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Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
CAMHS has a long history of providing services to children with severe learning disabilities and complex presentations of autism, as well as working closely with the networks around young people and their families, including schools, local authority and other agencies. The postholder will lead a small specialist team in Salford CAMHS providing assessment, intervention and support to this population.

You will closely link with clinicians and managers across MFT CAMHS, and be a key lead in contributing to innovative delivery of psychological services for the whole service. MFT CAMHS have been at the forefront of many national developments for CYP mental health, including research trials, development of innovative targeted teams, CYP-IAPT and i-THRIVE, and you will be part of continuing this innovation for the city of Salford.

The postholder must demonstrate excellent working relationships with Children's Services, Community Health, Education, Parent Carer fora and other partner agencies as required.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will be responsible for organising the CAMHS community group offer in Salford (including Riding the Rapids (RTR), and Steps for Sleep) and working alongside RTR group champions in Manchester and Trafford. They will co-ordinate the Salford CAMHS community offer around Positive Behaviour Support and link with the lead of the CAMHS CSU Intensive Support Service as appropriate. The post holder will coordinate the CAMHS consultation and training offer to SEND in Salford, and represent Salford CAMHS on city wide boards e.g. the Salford Local Offer Review Board and Short Breaks Panel.

The postholder will lead/work alongside the neurodevelopmental pathway leads in the team and and contribute to the CAMHS autism assessment and intervention pathways in Salford.

The post holder will have extensive experience in working with young people with Learning Disability and Autism in a CAMHS setting. They will have excellent skills in assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation, including skills in functional analysis and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). The postholder will also have experience of supervision, training, consultation and service development and will be expected to work closely both with local leads in Salford CAMHS and report to the CAMHS CSU Director of Psychological Services (Band 9) and CAMHS CSU Strategic Lead for Learning Disabilities and Autism (Band 8d).

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



  • oMasters, doctoral degree or equivalent accepted by the British Psychological Society as qualifying the person to work as a Clinical Psychologist oOr equivalent core professional qualification (e.g. Nursing, Social Work) along with additional post-graduate level qualification in approved professional therapeutic training (Masters Level or above)


  • oAppropriate Supervision qualification



  • oProven experience of working as a Clinical Psychologist/Equivalent Psychological Professional qualification), including working with young people with learning disabilities and autism


  • oExperience of multi-professional management of teams or services in CAMHS.



  • oExperience of joint working with other statutory, voluntary or private sector organisation in relation to complex cases involving young people with disabilities and/or autism.
  • oExperience of innovative service development in CAMHS
  • oExperience in assessment, formulation and therapeutic work with children and families across the age range with a full range of presenting problems but particularly children and young people who are in extreme distress and who show their distress in behaviour that others find difficult to manage.


  • oExperience of strategic management of an area of the service



  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management in work with children with learning disabilities and/or autism and families.
  • oDemonstrable expertise in utilising psychometric assessments relevant to the LD and Autism populations.
  • oHighly developed skills in the management of complex cases and young people presenting with risk.

Education and Training


  • oExperience of teaching, training and supervision of psychological practitioners and staff from other professional groups in psychological skills and concepts.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Salford CAMHS


M6 5FX

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