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Assistant Psychologist - Research

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Full Time
The post-holder will join a dynamic forward-thinking CAMHS CSU that contributes to strategic developments and innovation across Greater Manchester and beyond. The Assistant Psychologist in Research will support the delivery of the BAY: Behavioural Activation for Young people with depression in specialist child and adolescent mental health services research study (NIHR132808). The study aims to examine the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and acceptability of an intervention called Behavioural Activation (BA) and treatment as usual (TAU) versus TAU + psychoeducation (PE) in newly referred depressed adolescents in specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Training will be provided covering all trial activities including the trial protocol, screening and recruitment, trial database data entry, participant randomisation and data collection procedures.

You will be expected to work independently according to an agreed plan and under supervision within the Trust's R& D framework and with the Principal Investigator for the study.

Main duties of the job

Promoting the trial to staff and service users

Managing enquires from potential recruits and/or their advocates

Developing and maintaining good links and relationships with clinicians and admin staff working in the CAMHS team where referrals are received.

Using judgement to review the patient notes of newly accepted referrals that come into the service for eligibility into the BAY trial.

Posting or emailing the Participant Information Packs (which include an expression of interest form, the relevant Participant Information Sheets, The Mood and Feelings Questionnaire and a copy of the consent/assent forms) to potentially eligible patients.

Arranging appointments to take consent and complete baseline measures with patients. Following this, updating the trial database to confirm consent.

Liaise in a sensitive manner with participants and signpost/liaise with clinicians/PI according to the trial protocol, if participants are struggling with their mental health

Liaise with appropriate multi-disciplinary team members regarding recruitment and support of research participants.

Ensure all trial activities are undertaken in adherence with the study protocol.

Supporting the reduction of attrition by carrying out telephone calls to chase-up missing outcome measure data.

Collecting data from patients notes regarding the treatment as usual they have received during the trial

Undertake qualitative interviews with parents and the young person/child

Inputting of data

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Degree in a health or social science


  • Masters level degree in health or social science



  • Significant experience of recruiting and consenting participants in healthcare settings, as well as delivering outcome measures
  • oExperience of working in a CAMHS setting (or equivalent).


  • Demonstrable administration experience
  • Experience of relevant research with children and families.



  • Knowledge of emotional disorders in children and young people.


  • Knowledge of research ethics and obtaining informed consent.
  • Knowledge of the principles of GCP
  • Knowledge of research methodologies

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, 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 (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


South Manchester CAMHS



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