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Highly Specialised Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Do you have a passion for working with Older People? Join our team at Woodlands! We have an opportunity for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join a friendly and supportive Inpatient service. We are pleased to be able to offer this post as a role for someone currently working at a band 8a level or as a preceptorship. In this case, we would offer the post as a band 7 preceptorship until the necessary experience and competencies are met within an agreed timeframe, after which the post would move to an 8a.

Successful applicants will be part of a committed and experienced multi-disciplinary team, which values the contribution of Psychology. The Psychology Team at Woodlands includes a Principal Clinical Psychologist, two qualified posts and an assistant psychology role with current vacancies being available due to retirement and movement of assistants. The wider Older People's psychology service across the organisation provides a supportive network of experienced clinicians, with active links with the three local doctoral training courses. Within the wider Older People's psychology service there is expertise around CAT, MBT, Behavioural Family Interventions and EMDR and the provision of psychological training to others as well as strong links with local and national bodies e.g. FPOP and ACP Older Adult Network. As a group we meet twice annually for continuing professional development and opportunities for further training are encouraged and supported.

Main duties of the job

Woodlands Hospital focuses on the assessment and management of older people with complex mental health and/or organic presentations (typically dementia). The Hospital has three wards; two for individuals with dementia and one for older people with mental health difficulties. The postholder will offer individual assessment, formulation and intervention to individuals as well as supporting the implementation of a stepped model of psychological care in inpatient areas through the provision of service development, training, supervision and consultancy.

Applicants will be able to demonstrate experience of or a high level of enthusiasm/commitment to working with older people with or without dementia. Experience of working within multidisciplinary environments will also be an advantage. The post holder will be required to assist with the supervision of junior members of staff (e.g. Support Workers, Assistant Psychologists). The post holder will be required to complete or oversee service audit and evaluation projects and contribute to service development activities such as staff training. Post holders will need to contribute actively to team and multi-disciplinary working, so a high standard of written and verbal communication is required.

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

We are keen to develop the range of clinical interventions offered at Woodlands, and this post includes funding for introductory training in DBT skills

Applicants must be registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Work or placement experience with older people and/or people with cognitive impairment is desirable.

For further information, informal discussion or a visit to the team, please contact:

Dr Ruth Watson, Principal Clinical Psychologist

Tel; 0161 357 1260

Please see attached 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 Qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology Essential
  • Postgraduate qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology
  • HCPC Registered as Practitioner Psychologist
Clinical experience working with Older People Essential
  • Previous clinical experience working with Older People
  • Older Adult Inpatient experience

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