Clinical Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Greater Manchester
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Per annum
Closing date
19 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Specialist Perinatal Service is a multidisciplinary and well-established team providing a range of tailored approaches to meet the mental health needs of woman and their families in the perinatal period.

Our core purpose is to work with expectant mothers and mothers to address their mental health needs and mitigate any impact on the unborn baby and infant.

We aim to improve the improve the health outcomes for mothers with the provision of a timely, integrated, high quality, effective, multi-disciplinary service.

We are keen to develop services by offering permanent opportunities for Band 8a Clinical / Counselling Psychologists.

We actively encourage applications from those who are working at a Band 7 level who can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills and who now feel ready to be appointed to a more senior role.

Main duties of the job

You will have the opportunity to undertake initial assessments and direct one to one and group based therapeutic work with women experiencing a wide range of mental health problems, often relating to complex trauma or attachment difficulties.

You will also have opportunity for indirect working, offering supervision, consultation, and training to both colleagues within the MDT and the wider maternity system.

We are keen to recruit people who enjoy working in multi-disciplinary teams and who are creative, adaptable, and responsive to the needs of the service. We are looking for someone who is passionate about working with women and their families and whose values and principles are aligned with the organisation.

The post offers an incredibly supportive team working environment. You will receive clinical and professional supervision and link in with established psychologists working within the perinatal service who meet regularly for ongoing CPD, discussion of clinical and professional issues and invaluable peer support.

There is also opportunity for professional development within a supportive department, with additional training being actively encouraged.

You will observe, and abide by, all relevant professional codes of conduct and practice including those of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The post holder will be fully registered with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist as a condition of employment.

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

Please see attached job description and person specification

We encourage anyone interested in the role to make contact. If you are interested or have any questions, please speak to: Dr Kirsty Pratt, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (

**Please note, this vacancy may be closed at any time if sufficient applications have been received**

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 Qualifications Essential
  • oProfessional qualification in clinical / counselling psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
  • oFurther post-qualification, post-graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • oRegistration as a clinical psychologist / counselling psychologist with the HCPC
  • oTraining in recognised Parent Infant Mental Health courses
  • oFormal training in supervision of other psychologists
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working as a qualified psychologist
  • oExperience of working with client groups experiencing moderate-severe mental health problems across the life span
  • oExperience of delivering structured psychological interventions to clients with complex psychological problems
  • oExperience of working with trauma and providing trauma-focused psychological therapy
  • oExperience in the application of cognitive-behavioural approaches to clinical settings
  • oExperience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment
  • oExperience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • oExperience of providing supervision
  • oExperience of providing teaching and training
  • oExperience of working in specialist perinatal services
  • oExperience of working in parent-infant mental health settings, where the child is less than 2 years old
Knowledge Essential
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of psychology
  • oHighly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities etc)
  • oPractitioner level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • oEvidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • oKnowledge of policy and legislation in relation to perinatal mental health

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