, with full responsibility for clients' psychological care, individually and as part of a multi-professional care plan.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of service users and carer involvement in services.
  • Post qualification experience of working with children and young people with chronic health conditions.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Caroline Ashdown
Job title
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
0300 303 3157