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Clinical Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Health and Justice Psychology and Psychological Therapies Department

We are hugely excited to offer the opportunity for a practitioner psychologist or accredited senior psychological therapist to work within the recently developed Health and Justice Psychology Department, part of the Specialist Service Care Group within GMMH. The post holder will be based at HMP Manchester and will be interested in the complex needs of offenders and the development of trauma informed care.

The specifics of the role will vary dependent on the needs of the clients but will include the development of highly specialised assessment, formulation, intervention planning and therapy. The post holder would also be expected to work with a range of stakeholders to support a trauma informed understanding of the complex and wide ranging mental health and emotional well-being difficulties experienced by this client group. As such the post holder would be required to build strong working relationships with HMPPS partners to provide formulation driven understanding of service-user presentation in order to support psychologically driven care and support.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work as a core member of the multi-disciplinary mental health in-reach team (MHIT). The team comprises of multi-disciplinary professional's, including mental health nursing, psychiatry, psychology, and psychological well-being practitioners.

The post holder would be expected to work with a caseload of clients to provide detailed assessment, formulations, interventions and therapy. Additionally, the successful candidate would also be expected to provide high-quality psychological advice and support not only to the mental health team but the wider HMPPS staff and stakeholders and with forensic psychology colleagues.

There is also opportunity to support other psychological projects across the service, including working into the Specialist Intervention Unit and contributing to the wider departmental priorities.

The post holder would also be expected to work closely with other psychologists and psychological practitioner within the department who are currently working within HMP Styal, Garth, Wymott, Risley, Hindley and New Hall in order to further support the development of the PWP and Assistant psychology provision.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) is one of the leading mental health trusts in the UK.

Serving a population of 1.2million people, across one of the most exciting and affordable cities in Europe, GMMH provides community and inpatient mental health care, alongside prison in reach, substance misuse services, a specialist centre for mental health and deafness and inpatient perinatal mental health care.

The Trust employs around 5700 people, who make a difference across 130 locations. Staff at GMMH work to improve lives with a culture based on five core values:
  • We are caring and compassionate
  • We inspire hope
  • We work together
  • We value and respect
  • We are open and honest

GMMH is one of the most active research trusts in the UK, with one of the highest levels of recruitment to clinical trials for mental health.

We have been rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commission. Our substance misuse services and leadership were rated as 'Outstanding'

Job description Job responsibilities

To work with individual service users and others involved in their care to support improved psychological health and well-being.

To complete detailed and thorough psychological assessments to develop idiosyncratic and nuanced formulations considering a range of relevant factors.

To provide individual intervention, therapy or support access to other treatment; based on the needs identified within the formulation.

To contribute to the multi-professional understanding of service user presentation and support psychologically informed ways of working.

To contribute to effective risk management and ensure liaison with all relevant stakeholders involved within an individuals care.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC registered practitioner psychologist (Clinical) - or pending for those still in training or core professional qualification with additional therapy training
  • Post graduate specialist therapy training
  • Supervision training
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working within difficult and demanding environments
  • Experience of providing in depth psychological therapy with clients presenting with complex needs
  • Experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of working within custody or secure setting

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