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Band 8b Psychologist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
8 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Community Perinatal Mental Health Services are looking for an experienced, dynamic, self-motivated and passionate 8b Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist.

Having just secured additional funding, the Community Perinatal Service is going through an exciting period of expansion in order to meet the commitments of the NHS Long Term Plan.

The successful applicant will be joining an established but fast paced and developing Psychology service and they will be required to be innovative in their thinking in order to meet the demands of the service whilst working alongside the teams to deliver high quality care which we are proud of.

Whilst the post will be covering the four geographical areas, this can be discussed and negotiated to agree working from one of the four bases.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work across our four developing community perinatal teams in Devon as well as our newly developed Maternal Mental Health Service.

Whilst we have an established Psychology structure, with the expansion of service, we are now in a position to develop our Psychology leadership structure.

The successful applicant will play a key role in the ongoing development of our Psychology offer as well as offering senior clinical leadership and oversight of the service. They will be joining a very experienced and motivated leadership team who are committed to further improving the quality of care for perinatal women and families.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust Perinatal Service is a well-established service and we have been awarded for our exceptional work at a national level (Positive Practice in Mental Health - Community Perinatal Team 2016 winner). We have close working partnerships with our local Maternity Departments, University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, Talkworks (IAPT), Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) and MBU Outreach Team as well as the Trusts well-respected Research Department.

A visit is strongly recommended.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • Essential
  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (D.Clin.Psychol. or equivalent), eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist Status in the British Psychological Society
  • Or
  • Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology as accredited by the HCPC (or equivalent qualifications as assessed by the HPC).
  • Or
  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (or equivalent as assessed by the HCPC).
  • Or
  • Psychotherapist trained to Masters level or equivalent in a specific psychological therapy and registered with an appropriate recognised professional body and/or accreditation with relevant regulatory body.
  • Further training or equivalent experience in working with adults with complex mental health needs during the perinatal period.
  • Further training in parent-infant psychotherapy


  • Desirable
  • Further training in working with people who have experienced complex trauma
  • Further training in at least one psychological therapy
  • IT Skills



  • Essential
  • Significant experience of working with adults and with adults and infants with serious relationship difficulties.
  • Substantial theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge in relation to the treatment of serious mental health disturbances (adults/children/infants) and clinical experience working with complex cases in adult or child mental health services.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience in undertaking leadership roles within clinical psychology/psychological therapy services in the NHS and in contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and clinical policies in multi-disciplinary, multi-agency contexts.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.



  • Broad knowledge of specialist mental health services for mothers and their infants and of the wider network of mental health services in the NHS.
  • Extensive knowledge of the skills, practice and knowledge base of Psychological theory and Psychological Therapies for both adults and children
  • Knowledge of newborns, early infancy and child development and theories of child and infant mental health.
  • Knowledge of evidence based approaches for working with parents-infants.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures relating to Child Protection.
  • Knowledge of the policy context of the specialist service within the organisation and of clinical leadership arrangements in this setting.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex data analysis
  • A good knowledge of and ability to work with current NHS drivers in mental health

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Wonford House

Dryden Road




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