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Older Peoples Mental Health
NHS AfC: Band 8a
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Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
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Memory Service Team
£42,414 to £49,969 pa
05/06/2019 23:59
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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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.

Post Title Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist Service/Ward/Department Memory Assessment Service HMR (Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale) Borough HMR (Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale) Band & salary scale 8a Permanent (Band 7 Perceptorship considered ) Hours of work 22.5 Post Due to internal promotion this opportunity of permanent post for a clinical psychologist has arisen. The post holder will work three days a week as part of a vibrant MDT Memory Service for Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale (HMR) based in Rochdale. Besides psychiatrists, nurses and a neuropsychologist you will be joining a team focusing on post diagnostic support. You will work closely with an OT, support workers that has good third sector partnership working with the Alzheimer’s Society. In addition to providing appropriate assessments and therapy with people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers the post holder will run the post diagnostic information and support group and support a thriving service user carer group with MDT colleagues. The post holder 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 post-holder will be part of existing wider secondary care old age psychological services across the trust where there is expertise and interest in trauma informed care and third wave CBT such as Compassion Focused Therapy and ACT. The services have close links with the Manchester, Lancaster and Liverpool doctorate training programmes. The post holder will be managerially accountable to the Older peoples service manager for the Memory assessment service . 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: Polly Kaiser – Trust wide clinical lead for older people’s psychology therapies 0161- 716-2700 Or 0161-716 - 7513 Or Brigitte Barnes memory Service OT on 01706-676240 Closing Date 5 June Interview Date 20 June The Trust is committed to improving the working lives of our employees. We actively promote equal opportunities, flexible working and staff support. The Trust operates a no smoking policy’ Applicants are advised that as a result of the high level of response we receive for some of our vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date. As a consequence you are urged to submit your application as soon as possible

No smoking policyDisability confident employer

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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Contacts for more information:

Polly Kaiser – Trust wide clinical lead for older people’s psychology therapies

0161- 716-2700

Or 0161-716 - 7513