Clinical Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 8a Clinical Psychologist to join the Salford Mental Health Liaison Team , based at Salford Royal Foundation Trust Hospital

The successful candidate will we welcomed into a diverse and supportive team that brings together psychiatry, psychology, mental health nursing and social work. They will provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and intervention for service users in the acute hospital setting referred to the Mental health Liaison Team (MHLT), carers (where appropriate) and service deliverers.

The post holder will promote the flexible and responsive development of psychologically informed service delivery, by working in a supervisory and training role with staff, and through providing consultancy and liaison with other stakeholders, including our acute hospital colleagues.

The post holder will join a supportive network of psychologists from a range of specialities (i.e., CMHT, acute inpatient, HBT, EI and EDIT, and Living Well) within the Salford Directorate and will be expected to attend the regular Salford Directorate psychology meetings and CPD events.

The post holder will also provide clinical placements for the local DClinPsy training courses and to contribute to teaching on these courses as required.

We are keen to support Continuing Professional Development (CPD) & additional training appropriate to the role, and welcome queries around flexible working.

Main duties of the job

  • To undertake assessment and formulation of patients being referred to the liaison service who may have complex mental health as well as physical health needs.
  • To undertake prompt and highly specialist psychological assessments and formulations to guide the care, management, and timely discharge (where appropriate) of patients with health and mental health concerns. This may include patients facing challenging social situations, persons living with dementia, those who attend hospital frequently or who present with medically unexplained difficulties.
  • Utilising psychological formulations (directly and via supervision) to suggest means of increasing resilience, reducing vulnerability in order to prevent future crises and determining the most helpful ways in which services can respond.
  • Determination and delivery of appropriate brief psychological interventions during the period of patients' involvement with the service

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 refer to the attached Job Description for a comprehensive overview of the role.

In addition to main duties, the post holder is required to collaborate and respond flexibly to a variety of clinical and service-level demands involving the following duties:
  • Development of the psychological elements of systems and the Mental Health assessment of patients who are physically unwell to ensure that this is routinely included before management and treatment decisions are made.
  • Participation in multi-disciplinary decision-making regarding patients with psychological and psychiatric disorders admitted to the acute hospital wards and emergency department.
  • To participate in the strategic development of the service, including the development of assessment, decision-making and intervention protocols and care pathways
  • To assist with the teams development including reflection on team functioning, the development of systems of information sharing, models of consultation, training and supervision
  • To supervise staff in the development and utilisation of psychological and psychosocial formulations and in the delivery of any specific psychological or psychosocial interventions, where appropriate
  • To deliver relevant training to Liaison service staff and acute hospital colleagues, where indicated. This may include training around psychological understanding of crises, trauma informed care, assessment, formulation, and interventions, as needed

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level (or equivalent) qualification in Clinical Psychology Or Equivalent core professional qualification in another health profession with completion of post graduate diploma in a specific psychological therapy with evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Currently Registered with HCPC or appropriate professional body
  • Additional postgraduate advanced training in one or more relevant therapy approaches e.g. Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Analytical Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Supervision Training
Experience Essential
  • Established experience of working as a qualified applied psychologist
  • Experience of working within multi-disciplinary settings/teams.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment.
  • Experience of teaching, training and providing clinical supervision/consultancy to others
  • Experience of working with adults with severe and enduring mental health problems
  • Experience of working in an acute hospital setting
  • Experience of working with people with physical health problems and within physical health contexts
  • Experience of working in the NHS
Knowledge Essential
  • Up to date knowledge of the needs of adults with severe and enduring mental health problems
  • Knowledge of psychological models pertaining to the state of acute emotional crisis
  • Current best practice with regards to the management of people presenting in an acute crisis state
  • Current best practice with regards to Risk Assessment & Management
  • Knowledge of relevant Health & Social Care Legislation
  • Knowledge of mental health liaison service delivery within an acute hospital setting
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Skill in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management and their application within crisis situations/states
  • High level skills in the assessment and management of risk
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Have highly developed engagement skills
  • Ability to negotiate ongoing packages of care and intervention within the local care pathway
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • High level ability to contain and work with organisational stress, and to hold the stress of others
  • High level ability to provide and promote appropriate support to carers and staff exposed to highly challenging situations
  • Ability to balance and respond to urgent or competing service demands
  • A willingness to be flexible in managing own time in order to respond to service needs
  • Leadership and management skills
Other Essential
  • There is a frequent requirement to travel mainly within the Salford area and an occasional requirement to travel across the wider footprint of the Trust to attend meetings and events relevant to the role.

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