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Senior Trial Therapist - Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Leyland, PRESTON
£50,952 to £57,349 Pro Rata - Per annum
Closing date
4 Jan 2024
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is now established as a part of the Government's strategy, 'Best Research for Best Health'. It is committed to establishing the NHS as an internationally recognised centre of research excellence through supporting outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

The NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) fund ambitious, collaborative, multidisciplinary programmes of applied research to solve health and social care challenges which have clear and identifiable patient benefits. The PROSPECT study is funded by an NIHR (PGfAR) to enhance access to Cognitive Behavioural Suicide Prevention (CBSP) therapy for suicidal men detained in prison, and to evaluate its clinical and cost effectiveness.

The lead investigator of the PROSPECT study is Dr Dan Pratt.

You must have been in the UK for 12 months prior to applying for this post and be able to provide a 6 year address history to be able to complete the prison clearance.

Main duties of the job

The main purpose of these posts is to provide access to CBSP therapy to men detained in prison who have been identified as at risk of suicide and have been recruited into the PROSPECT study. A course of up to 20 sessions of CBSP, with sessions lasting up to 1 hour on a once or twice weekly basis.

The therapy is based on a detailed manual, and you will receive training prior to treating patients in the trial and close supervision (group and individual) during the trial. The post holder will be expected to treat patients to an exceptionally high standard and to contribute to process evaluation that will be conducted alongside the RCT.

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.

This is a unique opportunity to develop specialised treatment skills and to participate in a National Institute of Health Research funded evaluation of a new treatment for men detained in prison who are at risk of suicide.

This vacancy is offered on a full time 12-month fixed term basis.

Job description

Job 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

Education & Qualifications


  • Postgraduate / Doctorate level training in applied psychology (Clinical/ Forensic/ Counselling Psychology) as approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), and registered with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist or BABCP accreditation as a CBT therapist



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients within adult mental health care settings
  • Demonstrable post-qualification experience
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of providing cognitive-behavioural approaches to clients with severe mental health problems



  • Shows evidence of knowledge and expertise into the issues of providing psychological therapy to patients with severe mental health problems at risk of suicide

Skills & Abilities


  • Evidence of high level of general clinical skills
  • Ability to work creatively, co-operatively, reliably and consistently both as an independent practitioner and in multi-disciplinary and team settings
  • Ability to prepare and present research reports and presentations

Other Requirements


  • The job holder must be assessed by Occupational Health as having a level of fitness to carry out duties/tasks after reasonable adjustments under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 have been made.

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


HMP Garth and Wymott

Ulnes Walton La,

Leyland, PRESTON

PR26 8NE

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