Highly Specialist Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
3 Jan 2024

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The Trusted Relationships Service has grown from strength to strength since the original Home Office funding in 2018. Now in our second year of mainstream funding, we are looking for an enthusiastic, independent, clinician to come and work alongside our other 8 clinicians, for 2 days a week.

This is non-case holding post, clinicians do not have any direct patient contact.

Instead, you will work with Police and Social care staff to support their work safeguarding children who are at risk of extrafamilial abuse and exploitation. Based within the Complex Safeguarding teams, across Greater Manchester, the Trusted Relationships clinicians work with staff to facilitate psychological awareness, particularly in relation to trauma, by offering case-based consultation, staff support and bespoke-training.

The Trusted Relationships Service is a team within the GM Resilience Hub, and consequently clinicians have access to a range of expertise and CPD opportunities.

For a conversation about our current, part-time, vacancy please do get in touch via the contact details below.

Please be aware that being based in a Police station means it is a requirement of the post to undergo Police vetting.

Main duties of the job

Trusted Relationships clinicians are generally based in Police stations, offering a face to face service to Complex Safeguarding staff.

There are three key areas of service delivery:
  • case-based consultation, offering psychological formulations to help staff understand any number of different factors influencing the children and families they are supporting and how this might impact their relationships and approach to safeguarding.
  • bespoke training and workshops to teams and sometimes to staff across the wider complex safeguarding workforce
  • staff support, this can be one-to-one or in a group format but is developed in collaboration with the staff to meet their needs.

There are times when Trusted Relationship's clinicians my need to offer support to teams who have experienced a critical incident, however, this is done in collaboration with Clinical Lead and with the back up of the GM Resilience Hub.

Please see the Job Description for more details.

About us

The Trusted Relationships service requires highly specialist clinicians to work with a significant degree of autonomy and independence and have good levels of personal organisation. However, given the complex-nature of the work and the potential for regular exposure to traumatic material there are a lot of opportunities for support and CPD. The team has regular face-to-face and online team meetings, individual supervisions and line management, a buddy-system and also monthly compassion-focused staff support and CAT-informed supervision.

Job description

Job responsibilities

All Trusted Relationships' clinicians work part-time in to Complex Safeguarding teams and spend two days a week based at the Police station with the team. This work has relationships at it's centre and being in the Police station is key to the successful delivery of the work. For this reason all clinicians need to complete the Police vetting process so they can gain access to the Police station.

The offer of consultation, staff support and training is developed in collaboration with the Team managers and staff. The majority of Trusted Relationships input tends to be consultation about children and families, with some occasional attendance at other relevant meetings. Regular staff support may also be offered as a group or one-to-one offer. Bespoke training may also be requested from time to time. There may sometimes be a request for wider training across the ten Complex Safeguarding teams.

The role requires consultations to be written up for the staff and all activity is inputted into a spreadsheet for the clinical lead to use for report writing and service evaluation.

This work can, understandably, be very challenging at times and there is protected time every Thursday afternoon for the Trusted Relationships team to meet on line or face-to-face for a variety of team meetings and external supervision and staff support. There are multiple other forms of ad-hoc support that are available throughout the week.

The Trusted Relationships team is well established, well respected team with passionate, supportive clinicians. The work is always evolving as there is so much everyone continues to learn, both clinically and relationally and also in the process of service delivery.

Please see the Job Description for more details.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology and registration with the Health Care Professions Council OR Registered social worker or mental health nurse or HCPC registered professional with additional post graduate qualification in an evidence-based psychological therapy to Masters Level or equivalent OR Psychological therapy qualification and accreditation recognised by the Professional Standards Authority (e.g UKCP, BACP, BPC etc) to Masters Level or equivalent OR To have completed a recognised post graduate training program in CBT and to be accredited with the BABCP to Masters Level or equivalent
  • Training in the supervision of psychological therapists and/or other professionals within the MDT


  • Post-qualification training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Post-qualification training in specialist therapeutic work with children, young people and families e.g. DBT, CBT, EMDR, IPT, FT
  • Training and experience in delivering specialist therapeutic group work or support to staff



  • Previous experience of working as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist or highly specialist psychotherapist in the NHS
  • Experience of working within safeguarding teams for adults and/or children and young people
  • Experience of working with children and/or adults presenting with the full range of clinical severity across a wide range of care settings including outpatient, community and in-patient settings, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan, including caseload management
  • Experience of assessing and intervening clinically around child protection issues
  • Experience of representing psychology/psychological therapy within the context of multidisciplinary care
  • Experience of teaching multi-agency professionals including the identification of need and development of training packages
  • Experience of clinical supervision/consultancy with multiagency staff


  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified psychological therapist for a minimum of four years (with 2 years at a specialist level)
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of clinical supervision of trainee psychologists, assistants or qualified psychology staff/ other professionals within an MDT
  • Experience of service audit and/or project management within the clinical setting
  • Involvement in Service Development within adult and/or Children's Services
  • Experience of psychometric and neuropsychological assessments with young people and/or adults
  • Experience of providing staff support following serious incidents.



  • Highly specialised knowledge of mental health issues, including trauma across the lifespan
  • Highly specialised knowledge of assessment, formulation and therapeutic intervention around mental health
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of organisational development and group/team dynamics
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for children and/or adults who have experienced trauma
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Knowledge of children and/or adults with complex needs and neurodiversity
  • Knowledge of child safeguarding and familiarity with local and national child protection procedures
  • Knowledge of the systemic, developmental and psychological issues within the context of children at risk of exploitation and/or violence
  • Knowledge of a range of services typically involved with families with complex needs
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised assessment methodologies for children and young people
  • Specialist training in therapeutic approaches relevant to children and/or adults who have experienced trauma
  • Knowledge of Governmental and Strategic policies and national clinical guidance in relation to children and young people, mental health and CAMHS
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology

Skills and abilities


  • Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional in one-to-one and group settings
  • Ability to work with a range of professionals from a range of agencies
  • Ability to develop trusted relationships at all levels within an organisation including senior management.
  • Resilience when working with indirect exposure to traumatic material, not only in the material that is discussed in the Police station but also in the detailed information shared about children in case-based consultations and in the staff support sessions
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, including psychometric assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Greater Manchester Resilience Hub



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