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Senior Assistant Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
17 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking full-time Band 5 Assistant Psychologists to support with the development and delivery of the Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) service across Greater Manchester.

The role will involve undertaking psychological assessments, developing psychological formulations and delivering individual psychological interventions, to a cohort of community offenders sentenced to community orders and subject to a Primary Care Mental Health Treatment Requirement order. The role will involve providing psychological interventions for depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders and neurodiverse needs.

This post is placed in a challenging but rewarding environment and we are seeking Senior Assistant Psychologists with strong clinical and interpersonal skills who can manage and respond to the dynamic needs of the team, the client group and the environment, to ensure that provision is accessible and appropriate.

Main duties of the job

To undertake psychological assessments of clients including semi-structured clinical interviews, psychometric tests, self-report measures, rating scales, and both direct and indirect structured observations, under the supervision of a qualified psychologist.

To assist in the formulation and delivery of evidence-based psychological interventions, under the supervision of a qualified professional psychologist.

To work closely with other key professionals involved in offender care and management to improve psychological well-being and reduce the risk of harm.

To assist in developing specific plans for ongoing recommendations and to support the delivery and signposting of these where appropriate.

To contribute to the development and delivery of training packages on the MHTR service and common mental health problems.

To work alongside offenders, probation practitioners, the wider court user group and Community Health and Justice staff team, to reduce the risk of reoffending and enhance the provision of a safe environment.

To, where appropriate, support the team in the design, delivery, review and evaluation of the MHTR service. This will include co-facilitating aspects of the service and completing pre-and post follow up evaluations and documentation where required.

To contribute to effective risk assessment and management strategies that ensure liaison with all relevant stakeholders in an individual's care, and service user involvement where possible.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over 6,400members 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

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 Discounts

Person Specification



  • Education/Qualifications
  • Membership of BPS


  • graduate level PWP qualification



  • 2 years post degree experience
  • Previous AP experience
  • Experience of working with people with mental health difficutlies
  • Community or forensic experience
  • Delivering 1:1 psychological interventions


  • Experience of working in a criminal justice setting i.e. probation, courts, prison etc.
  • Experience of working with community offenders
  • Experience of working in a trauma informed environment
  • Service development, evaluation, audit and/or research



  • Knowledge of factors that contribute to offending behavior and complex presentations
  • Knowledge of evidence-based interventions for working with complex presentations and mental health difficulties.
  • Knowledge of relevant risk assessment tools and risk management frameworks
  • Working collaboratively with service users and others involved in their care


  • Awareness of neurodiversity needs of the offender population



  • High level organisational and communication skills (written and verbal).
  • IT skills
  • Use own initiative
  • Work collaboratively with others
  • Communicate sensitive risk information to others
  • To show resilience within a challenging working environment
  • Good presentation skills
  • Engage in clinical supervision effectively
  • Undertake audit and service evaluation projects



  • ability to travel

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


April House

104 Fairfield Street


M1 2WR

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