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Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal, 100 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, SK8 3DG

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time





Job Advert Role Description

Priory is the UK’S leading independent provider of mental health care and education services.  We have an outstanding reputation both for the service we deliver and for the investment we make in our people and in our environment.

Set within landscaped gardens in Cheshire, Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal (close to Manchester) offers a range of complex mental health services, providing clinical excellence in our eating disorders, adolescent, rehabilitation, acute and PICU services. We use an eclectic model of care and intervention, drawing on a variety of evidence-based approaches.  

We are looking for a qualified Practitioner Psychologist (must be HCPC registered) to lead the psychological therapies provision into our Personality Disorder Unit and Rehabilitation Services. The Fern Unit at Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal is a 10-bedded specialist dialectical-behavioural therapy (DBT) service dedicated to supporting females with personality disorder to acquire the skills to effectively manage their own emotions, be interpersonally effective and tolerate distress. Our aim is to help patients to live a happier, more independent life. The post holder will work closely with a skilled and well established multi-disciplinary team of professionals, including a Consultant Psychiatrist, Occupational Therapist and experienced nursing team, all of whom receive DBT training.

The clinical aspect of the role will involve psychological assessment, formulation, delivering both group and individual DBT Therapy, providing a psychological perspective to decision making around patient care, attendance at ward rounds and CPA review meetings, and working closely with and providing support to ward teams to foster trauma informed approaches to care. The post holder will form part of the leadership team within the psychological therapies department and will be involved in providing positive and containing leadership, supervision and consultation, and service development across both the Fern Unit and the Adult Rehabilitation Service.

Suitable candidates will have specialist knowledge and relevant post qualification clinical experience of working with individuals with personality disorder. Ideal candidates will have formal and accredited training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) although this training is something that could be provided to the successful candidate subject to a learning agreement. Suitable candidates will have training and experience in providing supervision. Experience in clinical leadership and service development is desirable. Interested applicants should have a strong interest in developing innovative practice, working with complexity, and working in teams. They should have effective leadership skills including self-motivation, effective communication, the ability to support and motivate others, and the ability to ensure the systematic governance of psychological practice within the team. 

There are excellent CPD and training opportunities for employees within this service, and funded and accredited training opportunities will be available and agreed as part of the role (subject the completion of a probationary period). Attendance at national conferences and research interests are also encouraged. The psychology department also has strong research links with local Universities, and provides placements for trainees from a number of different courses on both core and specialist placements.

Benefits include:

- Free onsite parking

- Subsidised lunches

- 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and your birthday off.

- Online benefits and cashback rewards

- Dedicated career pathway

- Competitive salary

For further information, please contact Dr Rebecca Dunn, Head of Psychology, 0161-428-9511 or   

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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services, Priory promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.

Priory maintains that vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19 and believes that our colleagues working with vulnerable individuals have a professional duty to be vaccinated.  As part of our wider infection control efforts, and to meet our commissioner and customer requirements, we continue to record vaccination status for all colleagues and we therefore request that you disclose this information as part of your application. Your vaccination status will not affect any offer of employment and will be held in line with GDPR requirements.  We thank you for your understanding. 


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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