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Senior Clinical Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year n/a
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are delighted to invite applications for 2 senior psychologists for Salford adult inpatient services based at Meadowbrook Unit. Following significant investment in inpatient Psychology provision trust-wide, we are recruiting 2 x 0.6 wte 8a or band 7-8a preceptorship Clinical Psychologists. We are pleased to be able to offer these posts to individuals already working in an 8a capacity or those who are seeking development opportunities from a band 7-8a (on achievement of agreed competencies). We would welcome applications from Trainee Clinical Psychologists due to qualify in 2023. We would be open to discussion around how the time is divided between the two available posts.

Working as part of the psychology team and broader MDT, the postholders will provide a clinical psychology service to the 3 adult acute wards and 1 psychiatric intensive care unit in Salford. You will be well supported by and work closely with the service's principal inpatient Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Psychologists to deliver the highest quality clinical psychology service to the inpatient wards where you will be based. Each ward is staffed by a full multidisciplinary team who always put service user care at the heart of their practice and work on a model of trauma-informed, least restrictive practice. You will work with them to ensure that the psychological needs of service users and staff are understood and met.

Main duties of the job

Working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, you will find every day exciting. Your role will be varied and stimulating and will include a mix of direct and indirect work. You will support the teams to develop formulations to support care, contribute to staff training and supervision of delivery of brief psychological interventions. Direct work will include psychological assessments, formulations, and interventions, both on a one-to-one basis and group format. As part of the clinical team on the wards you will work with ward managers, occupational therapists, nurses and doctors to ensure that inpatient admissions are therapeutic and support each person's recovery. You will supervise the work of the unit's Assistant Psychologists in delivering group and structured individual sessions.

With great links to the local universities, other services in the division and training courses you will have good CPD and research opportunities and plenty of chances to develop your career. We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic individual who is committed to delivering the best possible to care to people at the time of their greatest need.

About us

GMMH is a provider of inpatient, rehabilitation and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan. The Trust provides a range of specialist services including prison in reach across the North of England, a specialist centre for mental health and deafness, adolescent inpatient and forensic services, CAMH services in Wigan and Bolton, adult forensic services, substance misuse services and inpatient perinatal mental health care.

We are aspiring to ensure our workforce is representative of the diverse communities that we serve, and we are strongly committed to removing barriers to employment for candidates from under-represented groups, for example BAME, Disabled and LGBTQIA+ communities.

The trust serves a population of 1.2 million people, the Trust employs around 6,400 people who make a difference across 160 locations. The Mental Health Needs Index (or MINI) ranks Manchester PCT as having the fifth highest level of mental health need in England.

GMMH is one of the most active research trusts in the UK, with a large contingent of clinical psychology researchers led by a clinical psychology research director. This puts our staff and service users at the leading edge of new mental health therapies. The Trust has links with a number of local universities where staff can become involved in teaching and research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for the promotion of high-quality psychology services to patients with severe and complex mental health problems within Meadowbrook Hospital. This is to be achieved directly, by face-to-face individual and group clinical work with service users, carers and families. There will also be a strong emphasis on indirect work by collaboration and consultation with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, service development work, training and supervision of junior psychology and non-psychology staff as appropriate. They will supervise clinical psychology Doctorate Programme trainees when they are on placement in the service.

They will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. The post holder will utilise research skills for audit, policy and research within the area served by the teams / service.

Please refer to uploaded job description for more detail of responsibilities.

See attached detailed job description and person specification:

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



  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology, (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), as accredited by the BPS.
  • Eligibility to register as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.


  • Further post-qualification training in a specific therapeutic modality



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of those with psychological difficulties across a full range of care settings
  • Experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems
  • Experience in risk assessment, formulation and management of risk.
  • Experience of working within and contributing to a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of providing supervision, training and consultation


  • Experience of working within an inpatient setting
  • Experience of contributing to the supervision of clinical psychology trainee(s)



  • Up to date knowledge of the needs of people with severe and enduring mental health problems including complex emotional and relational needs.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to clients with complex, severe and enduring mental health problems including Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.


  • Attendance at a DClinPsy Introduction to Supervision Courses



  • Ability to work with service users, carers and families to engage with their needs and provide them with appropriate psychological support and intervention, adapting these interventions as needed.
  • Skills in providing consultation (including formulation) to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Well developed, effective communication skills, both orally and in writing,
  • Ability to prioritise work, operate a waiting list, meet short deadlines and an unpredictable work pattern that requires regular revision of plans.
  • Ability to sit in constrained position for client therapy, testing and for computer work.
  • Ability to work at a high level of professional autonomy and responsibility, in a collaborative multi-disciplinary environment and also as a lone worker in circumstances where there may be exposure to verbal and sometimes physical aggression
  • Ability to use own initiative and to work under supervision where appropriate.
  • Ability to provide rapid psychological assessment and brief psychological interventions. Especially in the management of risk.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.


  • Ability to demonstrate an area of special interest/skill in therapeutic intervention



  • There is an occasional requirement to travel across the wide footprint of the Trust to attend meetings and events relevant to the role.
  • Ability to work towards goals agreed at Individual Appraisal with the Service Manager
  • Ability to work to professional guidelines.

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Meadowbrook Unit

Stott Lane


M6 8HG

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