Senior Clinical Psychologist

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital


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Job summary

We are seeking an enthusiastic Clinical or Health Psychologist with relevant clinical experience, to join our team to provide key contributions to the delivery of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Service for Knowsley. The post holder will be working into the well-established MDT of the Knowsley Community Cardiovascular Cardiac Rehabilitation Service. This is a new post which has been created to improve psychological provision within the cardiac rehabilitation service and will initially be run as a pilot project for 18 months. We are hopeful this may lead to additional funding after the initial pilot period.

Main duties of the job

The key elements of the role will be 1-1 and group psychological therapy input; neuropsychological formulation and interventions; case formulation and care planning support to MDT colleagues; clinical supervision and training of MDT colleagues. We are also looking to recruit an assistant psychologist to work alongside the post-holder within the service.

About us

You will be joining an established Clinical Health Psychology team within the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who contribute to MDT clinical care in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD), Cardiology, Community Respiratory, Cystic Fibrosis, Critical Care and into the regional Long COVID care pathway. Clinical supervision will be provided by the Principal Clinical Psychologist, and the successful candidate will also be well supported by the wider Psychology team. You will be joining the department at a time when further exciting service developments are in progress within the Clinical Health Psychology Service. This growing Clinical Health Psychology team is led and supported by the Consultant Clinical Psychologist/ Professional Lead/ Head of Service. Ongoing developments within the team will provide a great opportunity for the consolidation and development of your skills as a clinical or health psychologist. A strong background of MDT working is essential. As an Outstanding Trust our Mission is to achieve Excellent, Compassionate and Safe care for every patient, every day.

Job description

Job responsibilities

LIVERPOOL HEART AND CHEST HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST JOB DESCRIPTION Post: Senior Clinical Psychologist (Clinical Health Psychology) (Band 8a) Hours: 37.5 hours Contract: Fixed term (18 months initially with possibility of recurrent funding) Banding:8a Accountable to: Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Clinical Health Psychology Responsible for:Attached Assistant and Trainee Clinical Psychologists or Graduate Psychologists Liaises with:Medical, nursing and supporting clinical staff as required. Professionals working in health, social services, education and the voluntary sector. Working environment: See additional information Senior Clinical Psychologist (Band 8a) Job Description 1.Main Duties and Responsibilities Clinical; To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of people referred to Clinical Health Psychology, 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 semi-structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the care of adults with psychological difficulties or emotional distress relating to physical health problems. To make judgements involving highly complex facts which require analysis, interpretation and comparison to a range of options. To formulate and implement plans of specialist psychological treatment and/or management of peoples mental health problems, based on an appropriate multi-factorial and multi-theoretical psychological understanding of the individual or system and employing methods based upon current evidence-based practice, across the full range of care settings. To be responsible for undertaking a range of psychological therapeutic interventions employed individually and in synthesis with individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors regarding historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group. To exercise autonomous professional judgement and responsibility for the psychological management of adults referred to Clinical Health Psychology including assessment, formulation, intervention, discharge and effective communication of these plans with referrers and other multi-agency professionals involved in the care of the person on a regular basis. To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to the multi-disciplinary formulation of appropriate therapeutic approaches or intervention plans, and be involved in, or oversee and co-ordinate specialist psychological aspects of their implementation in collaboration with other staff. To undertake psychologically based risk assessment and management and to provide advice and consultation on the psychological aspects of risk assessment and management to other professions. To provide and receive in a skilled and sensitive manner, highly complex, sensitive and sometimes contentious information concerning assessment, formulation and treatment plans in an empathic and supportive way, using the highest levels of interpersonal skills in situations which could be highly emotive and sometimes antagonistic or physically challenging. To effectively monitor the progress of both uni- and multi-disciplinary interventions To take the clinical psychology lead in specialist MDT clinics and aspects of service provision as agreed or directed by the consultant or principal clinical psychologist to whom the post holder is accountable. Policy and Service Development; To contribute to the development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the use of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit. To participate in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings and contribute to the writing of protocols and policies concerned with the delivery and development of clinical services, providing a psychological perspective as appropriate following evidence-based practice. To share responsibility with other team members for implementing service developments. To take the lead in developing an agreed specific area of service development, using a needs analysis to identify priorities, plan, implement, delivery and evaluate. To advise service, operational and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing, including proposing changes to team and professional practices and protocols. 2.Research and Development / Service Evaluation To remain informed of and critically evaluate relevant current research. To promote this perspective within the MDT, by maintaining and promoting a research ethos particularly with regard to evidencebased practice and rigorous methodology for audit and evaluation. To undertake appropriate service relevant research, as agreed with the Head of psychology, and to provide research advice to other staff undertaking research where relevant. To undertake project management including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within physical health services to help develop service provision both within and beyond psychology. To use professional journals and conferences (national and where appropriate, international) in order to disseminate own and collaborative research and reviews of service developments. To support the medical teams to develop and promote research within the MDT. 3.Professional and Advisory To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the professional and operational line manager and within the KSF, BPS, HPCP and CPD best practice guidance and requirements. To prepare for and attend an Annual Review / Personal Development Plan (PDP) with the Clinical Psychologist line manager. To provide evidence of CPD undertaken e.g. in the form of a CPD log book. To collaboratively set aims and objectives and systemically monitor progress. To maintain the highest standards of record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society, HPCP, and Trust policies and procedures. To be aware of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to specialist area of function and mental health. To attend Clinical Psychology meetings and contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the specialist area of physical health appointed to, or across areas of the Trust as directed by the head of clinical health psychology. To do this by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines. 4.Teaching, Training and Supervision In common with all clinical psychologists to receive regular clinical supervision and professional management, according to good practice guidelines, from a consultant clinical psychologist and where appropriate clinical or peer supervision from other professional colleagues. To develop further skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision of the psychological work of other MDT members, as appropriate. To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee and assistant psychologists including holding clinical responsibility for the caseload of trainee clinical psychologists. To contribute to the pre and post qualification teaching of clinical psychology, as appropriate. To provide highly specialist advice, consultation and training to staff working with patients/carers across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate. To develop skills in the area of professional pre- and post-graduate training and further develop skills in clinical supervision.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Doctoral knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex data analysis as practiced within the clinical field of psychology.
  • Demonstrable experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of people with physical health conditions across the full range of care settings.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course and presenting with 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 possible physical aggression.
  • Experience of working clinically to address psychological issues arising from physical health conditions and/or their treatment.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the British Psychological Society and HCPC.
  • Attendance at a formal training programme in supervision of trainee Clinical Psychologists.
  • Experience of teaching, training and / or supervision of Assistants or other professionals.


  • Experience of highly specialist working with peoplewith physical health conditions such as cardiac or respiratory conditions, or with cognitive deficit as a result of physical health presentations.
  • Record of having published in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to people with physical health conditions and mental health.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in those groups with complex presentations e.g. dual diagnoses, specific health conditions such as Cardiac or respiratory conditions.
  • Post-graduate experience of working within a clinical health setting addressing psychological issues arising from chronic physical health conditions and/or its treatment.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from a HCPC accredited postgraduate training course.
  • Registered with the HCPC.


  • Prequalification training and qualifications in research methodology staff training and / or other fields of applied psychology.

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.

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Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Thomas Drive



L14 3PE

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For help with your application, contact:

Dawn Tully


Date posted

20 October 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a




Fixed term


18 months

Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

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Job locations

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Thomas Drive



L14 3PE

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