Assistant Psychologist: Sponsorship Available

  • Full Time
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 25,147 – 27,596 £ / Year

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Job Summary

We are recruiting two Assistant Psychologists to work within a new psychological service provision within theTrafford Acute Care wards and PICU for Adults of Working Age (AoWA).

The primary focus is to facilitate the running of psychologically informed groups and 1:1 psychological interventions on the wards and PICU under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologist and with the operational support of Acute Care management.

The post holder will assist with a wide range of duties – assessment, intervention and evaluation. Duties may include the development of psychologically informed resources. The post holder will also be expected to assist clinicians in the preparation, delivery and evaluation of a variety of clinical, teaching and research tasks. The post holder will act under the supervision of a Clinical Psychologist and will receive regular supervision.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be required, under supervision to:

  • Facilitate psychologically informed groups on the wards. As agreed with service managers, this may include some evening working.
  • Use structured / manualised CBT material to work with service users.
  • Ensure psychologically relevant resource material is available to the wards.
  • Assist when required, with assessments / reviews / consultations by administering self-report measures, rating scales, neuropsychological tests, and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in clients care, all under supervision.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over 6,400 members of staff, who deliver services from more than 160 locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world’s most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • An upper second class honours degree or higher in psychology
  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society


  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology
  • Further post graduate training in mental health practice
  • Further post graduate training in research design and analysis.



  • Experience of working with people with mental health problems and /or experience of other relevant health disabilities
  • Experience of working independently
  • Experience of liaising with other healthcare workers


  • Experience of working with service users with complex, risky presentations
  • Experience of working within a Psychological Service setting
  • Experience of using assessment skills

Knowledge and Skills


  • High level of communication skills both written and verbal including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to patients, carers and colleagues in an appropriate way
  • Ability to produce reports under supervision to a high standard
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental health problems or other disabilities
  • An ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to the service context
  • An understanding of psychology applied to mental health care
  • Knowledge of engagement approaches and clinical assessment skills required for presentations typical of Acute Care settings


  • Experience using microcomputers for databases or data-analysis, especially SPSS for Windows.



  • An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.
  • An ability to interact with and have an interest in people with mental health problems or disabilities
  • Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently with work agreed and managed at regular intervals.
  • An aspiration to a career in professional psychology



  • Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively
  • Flexible and adaptable approach to work
  • Ability to demonstrate the Trust values within all aspects of clinical and other work

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Closing Date: 17 April 2024

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