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Psychological Therapist

Band 7

Main area
Mental Health
Band 7
Fixed Term - 12 months
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Crossgate House
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum
27/09/2019 23:59

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, the Trust employs around 4750 people who make a difference across 130 locations. Situated in one of the most exciting and affordable cities in Europe, GMMH provides community and inpatient mental health care, alongside substance misuse services across the North West.

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. This puts our staff and service users at the leading edge of new mental health treatments.

The Trust provides a range of specialist services including prison in reach across the North of England, a specialist centre for mental health and deafness and in patient perinatal mental health care.

We have been rated ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commission. Our substance misuse services and leadership were rated as ‘Outstanding’

This is an exciting opportunity for a psychologist or psychological therapist to join our Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIIP) Service. Our age range spans 14-65 but the vast majority of our service users are young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis or at ultra-high risk of developing psychosis in the future.

This is a 12 month, fixed term contract for a full time Band 7 Clinical Psychologist or Psychological therapist. It would be well suited to current Clinical Psychology trainees qualifying in September, current band 7 psychologists looking to move into early intervention or experienced CBT therapists.

We have a reputation for being a supportive and passionate team with clear values focused on young people and recovery. We have a strong focus on staff well-being in the team which we enact through flexible working patterns, a strong focus on supportive supervision and ongoing continuing professional development.

The post holder will be based in Sale, Trafford and see people throughout the borough, an attractive leafy suburb with good public transport. They will see people both in their first episode of psychosis but also those with an at-risk mental state (ARMS), providing a mix of young people presenting with a range of complex and non-complex problems.

We are a collaborative, multidisciplinary team who aim to provide a values and evidence-based, NICE concordant package of care to our clients. We seek actively to engage, assess, intervene and support people in their recovery and work with them for up to three years. As a psychologist or psychological therapist, the work is fascinating and varied in helping clients make sense of their experiences, and in working with associated difficulties of anxiety, depression and trauma. In line with NICE guidance, our main model is cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis (CBTp), but the complexity of presenting difficulties means that we draw on a number of models in our work. Most of the non-therapy staff in the team are trained in motivational interviewing in recognition of the importance of engagement in Early Intervention and most are trained in behavioural family therapy highlighting the importance we place on working with families and friends of our clients.

We are looking for a someone who has a keen interest in working with this client group and their families and in the EIIP model. The postholder will be involved in assessment of clients referred to the team, will provide psychological therapy and may have the opportunity to provide family interventions. She/he will work closely with MDT colleagues and offer them consultation in helping support their work with their clients. The postholder will attend team meetings and promote a psychological perspective within the team.

You will be supervised by our Senior Psychologist, Band 8a, and will be supported by the Lead Clinical Psychologist (8b). Both have considerable experience in EI and CBTp, having participated as research therapists and will be able to support your development of therapy skills and expertise in early intervention. You will also be part of the wider team of psychologists across the Trust and there will be frequent opportunities for continuing professional development.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Rory Allott (Lead Clinical Psychologist) or Denise McArthur (Team Leader)

Job Title: Team Manager-Trafford EIT

Contact Number: 0161 357 1780



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