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Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical/Counselling)

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
8A Practitioner Psychologist (0.8WTE)

We are excited to advertise this post within the Manchester Severe Asthma/Airways Service. This role would be suitable for applicants with experience of working within physical health, but a preceptorship could be considered for less experienced candidates.

The role will support patients with severe asthma/other respiratory conditions. Patients can experience a high burden of symptoms/treatment side effects and have to make adjustments to their lifestyle leading to distress. The psychology service is well established and valued by the MDT. The successful applicant would be supported by a Principal Clinical Psychologist and have access to peer supervision within the wider trust.

The role compromises direct clinical work, as well as MDT work and the opportunity for development of joint clinics. The service also strongly supports the role of research, and the successful candidate will be supported to design/conduct research projects.

Main duties of the job

  • Post-holder must be able to form and sustain good and collaborative working relationships, using skills for formulation to help inform patient care, as well as the MDT approach.
  • Work flexibly and creatively with physical complexity, at times aligning therapeutic approach with other disciplines
  • Direct and indirect working, as well as contributing directly into particular difficulties faced by groups of patients within the service as they arise
  • Ability to communicate and inform care beyond the immediate MDT to support patients in their pathways with other services (e.g., ENT) due to physical complexity/comorbidities.
  • Opportunities for service evaluation/audit/research, which the team places value on
  • The service also offers 'in-house' teaching/education sessions which the post-holder will be supported to attend and contribute to

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

  • 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 Discount

Please read the job description for full details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oProfessional qualification in Clinical/Counselling Psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • oRegistration as a clinical/counselling psychologist with the HCPC.
  • oTraining in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological relevance (e.g. staff training, research methodology, and / or other fields of applied psychology)
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of working with client groups in a physical health setting, 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.
  • oExperience of working as a qualified clinical/counselling/health psychologist (less experienced candidates will be appointed at Band 7 and work towards 8A competencies)
  • oExperience in the application of cognitive-behavioural approaches to clinical settings
  • oExperience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • oExperience of working within respiratory medicine specialisms, delivering evidenced psychological interventions.
  • oExperience of providing supervision and training
Knowledge Essential
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to clients of the Airways Complex Breathlessness service, and of relevant mental health legislation.
  • oFormal training in supervision of other psychologists
Skills Essential
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oAbility to use own initiative and to work under supervision where appropriate
  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team and to liaise effectively with other professionals.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups.
Other Essential
  • oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

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