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Principal Clinical Psychologist - Inpatients

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023
We are delighted to invite applications for a new, full time, principal clinical psychologist for North Manchester adult inpatient services. This post offers the opportunity be part of the leadership of a new inpatient psychology service. Leading a team of 2 senior and 3.5 assistant psychologists you will work to provide an excellent psychological service to 6 inpatient wards in North Manchester. You will work closely with onsite consultant clinical psychologist to ensure that the service meets local and national ambitions for Trauma Informed and therapeutic inpatient environments. Working with a full multidisciplinary team on the wards each day will be different. Key clinical aspects of your role will include developing team formulations, completing complex individual assessments, training and supervising ward staff and carrying a clinical caseload. You will oversee the work of the junior psychologists developing a range of group and individual activities.

You will be joining the service at a time of great change for North Manchester as all inpatient wards will soon be moving to a new, purpose-built building. During this exciting time the psychology service will be at the heart of developing the new clinical model for the service. With great links to the local universities you will have good CPD and research opportunities. We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and kind practitioner so please get in touch if you would like to find out more or organise a visit.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical leadership to the North Manchester inpatient psychology team and deliver a psychological service to the adult inpatient services in North Manchester The main duties will include:
  • Indirect working with clinical teams to develop psychological formulations
  • Complex assessments
  • Short term therapeutic interventions
  • Teaching and training of non psychology staff
  • Supervision and line management of junior psychology staff
  • Working with senior managers to develop psychologically informed models of care.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over 6,400 members of staff, who deliver services from more than 160 locations.

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.

As a senior psychologist you will join a community of psychologists working into inpatient services. You will be well supported by the consultant clinical lead and work as part of a team with the inpatient psychologists in across the Trust. The psychology services in GMMH have very close links with local training courses and there will be a range of CPD opportunities to support your career development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work with ward teams to formulate and deliver psychologically informed treatment plans for service users

To offer reflective spaces to ward staff to support delivery of care.

To complete a small number of complex assessments, integrating a range of information from different sources

To carry a therapy caseload providing evidenced based psychological interventions to service users.

To advise operational managers and senior clinicians on best practice in relation to the delivery of psychological interventions and psychologically informed ways of working.

To work with senior psychology colleagues and service managers to provide leadership of and strategic direction for the psychology workforce in North Manchester.

To line manage and clinically supervise junior qualified and unqualified psychology staff.

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



  • Professional qualification in Clinical Psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Current HCPC registration as a qualified Clinical Psychologist.


  • Completion of further post qualification training within psychological therapies (e.g. CAT, DBT, CFT, MBT etc.)



  • Substantial post qualification experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the life span and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across a wide range of care settings including community, outpatient and inpatient
  • Experience of providing supervision and training to psychologists, psychological therapists or other core health professions.
  • Experience of clinical leadership or heading a service and representing a service at a senior level.
  • Demonstrable post-qualification experience of working with complex health problems
  • Experience in risk assessment, formulation and management and working with people experiencing a suicidal crisis
  • Substantial experience of working within a multidisciplinary team


  • Experience of working in an inpatient setting
  • Personal experience of mental health problems
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework



  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorders, dual diagnoses etc).


  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists

Skills and Abilities


  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to provide rapid psychological assessment and brief psychological interventions. Especially in the management of risk.
  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Park House, North Manchester General Hospital

Delaunays Road, Crumpsall



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