Clinical Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Leigh, Greater Mancherster
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Based at Atherleigh Park within our state of the art £40 million mental health hospital, we are looking to recruit a very enthusiastic band 8a clinical/counselling psychologist to join an existing embedded inpatient team based in the Therapy Hub. Psychology positions including an 8a for Later Life and Memory Service; 8a & 8b working into the acute & PICU wards and a number of assistant psychologists. We have an 8c Clinical Lead psychologist for the Urgent Care Pathway . We will work with our community and other urgent care pathway colleagues to offer high quality patient centred care.

Main duties of the job

The post will predominantly focus on working with the adult acute population ward based offering individual assessment, formulation, brief intervention and will offer group based interventions across the service subject to covid restrictions. The aim is to provide effective signposting and link up with other services to enhance the patient journey through our clinical pathways.

The post will also support the development of clinical care pathways through service development and evaluation.

There are opportunities for joint work via the Inpatient Therapy Hub with activity workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, physiotherapists, partner agencies and experts by experience including peer support workers.

The ward based multi-disciplinary teams are well established and have very good working alliances with psychology. The Therapy Hub will also offer you the opportunity to contribute as well as receive staff wellbeing initiatives such as mindfulness and access to a gym.

We run a training programme for staff to offers skills in brief psychological interventions such as stabilisation, resilience, crisis skills and recovery. There will be the opportunity to supervise others. The post holder will support the inpatient wards multi-disciplinary leadership teams and have a keen interest in service/team development.

These posts offer varied work experiences across a range of competencies, within a supportive team.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) is one of the leading mental health trusts in the UK.

Serving a population of 1.2million people, across one of the most exciting and affordable cities in Europe, GMMH provides community and inpatient mental health care, alongside prison in reach, substance misuse services, a specialist centre for mental health and deafness and inpatient perinatal mental health care.

The Trust employs around 5700 people, who make a difference across 130 locations. Staff at GMMH work to improve lives with a culture based on five core values:
  • We are caring and compassionate
  • We inspire hope
  • We work together
  • We value and respect
  • We are open and honest

GMMH is one of the most active research trusts in the UK, with one of the highest levels of recruitment to clinical trials for mental health.

We have been rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commission. Our substance misuse services and leadership were rated as 'Outstanding'

Job description Job responsibilities

  • responsible for the systematic provision of specialist psychological services for people suffering primarily from complex mental health problems
  • to provide services that meet the agreed service priorities consonant with practitioner experience and expertise
  • the development and implementation of specialist psychological assessment and intervention strategies including clinical casework
  • provision of consultancy work generally for the assurance of quality in the use of psychological methods by other team members
  • to ensure appropriate supervision and professional development is a core theme in practice.

We are aspiring to ensure our workforce is representative of the diverse communities that we serve, and we are strongly committed to removing barriers to employment for candidates from under-represented groups, for example BAME, Disabled and LGBT+ communities. If you would like to have an informal chat about the recruitment process for this role or would value some additional support, wed love to hear from you. Please contact Denise Gleave, Recruitment & Retention Advisor 0161 358 1448 or email

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS
  • Demonstrate models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registration with Health Professions Council as Practising Psychologist
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training &/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Additional Training in provision of therapy
Experience Essential
  • Experience during training of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience during training of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course, presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
skills Essential
  • the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical &/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues
  • providing consultation to other professional groups
  • High-level skills in the practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge (or its equivalent) of research design and methodology, multivariate data analysis
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the adults and mental health
  • Knowledge of current psychological evidence base and best practice in working with adults

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