Parent Infant Therapist

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

Parent Infant Therapist/Clinical Psychologist/Social Worker/Occupational Therapist/Nursing (HV/RMN) - Parent And Infant Relationship Service

We are seeking a highly specialist individual who is enthusiastic and passionate about Parent Infant Relationship work and Infant Mental Health to join our new service in Blackpool.

The service is in its recruitment phase, we have recently recruited our Clinical Lead - a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who will be bringing a wealth of experience in this field, along with our Clinical Lead we do have a number of dedicated and committed practitioners who are now in post and ready to start on this exciting venture for families and babies in our area.

The Blackpool Parent Infant Relationship Service aims to provide specialist assessment and intervention for Parents and Families, along with evidence based interventions.

We will be working to bring together multi-disciplinary staff and expertise, so that we can offer the following to our community:-
  • Psychological interventions that are evidenced based and in Iine with NICE Guidelines
  • Specialist early interventions
  • Trauma informed approaches
  • Peer worker support, groups or 1:1
  • Assessment and signposting to onward support for partners of those accessing services.
  • Support to improve the parent infant relationship, bonding and parenting support strategies.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be part of the Blackpool Parent Infant Relationship Service supporting the development of the service in Blackpool.
  • The post holder will provide specialist parent infant relationship/infant mental health advice and support to parents and families.
  • To provide specialist parent infant relationship/infant mental health advice, support and training for clinicians and other relevant multiagency partners.
  • The post holder will have continuous responsibility for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the health needs of a defined population.
  • The post holder will assist in the development and implementation of policies, pathways and protocols that support and improve the parent infant relationship and infant mental health, and will provide evidence and guidance. The specialist will work across a range of settings and organisational boundaries to support staff working in the community.
  • The post holder will work in partnership with individuals, families and communities and collaborate with the wider multi-agency team in accordance with the local and national public health agenda.
  • The postholder will provide a training and development aspect which involves acting as a specialist resource and contributing to multi-agency training of relevant professionals across Blackpool.
  • The post holder will be expected to offer consultation and clinical supervision to professional colleagues.

For further details - see the attached Job Description.

About us

Working for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will provide you with lots of opportunity to develop your skills and further your career. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and North Lancashire.

As a Trust we are committed to:
  • Developing new roles and ways of working to ensure a flexible and innovative approach to staff.
  • Real equality of opportunity.
  • Continual development and learning for staff.
  • Achieving a work life balance.

We are committed to the effective recruitment, retention and development for our employees, which is why we offer a great working environment, an attractive range of benefits and excellent opportunities for training and development.

The Trust is accredited as a disability Confident employer. That means we recognise our obligations to ensure people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity to enter employment and progress if and where possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be based in the Blackpool Parent Infant Relationship Service. The Blackpool Parent Infant Relationship Service work predominantly with children aged 0-2 year old and their families, but will provide therapeutic interventions to the 3-5 cohort working in partnership with CAMHS and universal health to ensure that children and their families are able to access support where there are difficulties in the nurturing relationship.

For further information on the Job Description and main responsibilities, Please see the attached Job Description.

Please also read the attached Person Specification to ensure you have the relevant criteria for the post.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Social Work (CQSW/Dip SW)
  • Specialist Community Public Health Practitioner Bsc Hons
  • Registered nursing (RMN)
  • Degree / Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Professional registration with the HCPC or relevant professional body


  • Supervision qualification
  • Evidence of post-qualifying continuing professional development relevant to perinatal/parent infant mental health



  • Pre or Post-qualification experience working with families and or perinatal & infant mental health
  • Experience of assessment, formulation and intervention with clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course, presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary teamwork
  • Experience of working collaboratively with other professionals within the health economy and from other organisations.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience and understanding of working within safeguarding procedures, guidelines and processes


  • Experience of working with families with complex mental health difficulties in the perinatal period.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with the relationship between parents and their infants.
  • Experience of delivering therapeutic group work.
  • Experience of teaching & training using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to perinatal mental health.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in relation specifically to perinatal and infant mental health.
  • Personal experience of coping with life stressors.



  • Ability to plan and prioritise own caseload.
  • Ability to assess, diagnose, treat or refer within own professional competencies.
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds, cultures and of different ages.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical & or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Appreciation of the interface between personal and professional lives, high level of self-awareness and knowledge of principles of self-care.
  • Ability to assess and manage risk.
  • Ability to work with families with various levels of need, including child protection
  • Ability to recognise and challenge discrimination.
  • Ability to identify and employ methods of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to respecting and displaying the Trust Values at all times
  • Comittment to relational working within the perinatal & parent infant relationship field.
  • oThe postholder may need to work between sites during the working day which would require frequent use of transportation and mobility between sites carrying relevant resources

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