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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist or Senior Psychological Therapist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Pro rata per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Applications are invited from Clinical / Counselling Psychologists or a Senior Psychological Therapist enthusiastic about working within this new and exciting service. The Living Well team are a multidisciplinary, multiagency team dedicated to connecting people to integrated community support with the core principles of Lived experience and Peer support, strengths based approaches, solution focused care and trauma informed care at its heart.

Clinical work will involve assessment, psychological formulation, consultation and supervision offers for the wider team to ensure support and psychologically informed care, particularly when supporting individuals with complex needs. Assisting in the development of a group programme and consideration of individual interventions are also a key aspect of the role. As the service develops it is expected that the post holder will contribute to this development alongside a principal psychologist, operational managers and the wider system and partners.

Main duties of the job

Applicants will be able to demonstrate experience or a high level of enthusiasm/commitment to working with people who are experiencing difficulties maintaining their wellbeing and experiencing mental health difficulties. Experience of working within multiagency environments will also be an advantage. The post holder will also be required contribute to service development activities such as staff training and service evaluation. Post holders will need to contribute actively to team and multi-agency working, so a high standard of written and verbal communication is required. Living Well is currently in development, therefore the post holder will need to demonstrate flexibility and adaptiveness to service change and support ongoing prototyping and service developments.

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

Please see attached detailed person specification an job description

Staff benefits
  • 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 Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work with SUs & others, provide with psychological support and intervention
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Well developed, effective communication skills, both orally and in writing, enabling complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to be shared with clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues within the NHS and other agencies.
  • Ability to prioritise work, operate a waiting list, meet short deadlines and an unpredictable work pattern that requires regular revision of plans.
  • Ability to sit in constrained position for client therapy, testing and for computer work.
  • Ability to work at a high level of professional autonomy and responsibility, in a collaborative multi-agency environment and also as a lone worker in circumstances where there may be exposure to verbal and sometimes physical aggression
  • Able to sustain the intense concentration necessary for client assessment and formulation, individual therapy sessions, interviews
  • Ability to work and communicate highly sensitive, contentious information effectively in a highly emotive or hostile atmosphere, and to overcome barriers to acceptance/psychological resistance to potentially threatening information.
  • Experience of service development projects, both planning and implementation
  • Ability to teach / train others
  • Ability to demonstrate an area of special interest/skill in therapeutic intervention.
  • Ability to move equipment (including case files, self-help materials, audio-visual equipment) between office base and other work settings.
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of trauma informed care
  • Evidence of post-qualification CPD as recommended and/or accredited by the BPS, or other professional body.
  • Up to date knowledge of the needs of people with severe and enduring mental health problems, and of psychological approaches to recovery.
  • Familiarity with computing technology, including keyboard skills, and use of word-processing, e-mail, and internet software
  • Understanding of national and regional legislation of community psychology services
  • Completion of specialist therapy courses.
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable post-qualification experience of specialist assessment and treatment of adult and older adult clients and those with psychological difficulties in a secondary care setting.
  • Demonstrable experience of working within complex systems and being able to develop formulations to inform care for service users involved in multiple systems of care i.e. systemic formulation of complex need
  • Demonstrable post-qualification experience of working with complex health problems, including problems associated with complex relational and emotional needs, and severe depression, anxiety, co-morbid substance misuse and trauma.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with people experiencing a suicidal crisis.
  • Demonstrable experience of working within multidisciplinary mental health teams.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with people across the life span from age 18+
  • Demonstrable experience of providing clinical supervision to psychologists and/or, psychological therapists and other core health professions.
  • Demonstrable experience of providing teaching/ training on clinical interventions.
  • Experience of audit and service evaluation within psychological therapy services.
  • Research experience within an area relevant to work within an adult service.
  • Ability to demonstrate further specialist clinical experience and training
  • Demonstrable experience of the application of psychological therapy in diverse cultural and ethnic contexts. Especially, the use of interpreters.
  • Experience of working within a multi-cultural and diverse framework
Qualifications Essential
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) AND Post-graduate doctorate in clinical / counselling psychology, (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), as accredited by the BPS. AND Eligibility to register as a clinical / counselling psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. OR Alternative core health profession qualification (i.e. nursing, social work or occupational therapy) with post graduate training in a NICE recommended talking therapy (i.e. minimum of a postgraduate diploma in cognitive therapy from an accredited course), alongside appropriate current professional registration.
  • Completion of relevant modules of Accredited Doctoral Clinical Psychology Course: Introduction to Supervision Courses (approx. 30 hours) or equivalent, or professional equivalent.
  • Completion of further post qualification training within psychological therapies (e.g. CAT, DBT, CFT, MBT etc.)
  • Qualification in leadership or management.
Other Essential
  • Ability to travel around Salford area
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to work towards goals agreed at Individual Appraisal with the Service Manager
  • Ability to work to professional guidelines.

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