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Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum pro rata, dependent on experience
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Job overview

An exciting and rewarding opportunity has arisen to develop services by offering a permanent Band 7 to Band 8a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (1.0wte), Band 7 preceptorship with competency structure for progression to 8a.

We are keen to consider applications from individuals with direct perinatal experience or those seeking to develop their skills in a new and innovative role.

Come and join our expanding psychological therapies team within a passionate and friendly service.

The Specialist Perinatal Service is a well-established multidisciplinary community team providing a range of tailored approaches to meet the mental health needs of women, birthing people, and their families in the perinatal period. We were recently recognised at GMMH's Celebrating Excellence Awards.

Our core purpose is to work with women, birthing people to address their mental health needs and mitigate any impact on the unborn baby and infant. We aim to provide a timely, integrated, high quality, and effective service.

Main duties of the job

Job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will undertake initial assessments and direct therapeutic work with women/birthing people experiencing a wide range of mental health problems, often relating to complex trauma or attachment difficulties.

There are also opportunities for indirect working, including supervision, consultation, and training to both colleagues within the Specialist Perinatal Team and wider systems, including PETALS (the maternal mental health service), maternity services, perinatal IAPT, specialist psychotherapy services and parent-infant mental health services.

The post offers an incredibly supportive team working environment. The successful post holder will receive regular and consistent line management, clinical and professional supervision, and develop relationships with established psychologists and psychological therapists (family therapy, CBT, IPT) working within the service who regularly meet for ongoing CPD, discussion of clinical / professional issues and invaluable peer support. There are also opportunities for professional development and additional internal training is actively encouraged and supported.

Our service is keen to recruit people who enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary team, who are passionate, creative, adaptable, and responsive to working with and meeting the needs of women, birthing people, partners, and families during such a fundamentally important and crucial time.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members 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

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



  • Professional qualification in Clinical / Counselling Psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
  • Registration as a Clinical Psychologist / Counselling Psychologist with the HCPC


  • Post qualification training in a specialised area of psychological practice (e.g CBT, IPT, CFT, EMDR, Systemic, CAT, DBT etc)
  • Training in recognised Parent Infant Mental Health courses
  • Completed formal training in supervision



  • Experience of working as a qualified psychological therapist
  • Experience of working with client groups experiencing moderate-severe mental health problems across the life span
  • Experience of delivering structured psychological interventions to clients with complex psychological problems
  • Experience of working with trauma and providing trauma-focused psychological therapy
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of providing teaching and training


  • Experience of working in specialist perinatal services
  • Experience of working in parent-infant mental health settings, where the child is less than 2 years old



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of psychology
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups (e.g. cPTSD, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities etc)
  • Practitioner level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


  • Knowledge of policy and legislation in relation to perinatal mental health

Skills and Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in formulation of dynamic risk and development and implementation of positive risk management plans
  • Ability to organise time effectively
  • Ability to use own initiative and to work under supervision where appropriate
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team and to liaise effectively with other professionals


  • Skills in providing consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups

Other Requirements


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify, and employ as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to travel to a range of locations in a timely and efficient manner.


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Hexagon Tower

Crumpsall Vale, Blackley


M9 8GQ

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