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Senior Clinical/Forensic Psychologist/MHP - Trafford CAMHS for CiC

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Old Trafford
£50,952 to £57,349 a year salary dependent on current NHS spine point and experience
Closing date
30 Sep 2023
Are you a vibrant Clinical or Forensic Psychologist / Senior Mental Health Practitioner looking to join a well-established, integrated CAMHS Children in Care team working to make a real difference to the lives of young people and their caregivers? Are you seeking a more senior role with excellent supervision, support, and opportunity to develop your experience, knowledge and skills?

This post is a specialist, targeted CAMHS CiC role with a specific focus on providing a trauma-informed service to Trafford's children in residential care and those on the Edge-of-Care. Trafford currently hosts two children's residential units, one of which is complemented by an Edge-of-Care service which provides multiagency support to children and their families who are at-risk of being placed into local authority care. The partnership includes Social Care, Education, and Police working together to reduce this risk and improve outcomes. The successful candidate will form part of the multiagency partnership to provide a dedicated CAMHS service including training, consultation, advice and support, and multiagency liaison. The postholder will also contribute to multiagency care planning around risk and safeguarding, impact risk assessments, and individual mental health and risk assessment and intervention. There will be a specific focus on supporting the teams to further develop their trauma-informed, relationship-based approach to service provision.

Main duties of the job

This post sits within the well-established Trafford CAMHS for Children in Care team, with strong links into Trafford CAMHS and the wider MFT CAMHs directorate. As such you will have access to a wide range of colleagues, training, and research opportunities.

As the Senior Clinical or Forensic Psychologist / Senior Mental Health Practitioner, you will work as a team with others, including an Educational Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapist, working with the team to offer trauma, adversity and attachment-based formulation plus some direct clinical work and clinical supervision. The team emphasis is on building relationships with young people, their caregivers and networks which are much wider than traditional clinic based CAMH working relationships. For this reason, each member of the team will be able to work flexibly.

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

1. To ensure the systematic provision of a highly specialist CAMHS service to Traffords residential care and Edge-of-Care (No Wrong Door Edge of Care model) teams, delivered within the THRIVE framework, using an asset-based and resilience-building approach with young people, their caregivers, and their networks.

2. To facilitate increased psychological awareness, particularly in relation to trauma, adversity, and attachment within the team by supporting staff to recognize and address the psychological wellbeing need in this population.

3. To provide expert consultation, advice and support in formulating and understanding the distressed/troubled behaviours and presentations of clients to staff providing frontline support to children and young people in care, on the edge of care and edging towards care and their caregivers.

4. To work across agencies within Trafford to support improved pathways intomental health services for children, young people, family members andcarers as required.

5. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practicewithin the service.

6. To utilise research skills for audit, policy, and service development andresearch.

7. To provide direct highly specialised psychological assessments and interventions to young people and their carers/families as required.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more details of the job and its main 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

Training and qualification


  • Doctorate Level (or equivalent) in Clinical or Forensic Psychology OR a recognised qualification in a core profession (e.g. Nursing RMN/RSCN/RNMH or Social Work CQSW/DipSW)



  • Professional registration - HCPC registration



  • Post doctoral training in psychological therapy

Training and consultation


  • Training in clinical supervision



  • 2 years experience in CAMHS or similar



  • Case management experience



  • Joint working with non-NHS agencies



  • Mental health risk assessment and management



  • Mental health legislation and complex safeguarding



  • Community outreach

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Trafford Town Hall

Talbot Road

Old Trafford

M32 0TH

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