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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
2 Oct 2023

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Band 8a Practitioner Psychologist (0.4WTE)

Band 7 preceptorship available

This new role will be embedded within the pelvic pain specialism at Wythenshawe Hospital focusing on working alongside pelvic pain specialists to help develop appropriate interventions for those individuals experiencing pain and distress following pelvic mesh insertion. You will have the opportunity to work within a highly specialist and evolving area to ensure service users benefit from a biopsychosocial approach.

We are seeking applications from established HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologists, ideally with experience in physical health (e.g. Pain services) as well as a familiarity and commitment to working within an MDT settings.

You will work as an independent Practitioner Psychologist with your own clinical case load as well contribute to staff consultation, research and multidisciplinary work. You will be supported and supervised by a senior Practitioner Psychologist. The successful candidate will have appropriate access to in-house and specialist CPD.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide a high-quality specialist practitioner psychology service to service users of the pelvic pain specialist team at Wythenshawe Hospital.

The post holder will be an active member of the pain service and will liaise across all sectors of care, providing psychological assessment and therapy for clients with complex psychological needs, offering advice and consultation on client's psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, as well as to other non-professional carers and workers of other agencies where appropriate.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team and Trust's policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and research within the area served by the teams / service.

To agree, in conjunction with Psychological Services management, the appropriate utilization of psychological resources to the teams.

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

Please see job description and person specification attached to understand more about this role and the main job duties and responsibilities that would be expected from this post.

Those with less experience may be appointed at Band 7 on a preceptorship with a development plan for rebanding at 8A when appropriate competencies have been demonstrated.

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



  • Professional qualification in Clinical/Counselling/Health Psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration as a practitioner psychologist with the HCPC.


  • 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 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)
  • Experience in the application of cognitive-behavioural approaches to clinical settings
  • Previous experience of delivering structured psychological interventions to clients with complex psychological problems.
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team.


  • Experience of working within Pain Services, delivering pain management programmes
  • Experience of providing supervision and training



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


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to clients of the pain service, 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
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to organise time effectively. Ability to use own initiative and to work under supervision where appropriate
  • 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.



  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Wythenshawe Hospital


M23 9LT

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