Practitioner Psychologist

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year
Closing date
19 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Job summary

Hours per week: 30

STSFT have developed one of the first Maternal Mental Health Services within the Region. MMHS aims to provide trauma informed care for patients accessing our maternity services. You will form part of an established and supportive team and continue to help embed this new service. The Service provides psychological support for mothers and birthing people struggling with moderate to severe or complex psychological distress. This may include post-traumatic stress disorder following a traumatic birth, perinatal loss of severe fear of childbirth. The Service also seeks to support to fathers and birthing partners.

The Service was developed as part of a fast-follower bid and we are proud we have been able to continue past this pilot. The Service will work with service users and key stakeholders to ensure the Service model meets local population need, and help to improve access to psychological support for those who may benefit.

The Team consists of a senior psychologist, practitioner psychologist/ CBT practitioner, perinatal mental health midwife and administrative support. The Service will work closely with maternity services and reproductive services, and has close links with Perinatal Mental Health Teams and local IAPT services.

Main duties of the job

This role is well-suited to someone who has an interest in working within perinatal and maternity services and working as part of a wider MDT. You will have specialist knowledge in trauma interventions and trauma informed care. As a Band 8a Post there are opportunities for service development, evaluation and the supervision of junior members of staff.

You may have previous experiences of working within physical health services or with physical health conditions. There are opportunities to form part of Specialist Interest Groups both regionally and nationally, and you will be supported to develop within your role.

There is flexibility with work patterns, including condensed hours.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will support the provision and delivery of high quality clinical psychology services within Maternal Mental Health Services.

You will provide psychological advice, consultation, training and supervision to non-psychological colleagues working within Maternity Services.

You will attend MDTs and provide specialist advice and expertise to other professional staff groups on psychological aspects of care.

To work jointly with members of the MDT to assess and offer psychological interventions that promotes rehabilitation and psychological wellbeing.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and other research activity.

To propose and implement policy changes within the specific areas of clinical responsibility.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of Trust policies and procedures.


Person Specification



  • Experience in applying clinical/counselling psychology within the NHS.
  • Experience of working within a multi-professional team.
  • Experience of working with adults who have physical health difficulties.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for patient's psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan with appropriate supervision.


  • Experience of working within maternity/ physical health services.
  • Experience of teaching and training non-psychologists in psychological therapy skills.
  • Experience of application of psychology in different cultural contexts.

Skills and knowledge


  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including lifespan of development psychology.
  • Models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies including CBT.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to use the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills both verbal and written +to convey/receive highly-complex/sensitive information effectively requiring empathy and reassurance in a highly-emotive atmosphere.
  • Ability to make clinical and service related judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of.
  • Excellent organisational skills to manage a range of clinical activities.
  • An ability to administer psychometric tests speedily and accurately.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology including complex multivariate data analysis as practised in clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for clinical practice.
  • An understanding of the importance and function of personal boundaries and how to manage and maintain them.
  • Knowledge of current issues in and opportunities for applying clinical psychology in a physical healthcare setting.


  • Relevant additional clinical experience working within maternity settings.
  • Experience of representing psychology within MDTs.
  • Trauma-informed approaches.

Personal qualities/attitude/other


  • Excellent organisational skills to with the ability to work autonomously and manage a range of clinical activities.
  • Ability to create effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Interest for a broad range of psychological phenomena, models of service delivery and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services to the wider multi-disciplinary team.
  • Interest for a broad of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery.
  • A commitment to the elevation and development of the Service through audit.
  • Willingness to provide a flexible and responsive service to meet the needs of a diverse and evolving service.
  • A commitment to the evaluation of the service through audit.


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  • A Degree in Psychology with eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership with British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Post-graduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology accredited by HCPC (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 as accredited by the BPS).
  • HCPC-Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist.


  • Additional training in relevant areas e.g. CBT, CFT, ACT, EMDR.
  • Supervisor training.

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