Senior Clinical Psychologist / Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Ince, Wigan
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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As a senior highly specialist clinical psychologist/child and adolescent psychotherapist with substantial senior clinical experience and post-qualification training, the post-holder will provide a high level of specialist expertise with complex and or challenging cases within the Parent Infant Mental Health Service (PIMHS) for families with children under the age of 3.

Main duties of the job

The senior clinician will provide clinical leadership and high quality specialist psychological and psychotherapeutic assessments and therapy for infants, children under 3 years and their families who are referred to PIMHS. The post holder will provide clinical leadership to the development of effective psychological care of the PIMH service, providing consultation, support and where appropriate, clinical supervision to other clinical psychologists/child and adolescent psychotherapists and other mental health service providers.

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 Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS or BPS Statement of Equivalence AND Eligibility for Chartered Clinical Psychology Status & HCPC registered. AND Undertaken post qualification further training in a specialised area of Psychotherapeutic practice such as CAT, psycho-analytic therapy, Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy) OR Professional qualification as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist as recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapists AND Full Membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). Training in supervision of trainee psychologist/child psychotherapists and other professionals within an MDT.
  • Accredited membership of an appropriate psychological therapy professional body (e.g., BPC). Additional further training in the use of parent infant mental health and under 5s assessments such as PIRAT, AAI, Story Stem etc.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist/Child Psychotherapist as a highly specialist clinician with children under 5 years of age and in parent infant mental health. Experience in undertaking line management of psychological therapies staff. Experience working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and full range of settings including community, inpatients and acute care settings, primary care, residential. Experience working within multi-disciplinary services within community and acute care pathways. Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological care and treatment as an autonomous practitioner with complex and challenging service users within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan. Highly developed skills and experience of working with complex, sensitive or contentious information.
  • Experience of representing psychology/psychotherapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care. Experience of establishing new services/being involved in piloting new ways of working. Experience of cross sector working e.g. with third sector, criminal justice system, employment services etc. Experience in developing research and development programmes within psychological therapy services Experience in teaching and training qualified psychological therapist and of non-psychology staff. Experience of the application of psychological therapy in diverse cultural and ethnic contexts.
Knowledge Essential
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a highly emotive, antagonistic or hostile atmosphere and to overcome barriers to acceptance/psychological resistance to potentially threatening information. Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and intervention with families with children under 5 years of age and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professionals including medical staff and non-professional groups. High level skills in providing complex clinical and professional supervision including medical staff Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including multivariate data analysis.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups. Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies. Familiarity with computing technology including spreadsheets and databases
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work independently on a day to day basis and use own initiative. Ability to work towards agreed goals, reviewed regularly in management supervision. Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS Keyboard skills and skills in using word-processing, e mail and internet software. Ability to work under pressure and manage complex processes and communications. Ability to be self reflective, whist working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision.

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