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Perinatal Clinical Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
22 Sep 2023
The Mental Health division of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust comprises of three directorates Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Services for Older People and Specialist Services. More than 2,800 dedicated staff provide vital and integral healthcare services for our patients in a variety of settings, ranging from community through to acute wards, covering a vast geographical area.

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.

We have exciting opportunities across different specialities and services, with an emphasis on career development and progression. We want to help our staff reach their full potential, and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to succeed.

Main duties of the job

Nottinghamshire Perinatal Mental Health Team is a multidisciplinary, well-established service providing tailored approaches to meet the mental health needs of women and their families in the perinatal period.

Due to significant investment as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, we are delighted that we are now able to develop the psychological provision within this team.

In addition, we have also developed a Perinatal Trauma and Bereavement Service that is integrated within the existing provision. This service focuses on mental health difficulties associated with loss, trauma and tokophobia in the perinatal period.

We are keen to develop the services by offering both full time and part time permanent opportunities at both Band 8a and Band 7. For those interested in Band 7 positions we would encourage applications from those who are more recently qualified or about to qualify. For Band 7 applicants we are able to offer progression to Band 8A on completion of a portfolio of competencies.

Band 8a applicant should be able to demonstrate more extensive in work experience relevant to the post.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

Perinatal Mental Health Services in Nottinghamshire is expanding. We are keen to recruit Clinical Psychologists who are passionate about the emotional wellbeing of women in the perinatal period and their infants. We are able to offer an 8a post if you have post-registration skills and experience of working in a similar field. If you are newly qualified or have very limited experience, we are able to offer a preceptorship post with agreed competencies to support you towards an 8a post.

You will have opportunity to undertake initial assessments and direct one to one and group based therapeutic work with women experiencing a wide range of mental health problems, often relating to complex trauma or attachment difficulties. You will also have opportunity for indirect working, offering supervision, consultation and training to both colleagues within the MDT, and the wider maternity system. The service is also seeking to develop psychological interventions across multiple pathways within and between services, and so you will be invited to contribute to innovative service design and improvement.

Specific banding requirements are within the attached documents for Band 7 or Band 8a applicants.

We are keen to recruit people who enjoy working in multi-disciplinary teams and who are creative, adaptable and responsive to the needs of the service. We are looking for someone who is passionate about working with women and their families and whose values and principles are aligned with the organisation, including compassion, and a person/ family-centred focus.

These posts offer a supportive team working environment, with a commitment to supervision.

You will be a car owner/driver and hold a current driving licence, unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. In return for your skills and commitment we offer investment in personal development, access to the NHS Pension Scheme, generous holiday entitlement and flexible working opportunities.

Due to significant financial investment in psychological provision across both perinatal and maternal mental health services, we welcome applicants that are interested in working across one or both pathways. There is opportunity for professional development within a supportive department, with additional training being actively encouraged. We also have good links with the local Clinical Psychology Doctoral courses.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the Health Professions Council
  • Experience of working with women and their families who have a range of complex mental health difficulties
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management which inform clinically competent assessments including mental state, risk and the development of a formulation of difficulties/problems.
  • Experience of caseload management, including working with clients with a wide range of mental health difficulties
  • Experience of developing and delivering specialist training packages regarding mental health and risk
  • Experience and competence in providing consultation and liaison to a wide range of professionals.
  • Experience of MDT work and effectively working within other disciplines.
  • Experience of providing evidence-based interventions for users of the service.
  • Experience of working systemically within a mental health setting and experience of multi-disciplinary and agency working including health and social care
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision in relation to complex cases to junior staff and peers.
  • Experience of audit, research and analytical skills
  • Demonstrates experience of providing care that is sensitive to the needs of minority groups.
  • Experience of involvement: communicating with service users and key stakeholders to reflect on and develop services


  • Experience of work with adults with complex mental health problems
  • Experience of working with people with trauma, loss and grief.



  • Understanding and working knowledge of mental health and/or perinatal mental health.
  • Knowledge of current Mental Health policy and Legislation.
  • Knowledge and experience of Safeguarding Adults and Children practice
  • Knowledge of policy drivers for mental health and perinatal mental health.
  • Working knowledge and experience of the provision of therapeutic approaches and interventions with women associated with loss and/or trauma.
  • Very high level of interpersonal and communication skills enabling written and oral presentation and receipt of complex and sensitive information, to facilitate acceptance and relate effectively in an emotive and hostile environment
  • Specialist assessment and therapeutic skills with a broad range of adult mental health problems.
  • Awareness of, and ability to assess and manage risk
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Knowledge of current legislation and guidance for clinical practice and professional management in relation to people with adult mental health problems



  • Good Honours degree in Psychology giving eligibility for Graduate membership of the BPS
  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the B.P.S., and giving eligibility for membership of Health Care Professions Council HCPC
  • The post holder must be registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC.


  • Additional training in therapeutic modality



  • Ability to provide consultation to other non-psychology colleagues, and teaching and training skills
  • Ability to make judgements in complex clinical situations through assessment, analysis and interpretation of information and deciding on appropriate action from a range of options
  • Ability to identify clinical governance issues and contribute to the improvement of standards and practice
  • Ability to work autonomously whilst being able to work as an integral part of the MDT.
  • Highly developed verbal and written, influencing, negotiation and communication skills
  • Ability to network and liaise with a wide range of other people and services
  • Skills in clinical and managerial leadership of others
  • Skills in planning, development and implementation of services relevant to this post
  • Specialist and sound assessment skills including risk assessment and management.
  • Ability to manage complex cases, analyse complex information and offer sound clinical guidance advise and make effective decisions
  • Skills in managing serious untoward incidents.
  • Ability to act on own initiative to resolve clinical or managerial issues
  • Effective organisational skills
  • Good IT skills.
  • Computer literacy


  • Assessment and therapeutic skills related to complex, severe and enduring Mental Health Problems.

Contractual Requirements


  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork

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