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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Older Peoples Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 8a
variable 18.75 - 30 hours depending on borough
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Tameside, Stockport, Rochdale, Oldham, Bury
£42,414 to £49,969 pa
28/10/2018 23:59
Interview date

About the Trust

Formed in 2002, Pennine Care has grown to become a leading provider of community and mental health services.

Our vision is to deliver the best care to patients, people and families in our local communities, by working effectively with partners to help people to live well.

We provide services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford – with a combined population of more than 1.3 million people.

Our 6,000 community and mental health staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care – and provide around 2.4 million patient contacts each year. We are privileged that some of the most talented and leading experts choose to work for us.

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?

An exciting opportunity is available for  4 band 8a Clinical Psychology posts (band 7/8a Preceptorship Clinical Psychologists will also be considered) to support the development of a new service on the older people’s in-patient wards (both dementia and mental health) in the Boroughs of Bury, Rochdale Oldham, Tameside and Stockport.


Successful candidates will 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. We can offer flexible working hours and job share applications will be considered.



Job Summary


To provide consultation and formulation to staff within the older people’s inpatient wards, supported by Clinical Psychology colleagues.

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service for older people with functional and organic presentations on inpatient wards. 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 inpatient staff, 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 both ward-based staff and the 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.

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


Depending on the borough, the post holders will be managerially accountable to either Older People’s service managers or psychological therapies service manager. The post holder will be professionally accountable to the consultant clinical psychologists and clinical lead.


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




Key Requirements of the Person Specification:


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



Contacts for more information:

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to:


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


Dr Emma Shlosberg – Consultant Clinical Psychologist  - Tameside


Interviews to be on 8th November 2018.

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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 and should be directed to: 

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


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