Skip to main content

This job has expired

Principal Clinical Psychologist 8b

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata
Closing date
30 May 2024

View more

Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
The Clinical Support Unit for CAMHS within Manchester Foundation Trust was awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission both in 2016 and 2019. This is an exciting time to join the trust to be part of the Greater Manchester footprint committed to dynamic and responsive engagement with our community. North CAMHS is constantly recognised within RMCH CAMHS as a supportive and friendly team.This is a brilliant opportunity for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to support the leadership team in delivering and developing a high quality mental health service for children, young people and those who care for them. North Manchester CAMHS work with children, young people and families aged up to 18 years who present with a wide range of complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. We are seeking to appoint a committed professional to join our experienced and highly motivated core team, based at The Bridge. The team are supported by an experienced multi-disciplinary team including Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Nurses and AHPs in a warm friendly environment where staff wellbeing is as equally valued as the high standard of patient care that we deliver.

We believe in the development of our staff and offer regular clinical and managerial supervision alongside annual appraisal to identify opportunities to take you forward in your career and enhance the care we provide.

Main duties of the job

To support the lead psychologist and others in the service in the systematic provision (including organisation and management) of a high quality specialist clinical psychology/psychological service to children in North Manchester, and across all sectors of care, in the context of a comprehensive and integrated CAMHS. Services will include specialist assessments/interventions, group work, staff training, consultation and support/provision of psychological advice, inc multiagency liaison around complex cases. To supervise/support the psychological assessment/therapy provided by other psychologists and other clinical members of the multidisciplinary teams who provide psychologically based care/treatment. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service. Take a key role along with others for carrying out departmental audit, policy and service development/service evaluation. To support and supervise departmental research programmes.

To support the leadership team in representing clinical psychology/psychological services and CAMHS within North Manchester in multiagency development groups relating to community and primary care services. To support the leadership team in non-clinical activity.

Effective working relationships at all levels within N. Man. CAMHS, Children's Services, Community Health, Education and other partner agencies will be required.

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



  • You must be registered/accredited with a professional body. HCPC



  • Diploma, masters, doctoral degree or equivalent accepted by the British Psychological Society 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
  • 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 consulting with health care and other professionals.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
  • Knowledge of legislation and national guidance in relation to the needs of children and young people


  • 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 & Ability


  • 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 out come data with clinical practice and service provision
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds, cultures and of different ages
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in all contact with disadvantaged groups
  • Good skills in communicating with children, parents and colleagues
  • Ability 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 and extreme challenging behaviour


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

Education & 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
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Positive approach to own continuing professional development



  • Ability to travel across the MFT footprint
  • Ability to work flexible hours outside core hours, as required by the job

Personal Attributes


  • A commitment to undertake further relevant training and self-directed study
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required
  • Emotional stamina and ability to respond constructively in highly stressful situations where individuals hold very different perspectives and there is a high level of distress, ambiguity and conflict
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in highly distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills and to articulate the value added by psychological approaches to multi-disciplinary work
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


North Manchester CAMHS - The Bridge

Unit C Madison Place, Northampton Rd


M40 5BP

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert