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Perinatal Highly specialised Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Lincoln, Boston or Grantham
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Nov 2023
At Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, our Perinatal Team is driven by a shared passion for patient care and staff well-being. We take pride in creating a supportive and inclusive work environment, which has earnt us recognition as one of the best mental health and learning disability Trusts in the country. We are also honoured to be the number one Trust for staff morale.

We're looking for a highly specialised Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to provide individual and systematic support to women and their families within a rural community setting. The focus in this role will be on delivering formulation based and NICE recommended psychological interventions and treatments to women with moderate to severe mental health problems, who are either pregnant or within the perinatal period.

Your well-being matters to us, so you can choose from flexible hours, part-time or hybrid working arrangements to suit your lifestyle. You'll only work between Monday to Friday, with no weekend, bank holiday, or out-of-hours requirements. We offer a vast amount of training and development opportunities including access to specialist training such as EMDR and you'll be able to develop an area of special interest to suit your own style of working.

If you aren't local, we can provide you with a relocation package of up to �8,000 allowance. If you would be interested in relocating then Lincolnshire is a very appealing place to live.

Main duties of the job

To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for the assessment, intervention, and evaluation of adults referred to the LPfT Perinatal Service, where the presenting difficulties and concerns can be managedas a psychologically based intervention.To exercise full responsibility for the management of incoming referrals, the waiting list, allocation of Service Users, workload of staff members in the Perinatal Service and Maternal Mental Health Service and decisions about the nature of the service provided and point of discharge.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for the assessment, treatment and discharge ofadults referred to the Perinatal Service and their families, where the presenting difficulties and concerns can be managed as a psychologically based intervention.To exercise full responsibility for the management of incoming referrals, the waiting list, allocation of Service Users, workload of staff members in the service and decisions about the nature of the service provided and point of discharge.To ensure the systematic provision of a highly specialist clinical psychology service to clients referred into the Perinatal Service with particular emphasis on the assessment, formulation, treatment and/or consultation of complex psychological difficulties, maintaining own highlyspecialist caseload.To ensure the provision of highly specialist clinical and professional line management supervision and support to staff working in the Perinatal Service and the Maternal Mental Health Service, including recruitment of staff.The post holder will have specialist training and experience and will be expected to work autonomously within professional guidelines as well as liaise closely with other professionals.They will provide supervision and consultation to other psychologists and professionals and they will provide regular placements to trainee clinical psychologists. The post holder will use their research skills to undertake research and development and audit activities and will participate inCPD, LPFTs annual staff appraisal and other developmental activities.To provide and promote awareness, skill development and effective action in staff working with adults with perinatal mental health problems in community settings, through advice, support, specialist consultation, liaison, training, and supervision.To represent the Perinatal Service and Maternal Mental Health Service in relationships with other agencies and care providers, and to provide advice and leadership in respect of psychological aspects of client careTo ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards and practice, through the active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.To ensure the development and articulation of best practice in psychology within the service area and contribute across the service by exercising the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychologyand related disciplines.To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the Health Care Professions Council andTrust policies and procedures.To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.To manage the workloads of clinical psychologists, cognitive behaviour therapists, assistant and trainee clinical psychologists within the framework of the Perinatal Services policies and procedures.To be involved, as appropriate, in the short-listing and interviewing of clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, and other staff as required

Person Specification



  • BPS accredited honours degree in Psychology
  • A Doctorate in Clinical Psychology accredited by the BPS and HCPC (or equivalent)
  • Clinical supervision training for doctorate clinical psychology trainees
  • Registered member of HCPC


  • Additional training in at least one therapy related to the post.



  • Strong experience of business development in the NHS
  • Development in conjunction with others, and use of information systems to support effective working practices
  • Significant experience of leading projects/ business cases/ tenders to completion
  • Experience of responding successfully to tenders to secure new business
  • Experience in delivering change within complex organisations
  • Evidence of negotiating and influencing in a complex and sensitive environment
  • Experience of operational management of clinical services
  • Financial acumen with an understanding of SLM/R principles
  • Understanding of health service issues, strategy and national policy agenda as it effects provider services
  • Ability to provide and present highly complex and sensitive information
  • Understanding of all aspects of risk management


  • Experience of working with key stakeholders
  • Track record of leading a patient experience agenda to improve patient experience and care outcomes

Skills and Competences


  • A high level of interpersonal skills are needed, including : Ability to communicate highly complex/sensitive information to clients and their carers and to relevant staff in a constructive and understandable way. Ability to deal sensitively and constructively when in highly emotive and/or hostile situations - with clients, carers, staff. Extensive knowledge of potential barriers to understanding and ability to adjust modes of communication accordingly. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Ability to build good working relationships with clients, colleagues and staff. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to seek help and guidance as appropriate.
  • A high level of analytical and judgemental knowledge and skill is required so can and interpret and compare a range of complex information and options, sometimes conflicting, and make appropriate psychological formulations and provide expert psychological opinion for clinical cases to provide a psychology service response for service development analyse
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own caseload and oversee the caseloads and priorities of other staff responsible for
  • Ability to hold full responsibility for the planning and organising of the psychology provision within the Perinatal Services, taking into account client needs and risks and staff availability and experience
  • Ability to meet management and clinical deadlines
  • Ability to contribute to policy and service development forums and propose service changes and developments
  • Experience of providing professional and clinical supervision to clinical psychologists to psychologists to other professionals who provide services to adults presenting with complex mental health concerns and their families.
  • Experience of carrying out staff appraisals and reviews
  • Good keyboard skills
  • Ability to use a range of psychometric test equipment
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to use computer to communicate by email to keep up-to-date client records and databases to respond to performance report queries in accordance with the Health Trust's, the HCPC's guidance
  • Doctoral level or equivalent knowledge of research design and methodology, including multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of relevant child protection, safeguarding and mental health legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management when working with adults and their families/carers
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as dictated by the HCPC



  • Knowledge of professional guidelines set out by HCPC and LPfT. Capable of interpreting these guidelines and policies and taking action as appropriate



  • Ability to frequently sit in a restricted position - during client/family appointments working at a computer
  • Ability to maintain prolonged and intense concentration
  • Ability to cope with and deal with highly distressing and highly emotional circumstances relating to clinical cases e.g., family breakdown child abuse
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold ' the stress of others
  • Ability to deal with potentially
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