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I am a specialist group psychotherapist. For 24 years I have been running a group psychotherapy service. I don't do any clinical management of Trust wide psychological services. The 4 jobs are Trust wide clinical management jobs that I have no experience of doing, for example, organising recruitment, auditing, research etc. I just treat patients who have complex mental health problems using my expertise as a psychotherapist. I also supervise other clinicians who do group psychotherapy.
I would lose my specialism (if I could do these jobs) which wouldn't necessarily prevent me from getting another specialist job. But that isn't the point. I am 67 and ready to quit the job. I would like to be made redundant and don't want to be forced to apply for jobs that I can't do and don't want to do, on the threat of losing redundancy rights if I don't apply.
Do I risk losing my redundancy rights if I don't apply for one of the 4 jobs? Thats my my most pressing concern, as I don't feel competent to do those jobs. That must be different to being offered a suitable alternative job and then refusing it.
Thank you. Thats helpful to know. There are 3 full time jobs. One relates to a patient group that I have no current expertise in, so there would be no point in applying for that post I would assume. The 2nd job requires the post holder to travel around the whole Trust and appears to have no clinical case load as well as requiring managerial expertise that I don't possess. My job is purely clinical and is local to Watford. So would that be seen as not broadly equivalent to my current job? The 3rd job is the only one that perhaps the Trust could argue is broadly similar (but in my opinion it isn't) but I don't meet the person specs in terms of management experience etc. Do I have to apply for all 3 jobs in order that the Trust can't say I have refused suitable alternative employment and what about the 3rd job where I don't meet the person specs?
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