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Applied Psychologist or Accredited Psychological Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

We are excited to offer this opportunity to join our Maternity Mental Health Service. Our small, specialist service of passionate clinicians supports the delivery of psychologically-informed care within maternity services across Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. We offer psychological assessment, formulation and therapy for those experiencing mental health difficulties directly relating to their maternity journey. This might include, for example, tokophobia (severe fear of childbirth), birth trauma and/or antenatal anxiety associated with previous baby loss.

We are looking for someone to support the service provision particularly in Southampton and New Forest area and more widely across the service. Remote working is possible for a proportion of the time, though candidates should have a willingness to travel to be regularly present at maternity bases and community sites in Southampton and the surrounding areas. Clinical skills in evidence-based psychological therapies for trauma and experience of providing supervision are essential.

You will join a friendly and supportive group of colleagues, who pride themselves on offering high quality, holistic care. You will have regular supervision, access to Trust health and well-being services, and support to pursue training and development opportunities. The successful post-holder will be line managed by the Maternity Mental Health Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Main duties of the job

*Supporting a psychologically-informed framework of understanding and care within local maternity services.

*Assessing and formulating the mental health needs of people experiencing difficulties directly related to their maternity experience (including tokophobia, birth trauma, antenatal anxiety and perinatal bereavement).

*Providing evidence-based psychological therapy, as outlined by the NICE Guidelines and Quality Standards Pathway for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health Care.

*Delivering education and training for staff within maternity services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

*Offering specialist consultation and psychological supervision for maternity staff (including the Specialist Mental Health Midwives, Birth Reflections Midwives and Bereavement Midwives).

*Participating in service improvement, audit, and research projects.

*Demonstrating observable outcomes and impact of their work.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) in Clinical Psychology or Counselling Psychology and registered with the Health Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • OR
  • RMN, Dip SW, Dip OT, BSc OT and accreditation by an appropriate psychotherapy organisation (e.g. BABCP, EMDR Europe).
  • OR
  • Postgraduate Diploma from High Intensity IAPT Course and accreditation by an appropriate psychotherapy organisation (e.g. BABCP).
  • Training in evidence-based psychological therapies for trauma (e.g. trauma focused CBT and/or EMDR).
  • Training in the provision of Clinical Supervision.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development activities.

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