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Senior Assistant Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Pro rata (0.5 WTE)
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Part Time
Applications are invited for a 0.5 WTE Band 5 Senior Assistant Psychologist for 12 months in the first instance, within GMMH NHS FT. The successful candidate must be able to start in post on 01/09/2024

In this NIHR-funded programme of research, Prof Daniel Freeman and team at the University of Oxford have created a new six-month guided online programme for the treatment of persecutory delusions called Feeling Safer. Users can access Feeling Safer whenever they choose via smartphone/computer/or tablet. A range of mental health workers can support the delivery of the treatment over six months. Six face-to-face sessions will be reserved for going out with patients into everyday situations to relearn safety. By providing Feeling Safe in an accessible version across the NHS, we aim to achieve substantially improved outcomes for the large number of people with persecutory delusions who have not responded sufficiently to current treatment.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the research team that is evaluating Feeling Safer via a multi-centre randomised controlled trial treating patients diagnosed with psychosis and with a current persecutory delusion. Patients will be randomised to one of four conditions (1) Feeling Safer + treatment as usual, supported by peer support workers, (2) Feeling Safer + treatment as usual, supported by assistant psychologists, (3) Feeling Safer + treatment as usual, supported by a clinical psychologist providing CBT therapy, (4) treatment as usual.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have a good honours degree in Psychology with experience of psychological research, and experience working as an assistant psychologist/research assistant with clients who experience mental health difficulties. Strong interpersonal, communication and organisational abilities are essential, as are the abilities to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues. The post will involve frequent travel around Greater Manchester to meet with participants. No previous experience delivering therapy is required as extensive training and support will be offered, as well as weekly individual supervision from a Clinical Psychologist and regular meeting opportunities with other Senior Assistant Psychologists at other trial sites.

The main duties are:
  • To work with participants who experience psychosis to complete the specialist CBT intervention (Feeling Safer) in line with the intervention manual and study protocol.
  • To produce clinical reports about participants' engagement with the intervention.
  • To attend clinical supervision with a Clinical Psychologist, as well as study team meetings and training sessions.
  • To maintain and manage databases and update participants' medical records with details of therapy sessions.
  • To ensure the blind is retained (i.e., ensuring that research assistants are not aware of participants' treatment allocations).

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over7000members 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

See attached detailed 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



  • An upper second-class honours degree (2.1) or higher in psychology.


  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis.



  • Experience of working as an assistant psychologist / research assistant or equivalent
  • Experience of working with people with psychosis, people at high risk of developing psychosis, bipolar or personality disorders, or other vulnerable client groups
  • Experience of working independently and liaising with other healthcare workers
  • Experience of psychological research


  • Experience of working in a research setting and/or recruiting to a research trial



  • Knowledge regarding psychological approaches to psychosis and other serious mental health problems.
  • Knowledge of abnormal psychology and CBT


  • Knowledge of clinical trials methodology and experimental psychology.

Skills and abilities


  • High level interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
  • Ability to engage patients having experiences such as paranoia, hearing voices, anxiety, and depression, to encourage participants to engage in the Feeling Safer intervention
  • An interest in psychological approaches to understanding and treating psychosis
  • Basic analytic skills and experience of data entry, cleaning and organisation of files.
  • Ability to work independently and show initiative when appropriate

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


The Psychosis Research Unit: Rico House (c/o Prestwich Site, GMMH NHS FT)

George Street


M25 9WS

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