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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/09/2020.

Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 350-SELD2549483-A

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Psychology
Scott Clinic, Liverpool
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum

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.

Clinical/Forensic Psychologist

Scott Clinic Medium Secure Psychology service


2 posts: 1.0 wte permanent position and 1.0 fixed term for 18 months

Very exciting opportunity to join a service that is about to move into a state of the art new building that incorporates innovative technology and enhances the therapeutic offer. Don’t miss the chance to be involved in delivering a new model of care in a great setting, with opportunities to develop specialist therapies and improve the care pathway for people with complex needs and histories. Applications will be considered from newly qualified clinicians who would be supported to develop necessary skills to reach the person specification for an 8A position.

The posts are based within the Psychology service, Scott Clinic 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.

These posts offer an exciting opportunity to join 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 are 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 holders role will be to work closely with ward 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 through the application of comprehensive psychological formulations to inform care and treatment.

It is expected that the post holder will routinely be present on the ward and drive 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.

The post is currently based at Scott Clinic in Rainhill but this Unit is moving to a state of the art new building in Maghull, providing very exciting opportunites to be part of a service driving forward progressive care. The post holder will be expected to move base therefore (approximately 15 miles).

Shortlisting is planned for 28th September 2020.

Interviews are planned for 2nd October 2020.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameSara FinlaysonJob titleConsultant Clinical PsychologistEmail addresssara.finlayson@merseycare.nhs.ukTelephone number0151 4717800 or 07751726289

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply. All information regarding your application will come from not NHS Jobs. Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.

Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact recruitment on 0151 472 7557 to ensure that measures can be put in place to support you.

We reserve the right to close any vacancy earlier than advertised in exceptional circumstances once we have received a high volume of applications.

The Trust expects all post holders who require an enhanced DBS for their role subscribe to the DBS Update Service. You will be required to enrol for this service for a fee of £13 per year and maintain registration. Trans applicants who require a DBS check and do not want to reveal details of their previous identity can contact the DBS Sensitive Applications Team (01516761452 or email with their application number once they have completed their DBS application form. The team is able to prevent any previous identity showing on the DBS Certificate, unless the applicant has a conviction under their previous details in which case this will need to be disclosed.

We celebrate diversity and promote equal opportunities; we are committed to challenging and eliminating racism and other forms of discrimination and advancing and promoting equality of opportunity in the provision of services and creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to be disabled who meet the minimum (essential) criteria for the role in the person specification. If you would like your application to be considered under the Trust’s guaranteed interview scheme you can indicate this in the personal information section of your online application form.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current 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 current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration 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 UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to 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) are also subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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