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Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist (Clin/Coun/Health)

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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We are seeking a passionate HCPC registered practitioner psychologist as a core member of our well-established Transplant Psychology team. You would be joining Wythenshawe Heart/Lung Transplant Unit, a national specialist centre for lifesaving heart and lung transplant operations for the whole of the North West of England. Your direct clinical work would be providing psychological care for Heart/Lung Transplant patients in both inpatient (including cardiothoracic critical care) and outpatient settings. You would also offer indirect work, via consultation to the wider multidisciplinary surgical team. There would be dedicated time for service development, research and CPD. There are strong links to local DClinPsy training programmes to offer both research and clinical placements. Your supervision would be provided by the Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Heart/Lung Transplant team, as well as regular peer supervision with a fellow Senior Clinical Psychologist in the team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will join an established psychology service within Transplant Surgery where they will provide high quality and evidence-based psychological care at Wythenshawe Hospital (MFT). They will aim to support the ongoing improvement of psychological care provided for (adult) patients, families and carers, under the care of the Transplant Surgery MDT. The post holder will carry an appropriate clinical caseload, as well as offering expert consultation and teaching/training/supervision to other members of the wider Multidisciplinary team working in Transplant Surgery.

You will have the opportunity to get involved with relevant projects e.g. groups/training etc. Opportunities to participate in service development will be available, as well as ensuring key performance targets are achieved.

The post holder will be expected to be ward based for at least half of the working week, as a core member of the Transplant surgery multi-disciplinary team.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To contribute to the service delivery and target objectives/priorities of the Transplant Surgery services, to ensure the most efficient and effective utilization and contribution of psychological knowledge and practice.
  • To undertake highly specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans in conjunction with Transplant Surgery team members for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of patients of the service and other relevant psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems. This should take into account the implications of sensory and cultural issues, and physical health needs. Methods employed are based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses. Clients may present with a range of physical and mental health difficulties.

Teaching, Training and Support:
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior practitioner psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other staffs psychological work as appropriate.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee and assistant clinical psychologists, when required.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical/counselling/health psychology, as appropriate.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

Research and Evaluation:
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
  • To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • British Psychological Society Accredited Doctoral Degree in Clinical, Counselling or Health Psychology
  • Registered with The Health & Care Professions Council as a 'Practitioner Psychologist'.


  • Training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological relevance (e.g. staff training, research methodology, and / or other fields of applied psychology)



  • Experience of working with client groups in a hospital-based physical health setting, presenting with the full range of clinical severity. This includes maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the possible threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical/counselling/health psychologist (less experienced candidates will be appointed at Band 7 and work towards 8A competencies)
  • Supervised experience (from a senior practitioner psychologist) in the application of cognitive-behavioural approaches to clinical settings (e.g. transplant medicine or general medical conditions).
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team.


  • Experience of working within Transplant Surgery environments, delivering evidenced based psychological interventions
  • Experience providing pre-surgical screening assessments



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to clients of the Transplant Surgery services, and of relevant mental health legislation.



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team and to liaise effectively with other professionals.


  • Skills in providing consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Wythenshawe Hospital


M23 9LT

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