Perinatal Parent-Infant Psychotherapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
9 Oct 2023
Band 7 Perinatal Parent-Infant Psychotherapist- Specialist Perinatal Community Mental Health Team (SPCMHT)

Post is based in Central and West Lancashire Specialist Perinatal CMHT (Leyland House, Leyland, with travel across footprint)

**Due to extensive travel requirements, this post meets criteria for essential car user**

Are you an experienced and compassionate parent-infant psychotherapist who is committed to relational working, and who wants to make a positive difference to families and colleagues? If so, then please consider joining us! The Lancashire and South Cumbria SPCMHT Perinatal Service has a reputation for providing kind and expert care to women, their families and babies during the perinatal period (conception up to two years). We are a multidisciplinary service and work closely with partner agencies, including Maternity Services, Health Visiting, Adult Mental Health Services and the Reproductive Trauma Service.

In order to meet ambitions set out in the NHS Long-Term Plan for Mental Health, we are expanding our psychological workforce to include greater access to parent-infant interventions. We therefore have a really exciting opportunity for two Parent-Infant Psychotherapists to join our service.

Main duties of the job

You would be well supported, and work closely with our Lead Parent Infant Psychotherapist, our Consultant Clinical Psychologist, therapy colleagues and the wider MDT. You will help to help shape and deliver our parent infant-pathways and ensure baby is at the heart of our work.

You will have the opportunity to influence clinical care at every level, from holding a varied clinical caseload, to offering consultation, supervision and training, to playing a key role in service development and quality improvement work.

We can offer you lots of opportunities for training and continued professional development and a friendly and supportive working environment.

If you are interested in the posts we would encourage you to make contact with us to find out more about the role and we would be happy to arrange for you to come along and meet us.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role

Person Specification



  • Qualified Adult or Child Psychotherapy/ Clinical or Counselling Psychology that has been accepted by the HCPC/ BPC/ UKCP/ ACP for purposes of professional registration.
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of practice (Parent-Infant Psychotherapy/Psychoanalytic Baby Observation 18mnth-2 yrs) through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher
  • Registered with the HCPC/ BPC/ UKCP/ ACP/BACP as a Psychological Therapist or Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the registering body.



  • Parent Infant Mental Health specialist knowledge is essential including:
  • Knowledge of new-born, early infancy and child development, theories of infant and child mental health.
  • Knowledge of developmental trauma and ACES and the impact on parent infant relationship



  • Working knowledge of attachment and child development
  • Specialist experience of working with Parents and Infants/children as a Psychotherapist, utilising psychoanlytic approaches as necessary for Psychotherapy with Parents and their infants.
  • A resilience to working with infants in traumatic circumstances, and to offer containment to other team members impacted by the emotional impact of the work.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Leyland House


PR25 3UQ

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert