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Highly Special Clinical or Counselling Psychologist / Psychological Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Secondary Care Psychological Therapies
NHS AfC: Band 8a
37.5 per week
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Forest House Royal Oldham Hospital
£44606 - £50819
01/09/2019 23:59

About the Trust

We are proud to provide high quality mental health, learning disability and community services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford.

Our vision is to enable a happier and more hopeful life for each and every person within our communities.

Our 5,500 staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care and we receive excellent feedback from our patients. We’re really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we are a great place to work. 

Many of our staff and teams have brought home high profile national and regional awards and we are privileged that some of the most talented professionals in the country choose to work for us. This includes some prominent national mental health experts.

We are one of the first NHS organisations in the country to launch a Just Culture approach. This aims to get to the heart of what, not who, was responsible for an error.

Instead of blaming staff for honest errors, we will support them to come forward and share their experiences to allow lessons to be learned.

We also offer a dedicated staff wellbeing service. This provides lots of help and support for staff experiencing mild to moderate psychological difficulties that are impacting on their work.

Pennine Care is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce.

Our ambition is to work together to promote an all-inclusive environment which attracts all candidates and signals our ongoing commitment to both celebrate and promote diversity. We encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

As a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria at each stage of the selection process.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and developing the Trust as a Great Place to Work.  We offer the a range of family friendly inclusive employment policies and services to support our staff from different backgrounds. In addition we offer the following benefits: 

  • 27 days annual leave rising to 29 (after 5 years) and 33 (after 10 years) plus 8 bank holidays- pro rata
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • A dedicated Staff Wellbeing Service
  • Annual personal development review and support for continual personal and professional development
    A number of NHS discounts across retail, leisure and travel
  • Flexible Working
  • Staff Discount with Stagecoach and First Buses

We consider ourselves lucky to be based just a few miles from the wonderful city of Manchester. If you’re looking to re-locate, there’s no GREATER place to live and work than MANCHESTER.                                                  

Our city offers an outstanding, yet affordable quality of life. Where else does vibrant nightlife and diverse culture meet the peace and tranquillity of the rolling Pennines?

Future plans

We are currently developing our future strategy, which will focus on providing the highest quality mental health and learning disability services.

As part of this, our community (physical health) services in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale (adult services) and Trafford will be moving to a new NHS provider in 2019. For Bury, Oldham, Rochdale (adult services), this will take place on the 1st July 2019

We have been very proud to run community (physical health) services over the last seven years, but we believe there are other provider organisations better positioned to enable these community services to achieve more for the benefit of local people. We are working closely with our staff and colleagues in the new provider organisations to ensure the smoothest possible transfer.

An opportunity has arisen in the Bury Older Adult Services for a permanent full time Psychologist. In addition to the good cohesive MDT team there is a newly appointed psychologist in post who covers the in-patient ward one day a week (with some assistant time too)

Successful candidates will also be part of a vibrant and growing Trust Wide Older People’s Psychological Therapy Service. The existing clinical team collectively has expertise within a wide range of evidence based therapeutic approaches including Narrative Approaches, EMDR and third wave psychological interventions including Compassion Based Approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.

The successful applicants will have an interest and enthusiasm for working with older people and ideally experience of working in a trauma informed way.

Job Summary

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service for older people with functional and organic presentations in community settings . To provide consultation and formulation to staff within the older people’s services. The post holders will provide specialist assessment, including neuropsychological assessment, formulation and interventions for a clinical caseload.

A key function of the role will be to support staff in the acute care pathway and CMHT practitioners and to develop a psychological understanding and context for service users and carers.

Operating in an integrated and inclusive style you will work closely with MDTs to support the development of individual care planning.

The post holders will propose and implement evidence-based practice, utilising research skills for audit and service developments.

There are excellent opportunities within the service to become involved with service developments , research and teaching.

The services have close links with the Manchester, Lancaster and Liverpool doctorate training programmes.

The post holders will be managerially accountable to the older peoples service manager. The post holder will be professionally accountable to the consultant clinical psychologist and clinical lead.

This is an excellent opportunity to further develop specialist psychological interventions in the service and borough, and to gain experience in secondary care.

Our Trust's Mental Health Strategy is currently being refreshed and has an emphasis on services for service users with complex presentations, utilising a more bio psychosocial model rather than the

more traditional medical/disease model. A number of strategic initiatives and developments will see Oldham playing a central role in this developing vision and strategy.

You will be expected to provide a responsive clinical psychology/psychological therapy service to the borough’s older peoples secondary care services, including to a limited extent, the acute in-patient wards.

As part of a borough service within trust wide model, good clinical and professional support will be available.

Key Requirements of the Person Specification:

You must have a post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical psychology and a commitment to work with older adult service users with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and teir carers . You must be eligible to work in this country.

The post holder will receive regular clinical supervision from a suitably experienced clinical psychologist.


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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

Informal enquiries are welcome  

Polly Kaiser – Trust Wide Clinical lead for older people’s psychology therapies 0161- 716-2700