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Principal Practitioner Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 8B
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Post: 8B 0.4WTE Principal Practitioner Psychologist (12-month fixed term contract)

We are seeking a highly experienced practitioner psychologist who will be instrumental in setting up a new clinical service to support staff and service users of the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine (MCGM). The role will focus on working with adults with complex medical needs associated with genetic conditions, including rare diseases and cancer. Demonstrating the value of a professional psychology service will be critical during the 12-month period as the service has the ambition of creating a permanent practitioner psychologist role to work alongside the Clinical Genetics MDT, in particular the genetic counselling team.

Main duties of the job

You will work closely with the lead Consultant Genetic Counsellors at the MCGM to develop a practitioner psychology service that can work collaboratively with the wider clinical genetics MDT in improving the care provided to service users and their families who access the centre. Indirect working (team formulation, reflective practice, MDT participation) will form a key part of this fixed term post. The opportunity to hold a small clinical caseload to demonstrate the value of evidence based psychological interventions will be possible. Clinical Supervision/line management will come from senior practitioner psychologist/s working in a related field. There will be excellent opportunities to develop a wider understanding and knowledge of the specialism through inhouse CPD opportunities. You will bring an enthusiasm and determination to demonstrate the value and benefit of including practitioner psychology time to the specialism and be willing to assume a high degree of autonomy.

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

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
  • Accredited Doctoral Degree in Clinical, Counselling or Health Psychology.
  • Registered with The Health & Care Professions Council as a 'Practitioner Psychologist'.
  • 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
Experience Essential
  • Considerable experience of working as a clinical/counselling/health 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 clinical genetics 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.
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the relevant field of applied psychology.
  • 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 Clinical Genetics service, and of relevant mental health legislation.
Skills Essential
  • 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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups.
  • Formal training in leadership

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