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Preceptor or Specialist Clinical Psychologist Band 7/8a

Band 7

Main area
Learning Disability Services
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Hollins Park Hospital
£40,057 - £53,219 per annum
Salary period
20/07/2022 23:59


Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an ambitious and committed Clinical Psychologist to be part of a dynamic and constantly evolving Learning Disability Team in Warrington Borough. We welcome applications from newly qualified clinicians with a strong interest in working with this client group and current band 7/8a clinicians who are looking to further develop their expertise.

The successful applicant will join with the teams Principal Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Psychologist and work as part of the wider multidisciplinary team which includes Nurses, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapists and a Consultant Psychiatrist. We have close links with all three local doctorate training programmes.

The successful applicant  will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users’ choice and works alongside them and their carers to ensure they are at the centre of care planning.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone with the clinical skills to work with service users with a Learning Disability, providing assessment, formulation and therapeutic interventions to people referred to our services, both individually and in group format. The role will include working with adults with complex physical and/or psychological health needs alongside their Learning Disability. The post also involves enabling and supporting people with Learning Disabilities to access mainstream services. Experience of working within Learning Disabilities services is desirable.

The successful applicant will be a confident individual who is able to hold a caseload and contribute to a psychologically minded team approach through joint working, training, formulation and consultation with the MDT. 

You will have access to regular clinical supervision and clinical leadership guidance and will receive managerial supervision from the Team manager. We are also committed to supporting personal and professional development and you will be offered a yearly Personal development review and planning work objectives. Additional CPD activities/seeking further training is encouraged and supported within the team. Areas for development will be agreed at the onset of the post and progress will be reviewed regularly.  Once agreed competencies have been met, the post holder will be uplifted to Band 8a.  

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


To be a member of the service team and to contribute to, participate in and adhere to the routines and policies of that service.

To be responsible for the systematic provision of psychological services at a specialist level. To adhere to the organisation of the service particularly with regard to membership of the multidisciplinary teams.

Services will be based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations, and interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care. Services will include the following:-

Specialist one-to-one clinical consultations

Specialist psychological assessment including issues of risk

Psychological interventions for individuals and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses

Decision making for and evaluating treatment options, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group

Exercising autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based intervention plans

Staff consultation contributing directly to clients’ formulation, diagnosis and intervention plan

Staff consultation on the use of psychological techniques

Staff supervision in the use of psychological techniques

In particular, as part of multidisciplinary, complex care team working, to provide casework for people experiencing severe psychological difficulties. To prioritise workload to ensure that skills are used to address the more severe and complex psychological presentations within this area of work.

To supply services within the context of existing multi professional teamwork. To negotiate appropriate professional relationships with both statutory and voluntary agencies to both ensure the referral of appropriate casework and communicate highly complex clinical information.

To maintain the records of service in line with the information needs of the North West Boroughs NHS Trust.

To provide input to health, social care and community-based services to enable best practice and service user choice in line with local service accessibility. This may include inpatient environments, specialist departments, general practices, health centres, local day centres, and residential and nursing homes.

To manage frequent exposure to highly distressing and emotional circumstances, and maintain substantial mental effort through frequent and intense levels of concentration and attention.


To support the formulation and implementation of clinical and operational practices and procedures as appropriate.

Support the implementation, monitoring and updating of an operational policy and philosophy for the clinical area.

Ensure the principles of clinical governance are incorporated in service delivery by maintaining a high quality service based on agreed clinical standards.

Participate in managerial supervision.


To assist the supervision of Assistant Psychologists within the service

To receive appropriate clinical supervision to ensure quality of professional practice.

Through the personal appraisal process, to engage in professional development that ensures that Continuing Professional Development requirements are met and that eligibility for Chartering and licensed practice is both achieved and maintained.

Provide evidence to support development around the Trust Appraisal system which may include the KSF or other competency profiles.

Participate in regular supervision, engage in reflective practice and be committed to continued development.

Develop own skills and knowledge and contribute to the development of others.


To undertake appropriate service audits and assist the research and development agenda by proposing areas of study appropriate to advancing the nature of psychological work within this service specialty.

To undertake regular audit and evaluation of the team’s activity by the derivation, collection and analysis of appropriate data.

Undertake and participate in appropriate audit, quality assurance programmes and research as directed.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registration with Health Professions Council as Practising Psychologist (to be maintained)


Essential criteria
  • Experience during training of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience during training 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, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Doctoral level knowledge (or its equivalent) of research design and methodology, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.


Essential criteria
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented


Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical &/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional groups.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantVeteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)CTP The Ministry of Defence partnering with Right ManagementStep into health

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sally Craven
Job title
Principal Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
01744 457278

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