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Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
MFT's Employee Health and Wellbeing (EHW) service provides specialist advice and support regarding employee health and mental health issues, to MFT employees and managers as well as to a variety of external clients. The EHW Service continues to provide an efficient, highly professional and cost-effective servicewhilst focusing activity on meeting the common challenges faced by a large Acute NHS Trust we now look after over 28,000 employees making us the biggest Trust in the UK.

To further develop our multidisciplinary team, we are seeking to recruit a Specialist Clinical Psychologist to join our Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (PWMHS). We are looking for a professional with proven expertise in Clinical Psychology who has a passion for improving and supporting employee health (both mental and physical health) and an interest in and experience with working with trauma. The post-holder will work alongside our expert colleagues to deliver high-quality services which are fully integrated within the wider EHW Service model.

The EHW Service is a multidisciplinary team comprising of Senior Managers, Fitness for Work Advisers, Clinic Nurses, Psychotherapists, Clinical Psychologists, Psychological Therapists, Consultant Psychiatrist, Consultant OH Physician, Physiotherapists and Public Health Specialists. Working together with our Service Support team, our main priority is to create a dynamic approach to maximise employee health, wellbeing and productivity

Main duties of the job

The post holder must be a qualified Clinical Psychological Practitioner and able to demonstrate that they can work at a senior level. The post holder will have a passion for occupational health and psychology in the workplace, acting as a specialist, clinician, educator, adviser and advocate.

Working in close collaboration with the Assistant Director, Clinical Lead Psychologist, Head of Fitness for Work Services and the wider EHW team, the role will support the development and implementation of strategic plans to further enhance the EHW service. They will provide specialist clinical expertise to support the delivery of innovative, progressive and value-adding services which are safe, efficient, effective and responsive to internal and external demands. The role will help to empower our managers and staff to have confidence and capability when considering the impact of health at work. Acting as a change agent and role model, to ensure good working relationships and a positive psychological wellbeing and mental health at work culture.

The role will actively contribute to the development of multidisciplinary pathways and the wider OH profession, raising the profile and impact of the Employee Health and Wellbeing Service, both internally and externally.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This Specialist Clinical Psychology job is full time but applicants choosing to work 0.8 wte (30hrs) will also be considered.

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • oDiploma, masters, doctoral degree or equivalent accepted by the British Psychological Society as qualifying the person to work as a Clinical Psychologist
  • oRegistration / Eligibility for registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council


  • oPre or Post-qualification CPD relating to health psychology
  • oClinical Supervision qualification
  • oPost-qualification training in a specific therapeutic modality.
  • oTraining in delivering evidence- based Trauma Focussed Therapies.
  • oTraining in delivering Mindfulness techniques and groups.

Knowledge & Experience


  • oExperience of working as qualified Clinical Psychologist for at least 18 months
  • oExperience of working autonomously as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • oExperience of teaching, training, and professional and clinical supervision
  • oExperience of consulting with health care and other professionals.
  • oKnowledge of statistics, research, information analysis and research techniques
  • oKnowledge of current employee health and wellbeing issues
  • oExperienced in research activity
  • oExperience in audit
  • oExperience in report writing
  • oExperience of working in challenging environments when dealing with a range of clients and stakeholders
  • oExperience of team working and collaboration


  • oExperience of working in a Health Psychology setting
  • oExperience of working with chronic health conditions and pain management
  • oExperience in working in developing services.
  • oExperience in delivering teaching and training
  • oExperience of developing and delivering strategic psychological wellbeing initiatives and programmes
  • oBroad understanding of Occupational Health / Employee Health and Wellbeing issues

Skills & Abilities


  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention, and management
  • oAbility to integrate psychological theories and outcome data with clinical practice and service provision
  • oAbility to represent psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care
  • oAbility to work with people from different backgrounds, cultures and of different ages.
  • oAbility to cope with stressful interpersonal situations including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of physical abuse.
  • oAbility to manage own distress when working with significant trauma and distress.
  • oAbility to engage and influence key internal and external stake-holders
  • oAnalyse and interpret complex data/statistics/research results
  • oStrong organisational skills
  • oSelf-motivated and able to manage own workloads while completing competing tasks
  • oAbility to work autonomously and within professional standards
  • oAbility to lead and support projects, whilst able to prioritise completing business as usual tasks
  • oHigh level ability to communicate effectively at both written and orally
  • oAbility to deal with clinically sensitive data whilst maintaining client confidentiality
  • oAbility to work on own initiative unsupervised and independently whilst working as part of a wider multi-disciplinary team
  • oAbility to perform efficiently and effectively whilst under pressure
  • oAbility to undertake audit
  • oStrong IT skills e.g. Microsoft packages, Excel, Word, PowerPoint


  • oExperience of teaching and mentoring
  • oExperience of using OH IT systems



  • oCommitment to achieving personal, departmental, and organisational objectives
  • oInnovative and creative when looking for solutions
  • oFlexibility in working arrangements
  • oPersistent and resourceful
  • oTeam player
  • oAble to adapt approach to meet needs of audience

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Trust Headquarters, Cobbett House,

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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