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Job overview

We are excited to be recruiting into a permanent 0.6 wte Band 7/8a Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist post to support stroke and neurological patients in Trafford Community Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation Team (CSNRT). Applicants must have completed the first year of the Neuropsychology PGDip to be considered for an 8a position. Funding arrangements are in place for the PGDip and successful completion of the first year allows you to be considered for the 8a position.

Trafford CSNRT is a welcoming, ambitious and enthusiastic team with a wealth of expertise, making it a great place to work. There is a focus on MDT working and goal setting to achieve the best outcomes with the patients and their support systems. We provide assessment and intervention for people who have a broad range of neurological conditions, stroke and acquired brain injuries.

The majority of the role will be working with people who have had a stroke, although there will be opportunity to work... across neurological conditions, affording a varied job role. As this provision is new, the post holder will be able to shape the service. You need to work autonomously and organise your workload, take initiative and cope with competing demands. You will be well-supported to do this by Clinical Neuropsychologists within the Trust and senior practitioners in the team.

You would be joining a Neuropsychology team in Trafford that consists of a Clinical Neuropsychologist and a Senior Assistant Psychologist.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical psychology/neuropsychologically-informed assessments, formulations, and interventions for persons referred to the Trafford CSNRT for MDT input. This includes individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions, including stroke and acquired brain injury.

To support the CSNRT MDT in working with these client groups.

To monitor outcomes with clients.

To support research, audit and service evaluations within Trafford CSNRT.

To provide training to other members of the MDT.

You will join one of the largest Neuropsychology teams in the country. We are a group of highly committed and supportive clinicians who work across inpatient, outpatient and community settings.

The person will benefit from the supervision structure and peer support of the department and the additional CPD opportunities afforded here.

We are looking for a proactive and creative individual who has a keen interest in clinical work and in developing evidence based, inclusive clinical neuropsychology services.

Working for our organisation

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) provides hospital and integrated health and social care services to over one million people living across Greater Manchester. Our 20,000 colleagues care for people in hospital and in the community, working across Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Salford, to save and improve lives.

As a large NHS trust we are committed to enhancing the health of our local population by delivering consistently high standards of care and working closely with local authorities and key partners. We believe in our power and potential to make a difference and we’re always looking for people who demonstrate our three core values - care, appreciate and inspire – to join our team.

In return, we can offer you a job role with purpose and flexibility. The size and scale of the NCA means we can provide more challenge and opportunities so your career can always be moving in the right direction. By joining us you can also access a competitive benefits package, including, a fantastic annual leave allowance, flexible working opportunities and protected hours for health and wellbeing activities, helping you to achieve more personal downtime and a better work-life balance.

For the latest information around our values and behaviours, please visit our careers website https://careers.northerncarealliance.nhs.uk/

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website: https://careers.northerncarealliance.nhs.uk/

We welcome informal discussions about the role should you wish to learn more about this fantastic opportunity. Please contact Dr Hayley Entwistle, Clinical Neuropsychologist, on [email protected] or Dr Selina Makin, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, on [email protected] should you wish to discuss this post.

We will be holding a webinar about this post during the period it is advertised. This will be to discuss this role in particular and to answer any questions. It will be recorded if you are unable to attend at the time and we welcome questions submitted beforehand. If you would like a link to the webinar then please email Dr Entwistle or Dr Makin.

Person specification


Essential criteria
• DClinPsy

Desirable criteria
• Academic qualification such as Diploma or MSc in Research Methodology, Clinical Neuropsychology or PhD
• At least half (one year) of a PgDip in Clinical Neuropsychology to have been completed to be considered for band 8a post. This is not necessary for recruitment at band 7

Professional Registration

Essential criteria
• Eligibility for membership pf the British Psychological Society and Division of Clinical Psychology
• HCPC registration

Knowledge, Training & Experience

Essential criteria
• Previous experience of working with clients with neurological conditions
• Prior experience of MDT working

Desirable criteria
• Previous experience of working with clients who have had a stroke
• Previous experience of working with clients presenting with challenging behaviours and/or mental capacity issues
• Prior experience of working in a community setting
• Experience of systemic working, such as with family members, care homes and social services

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
• Competence in the selection, administration and interpretation of cognitive assessments

We understand the importance of balancing work and home life. We are committed to supporting flexible working for our people wherever possible and all our colleagues are given the opportunity to discuss potential for flexible working. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

We reserve the right to close the online vacancy when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. Should you wish to apply for this post you are advised to complete and return your application form as soon as possible.

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) serves a diverse population, and each Care Organisation works hard to ensure all services are accessible and fair.

We respect the value of difference. So, our aim is to employ a workforce representative of the communities we serve. Regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, trans status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, all are welcome.

We also warmly welcome interest from serving and ex-personnel, and their relatives. Please identify that you are a member of the armed forces community on your application form to be entitled to a guaranteed interview (subject to essential criteria being met). As a Disability Confident Employer, guaranteed interviews are also available to disabled applicants when essential role requirements have been met.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to the application process, please contact [email protected]

In applying for this post, you give the Trust permission to use your data for recruitment purposes.

Please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any time should it be filled via the internal redeployment process.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service
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