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Senior Trial Therapist - Clinical Psychologist (the ChUSE trial)

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
19 Mar 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Part Time
The post is to work as a trial therapist as part of the ChUSE trial an innovative feasibility randomised controlled trial that aims to examine the novel offer of a brief therapeutic intervention for children with distressing sensory experiences (e.g., hearing voices, seeing visions) and a parent training programme. Both the child and parent intervention are coping skills focused, rooted in principles of cognitive therapies and compassionate mind training.

The post-holder(s) for the ChUSE trial will be based in the Complex Trauma and Resilience Research Unit (C-TRU) under the leadership of Filippo Varese, GMMH NHS Trust.

Main duties of the job

To provide a highly specialist psychological intervention in a CAMHS context across the three NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester, developed for the purposes of the ChUSE trial, drawing on therapeutic techniques associated with Compassionate Mind Training and cognitive therapies for children and young people. This will include specialist assessment, intervention, planning, implementation and the monitoring of outcomes.

To keep up to date with collecting and inputting therapy data and follow trial proceedings and follow trial proceedings.

To help with the advertising and recruitment of the trial.

To attend ChUSE-related meetings, research unit meetings, individual supervision, and additional therapy and professional development training required for the competent delivery of the ChUSE trial intervention

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. Flexible working will be considered.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job description and Spec

To provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and the ChUSE interventions for participants randomised to the therapy arms.

To deliver the ChUSE therapy in concordance with the ChUSE therapy manual, but apply flexibly to ensure therapy is individualised, culturally appropriate and formulation driven.

To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans, following local safeguarding procedures.

To contribute to the implementation of research into clinical practice.

To participate in training and clinical supervision and accept overall guidance from the clinical supervisor and line manager and chief investigator to ensure the study is conducted in a consistent and effective manner.

To liaise effectively with team members to ensure communication about all aspects of the study are maintained.

To keep and file detailed and accurate records to ensure the correct data, as required for the study, is collected and recorded.

To adhere to high standards of data recording to ensure patient confidentiality is maintained.

Please see attached 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 Discount

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent) as approved by the BPS.
  • Registered with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist or equivalent and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.


  • Experience of working in children's mental health services.



  • Demonstrable post-qualification experience.
  • Experience of delivering talking therapy with young people, drawing upon cognitive therapy principles and compassion-informed therapeutic approaches.


  • Experience in clinical research trial therapy delivery and implementing clinical research trial procedures and protocols.



  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions in a CAMHS context.
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychosis-like symptoms and a broad understanding of distressing sensory experiences through a developmental lens.
  • Good knowledge of CBT and its application OR compassionate mind training/compassion focused therapy and its application.


  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodologies (i.e., qualitative and quantitative analyses).

Skills & Abilities


  • Shows evidence of knowledge and expertise into the issues of providing psychological therapy to children, young people, and parents/carers.
  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences.

Other Requirements


  • Demonstrably respectful approach to patients, carers, colleagues and other professional contacts.

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Rawnsley Building

Oxford Road


M13 9PL

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