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Senior Mental Health Clinician (Clin. Psychologist/PI Psychotherapist)

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro-rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023
This service focuses on the very special relationship between parents and infants that develops in the early years of a child's life. It aims to support families to promote a loving, connected, and secure relationship between primary caregivers' and their babies, which lays the positive foundation for health and well-being that lasts into adulthood.

We work with families who have found that that building a warm relationship with their baby does not come naturally or easily. We do this by working with parents and carers to build on the care-giving strengths they have, whilst recognising and acknowledging the challenges they face in developing a positive relationship with their baby.

Please note that should we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert earlier than advertised.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as part of a newly established pilot parent-infant relationship service. This small team will provide dedicated support to families in the postnatal period who are experiencing difficulties impacting on the relationship with their baby, with the aim of helping parents to be the best possible parent they can be to their baby. The team strives to offer high quality, evidence-based specialist advice, assessment and interventions.

The post holder will provide specialist clinical intervention to families, supervision, consultation and training to staff/the wider system, as well as using their skills for audit, service development and research. They will be expected to work autonomously within professional guidelines, as well as supporting a small team.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide psychological assessments of parent-infant relationships and the wider family context, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.

To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon psychological theory and evidence and which incorporates biological, psychological and social aspects.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions 1:1 and in group settings, that will enhance the parent-infant relationship, adjusting and refining approach by reviewing and evolving the hypotheses and formulation, and making use of different explanatory models as appropriate.

To evaluate and make decisions about intervention options within the team, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models associated with parent-infant relationships, and focusing on enhancing the attachment and bonding process through the perinatal period using current research.

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 parent-infant relationship and child psychological development advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals, that enhances staff confidence, and contributes directly towards clients care.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Cambridge Community Services and inter-agency policies and procedures.

To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of assessment, formulation, intervention and outcome, in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including parents/carers and other professionals.

To work as an active member of an integrated multi-disciplinary team, participating in the teams assessment of needs, planning, implementation and evaluation of care to families under the care of the team.

To work with partners, siblings and wider family members as required, in order to help them to support the development of the parent-infant relationship.

To attend relevant professional meetings regarding families care, bringing a parent-infant relationship perspective to formulating a families presenting difficulties.

To plan and prioritise workload, exercising autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of families.

To gain additional specialist experience and skills relevant to the post, as agreed with the professional and service managers, and in line with professional policy on CPD.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence / Registered with the HCPC
  • Successful completion of post graduate psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy which is approved and monitored by the Association of Child Psychotherapists. / Practising Psychotherapist who is a fully qualified registered member of the relevant accrediting body e.g. UKCP, ACP, BPC or BACP



  • Experience of psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-client settings
  • Demonstrates understanding of safeguarding issues, and has an ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable children/young people/vulnerable adults
  • Shows a realistic appreciation of the challenges of working with children and young people/vulnerable adults

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge of theoretical models and practice of specialised psychological interventions relevant to the needs of this population
  • Advanced knowledge of infant/child development, infant/child mental health, attachment theory and the impact of trauma
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


2 Phorpres Close

Cygnet Park, Hampton



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