We have a great opportunity for you to join us for the final 15 months of an RCT which is investigating the efficacy of a suicide prevention psychological therapy for people with psychosis.


Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Research and Development Directorate is looking to appoint a 1.0 WTE Trial Manager to work on an MRC/NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation funded project; the CARMS trial (Cognitive Approaches to coMbatting Suicidality[1]). This study is investigating psychological mechanisms underlying suicidal thoughts and behaviours in people experiencing psychosis living in the community using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies as part of an RCT.

The RCT will test the effectiveness of a bespoke psychological intervention for suicidal thoughts and behaviours in people experiencing severe mental illnesses. The project is a joint endeavour across 3 NHS Trusts together with the School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, and the SPECTRUM Centre, University of Lancaster. The Chief Investigator is Dr. Patricia Gooding and Co-Principal Investigator is Professor Gillian Haddock, University of Manchester. The post is fixed term until end of December 2021.

As the CARMS Trial Manager you will be responsible for managing all operational aspects of the trial for which you will be the primary point of contact. You will plan, schedule and implement processes and procedures necessary for the successfully execution of budgetary, mechanistic, data management and clinical aspects of the trial. You should have a robust research knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and a clear understanding of managing suicide risk protocols. In addition, you will take a sensitive approach to ensuring that the CARMS Trial has at its core a social responsibility remit which includes patient and public involvement.

Currently the CARMS team are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the CARMS team have a base in the R and D directorate in the Rawnsley Building at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Candidates should have a 2:i in Psychology and preferably have a post-graduate qualification (e.g., Masters or PhD) in clinical and/or health psychology. Previous experience of trial and research project coordination in mental health research within NHS Trusts in the UK is desirable.


You can find out more about the job description/person specification and submit your application here.


For further information, please contact our Chief Investigator, Dr Trish Gooding on Patricia.A.Gooding@manchester.ac.uk



[1] Gooding, P.A., Pratt, D., Awenat, Y. et al. A psychological intervention for suicide applied to non-affective psychosis: the CARMS (Cognitive AppRoaches to coMbatting Suicidality) randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC Psychiatry 20, 306 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-020-02697-8