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Principal Perinatal Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year per annum (Pro Rata For Part time)
Closing date
7 Jun 2023
Due to significant investment in Perinatal Mental Health Services as part of the Long Term Plan, we seek to appoint a Principal Clinical Psychologist that will be able to lead and shape the provision of Psychological Therapies to the families under the care of Perinatal Mental Health Services in Nottinghamshire.

We're investing heavily in our staff, facilities and patient care. As we move into this new chapter, we need a strong, motivated and compassionate workforce to reflect our core values of Honesty, Compassion, Trust, Respect and Teamwork. There has never been a better time to join our growing team, providing high quality care to the vast geographical area that we cover.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust supports staff in reaching their full potential and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to succeed.

Main duties of the job

Community Perinatal Mental Health Team are part of the Specialist Services directorate and co-located on the Hopewood site with Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services. We are a Nationally Accredited Service with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We provide assessment and treatment to women with a range of mental health needs related to the perinatal period. The Team provides a service to the City and County of Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw with clinics located across this geography.Our core purpose is to work with expectant mothers and mothers to address their mental health needs and mitigate any impact on the unborn baby and infant. We aim to improve the health outcomes for mothers with the provision of a timely, integrated, high quality, effective, multi-disciplinary county wide service.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands. We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career.

Join our team of nearly 9000 making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

We are offering an exciting opportunity to be part of a rapidly developing Perinatal Mental Health Team. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan commitments, Perinatal services are now able to offer increased access to psychological therapies for women and their families across Nottinghamshire. This post would appeal to someone who would like to work systemically across maternity, statutory and voluntary sectors, and who is interested in further service development and co-production. An interest in supporting and supervising a developing staff team with a range of therapeutic interests is also key.

Please note that this is a secondment or fixed-term position.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of highly complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients psychological problems including developmental background, long term personality adaptations, interpersonal patterns of relating, service and diagnostic issues. These plans will be based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations which draw upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To ensure that all members of the treating team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, highly complex/sensitive information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team, particularly where there are conflicting opinions about the multiple options available for assessment and intervention.
  • To provide formal and informal clinical advice and support to clinical psychologists and senior clinical psychologists developing their specialist expertise.

  • Person Specification



    • Post graduate doctorate or equivalent in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS
    • Health Professions Council registration
    • Appropriate post qualification training supporting young people with highly complex mental health needs and their families.
    • Eligible for Graduate Membership and chartered clinical psychologist status of BPS


    • Additional Training in treatment models / interventions appropriate to patient care.



    • Considerable period of assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist with women with mental illness related to the perinatal period.
    • Experience of providing specialist clinical psychology services to women with serious mental illness
    • Experience of working across a broad range of care groups including psychosis, trauma, depression, OCD, and anxiety
    • Working with a wide range of populations including clients from BME groups
    • Experience of consultation and training across Perinatal Psychiatry and other allied health teams working with women with complex mental health needs and their families
    • Provision of clinical supervision and training to clinical psychologists and practitioners from other professional groups
    • Experience of multiagency working in developing, planning, and delivering specialist inpatient and outreach services including the development clinical resources and care pathways


    • Experience of applying systemic therapy to working with women and their families
    • Experience of working within Perinatal Psychiatry or able to identify cross over skills from own work experience



    • Knowledge of the theory and practices of specialist psychological therapies as practiced within the field of Perinatal Clinical Psychology
    • Knowledge of approaches or models of working relevant to Perinatal Psychiatry e.g. systemic models, behavioural, attachment
    • Knowledge of guidelines including national policy or drivers informing best practice within mental services for the patient group and their families.
    • Knowledge of research and models of good practice that inform direct and indirect working


    • Knowledge of guidelines and policy informing best practice for Perinatal Psychiatry Community Teams.
    • Experience of presentation/ teaching.
    • Publications/ research experience



    • Experience of delivering specialist assessment and interventions to cover a broad range of complex mental health needs
    • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment options of clients
    • Skilled in developing planning bids/reports to support service development


    • Experience of delivering specialist assessment and interventions within perinatal psychiatry

    Contractual Requirements


    • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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