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Principal Practitioner Psychologist - Haematology

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 pro rata per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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The Clinical Haematology Team at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MFT) is looking for an experienced/motivated HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join their multi-professional team.The successful applicant will be leading in the development and delivery of the new Infected Blood Support Service (IBSS) and will work closely with national and regional partners in other IBSS. Additionally they will work with haemophilia patients who are eligible to access a new gene therapy (on a managed access agreement).

The successful applicant will offer expert psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and consultation.

You will be supported to maintain and develop your skills and will be expected to provide clinical supervision e.g. to MDT colleagues and trainee psychologists. You will work collaboratively with the multiprofessional team to contribute to service developments/research/innovation to provide the highest quality of care in both areas.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality/highly specialised psychology service to those eligible in both areas (IBSS/Gene therapy).
  • To be a highly specialist resource on psychological care to IBSS/Gene therapy and to coordinate/contribute to providing education/training/supervision activities to enhance psychological support and treatment across the service.
  • To collaborate with national and regional partners in the development of the service.
  • To use research skills for needs assessment, audit, evaluation, service development and other research activity to support continued development of the service. To propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the team/service.
  • To apply highly specialist expertise, gained post-qualification, in psychological treatment and research to clinical work and leadership in evaluation and research.
  • To supervise junior staff as required.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of Trust policies and procedures.

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



  • British Psychological Society Accredited Doctoral Degree in Clinical or Counselling Psychology
  • Registered with The Health & Care Professions Council as a 'Practitioner Psychologist'
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional areas of psychological practice
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists


  • Training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological relevance (e.g. staff training, research methodology, and / or other fields of applied psychology)
  • Training in leadership and/or management skills



  • Considerable experience of working as a clinical/counselling psychologist in physical health settings across the whole life course, presenting with the full range of clinical severity. This includes maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the possible threat of physical abuse.
  • Considerable experience in assessment and therapeutic work with adults with mental health/psychological needs in the context of physical health problems
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team and representing professional psychology in multidisciplinary settings
  • Experience of providing supervision (professional / clinical), teaching and / or training.


  • Experience of working within medical environments (ideally specialities with haematology involvement), delivering evidenced based psychological interventions.
  • Experience of assessment and therapeutic work with adults with trauma presentations
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the relevant field of applied psychology.
  • Evidence of CPD as recommended by HCPC, BPS & KSF
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
  • Knowledge of structure and provision of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Health Care in the NHS
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to clients of the Haematology service, and of relevant mental health legislation.



  • Highly developed 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.
  • 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.



  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Manchester Royal Infirmary


M13 9WL

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