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Consultant Psychologist/Psychotherapist

NHS AfC: Band 8c

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NHS AfC: Band 8c
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Forest House, Royal Oldham
61777- 72597
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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.

Interviews for this post will be held on 03rd October 2019

Service/Ward/Department Summary:

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has a commitment to developing psychological therapy and psychological medicine services for patients with long term health conditions, medically unexplained symptoms and atypical healthcare utilisation behaviours. The services demonstrate innovative partnership working and have recently received national recognition, as examples of good practice. The innovation of Psychological Medicine in Primary Care is part of a 5 site national study by the Centre for Mental Health.

There are currently 8 small psychological medicine/therapy teams in the trust with a focus on physical health and healthcare utilisation. These services range from condition specific integrated teams (such as pain psychological medicine) hospital psychological therapy for physical health, primary care liaison and end of life support. The trust is also committed to developing IAPT services to meet the needs of people who have long term health conditions.

The consultant role will be based within the Psychological Medicine Service with a remit for clinical leadership and development of services in the trust for physical health and atypical healthcare utilisation, working alongside the Long Term Conditions Manager for Psychological Therapies and in an advisory capacity to the Primary Care Manager for Psychological Therapies.

Role Summary:

Providing day to day clinical management within the Psychological Medicine Service, the post holder will offer senior clinical input to the team and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders as well as providing management for psychological therapists in the service.

Working across the Pennine Care footprint, the post holder will liaise closely with the Long Term Conditions Manager for Psychological Therapies as well as linking with the Primary Care Manager for Psychological Therapies to lead on the clinical development of services for people with long term physical health problems and atypical healthcare utilisation. Typically this work will involve offering training, consultation and support to staff working with patients with physical health problems, developing new service initiatives in liaison with commissioners as well as supporting with service evaluation.

Responsibilities of the Post:

The post holder will contribute to ensuring that a broad range of psychological interventions for service users are provided in Psychological Medicine and PTPH services across the Trust. These will include interventions as per NICE and other nationally recognised guidance.

The post holder will ensure that therapists and other clinicians within Psychological Medicine and Psychological Therapies for Physical Health have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and treating service users via expert clinical consultation and supervision systems.

The post holder will offer specialist psychological/psychotherapeutic assessments of service users to formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and / or management of a service users mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the service users problems and employing methods of proven efficacy, across primary and secondary care settings.

Key Requirements of the Person Specification:

The post holder will be qualified to masters or doctoral level, with further specialist training. They will have specialist training in a range of therapeutic models appropriate to working with patients with long term physical health problems, and will have substantial experience across a range of settings including working with complex patient presentations. Successful candidates will have further training in a range of therapies which have an evidence base for working with people with physical health and mental health comorbidities. They will be committed to working in a physical health/psychological medicine setting with the ability and passion to lead the strategic development of services within the trust.

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Applicant requirements

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 Contact Name: Anna Dalton

Job Title: Long Term Conditions Manager – Psychological Therapies

Contact Number 0797 3227475