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Job summary

Main area
Mental Health
Band 8a
Fixed term: 6 months
37.5 hours per week (happy to discuss flexible working)
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Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum
Salary period
27/01/2021 23:59

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Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Clinical Psychologist

Band 8a

Job overview

Working according to the principals of Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) and trauma-informed approaches. The post holders will form part of the Salford Dual Diagnosis Homeless Team and be primarily based within the Salford rough sleepers teams with the aim of developing a psychologically aware and trauma informed service. This will include indirect and direct working with service users; training and supporting staff teams and evaluation.

Main duties of the job

The post holder’s will work within integrated, multi-disciplinary homeless team’s within Greater Manchester Mental Health. These teams will work alongside both statutory and voluntary agencies, providing support to the specific cohort of homeless individuals within the Manchester/Salford districts. The successful candidate’s will work in partnership with other providers, engage with identified individuals who may present with co-occurring addiction needs and mental illness alongside multiple and complex social needs.

The practitioners will take referrals from the Rough Sleeper Initiative and other Local Authority staff and focus on providing assessment and support to this service user group. This may include low-level interventions, engaging individuals with local service provision, ensuring they are able to access the support they need to maintain engagement with care and treatment as identified.

Working for our organisation

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’

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To deliver highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy to clients with complex, severe and longstanding mental health difficulties, which frequently involve high risk behaviour, e.g. risk of suicide and self-harm. Clients who are referred to the Service have often either failed to engage with, or benefit from, other mental health services, and can be particularly hard to help who reside in hostel setting.

To contribute to the service delivery and target objectives/priorities of the Mental Health and Homeless Team (MHHT) plans, in agreement with the relevant team leaders/managers, to ensure the most efficient and effective utilization and contribution of psychological knowledge and practice.

To manage a highly complex clinical caseload in accordance with activity expectations agreed with the Service Manager.

To carry out specialised risk assessments and agree risk management plans with individual clients, and to provide advice on aspects of risk formulation and management to other clinicians and services

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • experience
Desirable criteria
  • knowledge


Essential criteria
  • qualification
Desirable criteria
  • training
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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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Adam Clayton
Job title
Operational Manager
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