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Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist

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

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This is an excellent opportunity to support specialist HIV services at the Hathersage Centre based at the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MFT) to strengthen their commitment to offering high quality holistic care to service users living with or affected by HIV. You will work as an integrated member of the HIV MDT providing an expert psychological care model (including neuropsychological assessments).

Main duties of the job

For 8A appointment: You will have gained post qualification experience in physical health settings (ideally you will have experience working with in a HIV setting and be familiar with the complex issues arising) as well as a familiarity and commitment to working with a medical multidisciplinary team as well as inpatient/outpatient and community settings. Band 7 appointment considered for less experienced candidates.

You will work as an independent Practitioner Psychologist with your own clinical case load as well contribute to staff consultation, research and multidisciplinary work.

The post holder will be supported and supervised by a senior Clinical Psychologist working in related Physical Health services. You will have appropriate access to in-house and specialist CPD. Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust are the host trust and the postholder will be employed under a service level agreement that exists with Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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 Person Specification for details.

Staff Benefits
  • 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



  • oProfessional qualification in Clinical/Counselling/Health Psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • oRegistration as a clinical/counselling/health psychologist with the HCPC


  • oTraining in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological relevance (e.g. staff training, research methodology, and / or other fields of applied psychology)



  • oExperience of working with client groups in a physical health setting, presenting with the full range of clinical severity. This includes maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the possible threat of physical abuse. Less experienced candidates will be offered a preceptorship development role and commence at Band 7 whilst working towards 8A competencies.
  • oExperience of working as a qualified clinical/counselling/health psychologist
  • oExperience in the application of cognitive-behavioural approaches to clinical settings
  • oExperience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment.
  • oExperience of working within a multidisciplinary team.


  • oExperience of working within medical/surgical environments, delivering evidenced based psychological interventions to clients with physical health conditions such as HIV.
  • oExperience of providing supervision and training



  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.


  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to clients of the HIV service, and of relevant mental health legislation
  • oFormal training in supervision of other psychologists



  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team and to liaise effectively with other professionals.


  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups.



  • oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.


  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework.

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Manchester Royal Infirmary

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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