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Principal Clinical Psychologist/Equivalent Psychological Practitioner

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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We are looking for a highly experienced Clinical Psychologist to join our innovative CAMHS team.

Manchester Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services work with Children and Young People from 5 to 18 years with a wide range of complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. You will have an integral role in developing and supporting the pathway into CAMHS. The post holder will provide clinical leadership for the delivery of our SPOA team. The postholder will offer supervision, consultation and training to members of the team.

The postholder will work closely with the District Lead Consultant Psychologist and the Senior Leadership Team. The postholder will carry a caseload and play a substantial role in developing and integrating intervention pathways.

We have strong links with Manchester Clinical Training course through supervision of trainees and teaching and an active research agenda. We encourage service innovation and value user participation. We are committed to CPD, the personal and professional development of team members and positive well-being, ensuring clinicians are able to achieve the right work-life balance.

This vacancy is with South Manchester CAMHS at The Carol Kendrick Centre.

This post is open to highly experienced Clinical Psychologists and other eligible practitioners with the appropriate qualifications/experience. Significant experience of working in the delivery of psychological services in CAMHS and eligibility for HCPC Registration is essential.

Main duties of the job

As a senior highly specialist Clinical Psychologist/Equivalent Psychological Practitioner with substantial senior clinical experience and post-qualification training, the post-holder will work alongside other senior staff to provide leadership to support the systematic delivery of a high-quality specialist clinical psychology/psychological service to children, young people and families in South Manchester, in the context of a comprehensive and integrated CAMHS.

To support the leadership team in representing clinical psychology/psychological services and CAMHS in South Manchester in multiagency development groups relating to community and primary care services. To support the leadership team in non-clinical activity by proposing and implementing policy changes for South Manchester CAMHS.

Effective working relationships are essential at all levels and with multiple stakeholders, in South Manchester CAMHS (with core colleagues and those in specialist/targeted CAMHS), Children's Services, Community Health, Education and other partner agencies.

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

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



  • Registered/accredited with the British Psychological Society.



  • Diploma, masters, doctoral degree or equivalent accepted as qualifying the person to work as a clinical psychologist.
  • Eligibility for BPS Chartered status


  • Post doctoral training course in an area of specialist practice



  • Significant Experience of working as a specialist child clinical psychologist in CAMHS.
  • Experience in assessment and therapeutic work with children and families across the age range with a full range of presenting problems and across settings including community, outpatient and clinic settings.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment independently and within a multidisciplinary and multiagency context.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.


  • Working knowledge of professional systems involved in work with young people, both in specialist hospital and community settings.
  • Experience in working in developing services.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability


  • Knowledge of legislation and national guidance in relation to the needs of children and young people.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management in work with children and families
  • Ability to integrate psychological theories and outcome data with clinical practice and service provision
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds, cultures and of different ages
  • Ability to cope with stressful interpersonal situations including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.


  • Enhanced skills in assessment and intervention of young people with neurodevelopmental disorders

Education and Supervision


  • Experience in designing, planning and undertaking clinical research and service evaluation.
  • Experience in teaching and training staff from other professional groups in psychological skills and concepts.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision of assistant psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists

Personal attributes/work related circumstance


  • A commitment to undertake further relevant training and self-directed study.
  • A commitment to the inclusion of young people's, parent/carer views in service delivery, development and design
  • Ability to travel across the MFT footprint

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


South Manchester CAMHS, The Carol Kendrick Centre

Stratus House, Southmoor Road


M23 9XD

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