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Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist/ Family Therapist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the development and delivery of a specialist team supporting families experiencing difficulties with the parent-infant relationship.

The Little Minds Matter: Bradford Infant Mental Health Service is a Better Start Bradford Project. Better Start Bradford is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We also have additional funding through the Reducing Inequalities in Communities programme to support families across Bradford City. We are delivered by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Family Action. The current funding arrangements are in place until March 2024 and other sources are being explored to enable the service to continue.

This post would suit a psychologist, family therapist or psychotherapist interested in working with families. The post holder will have experience assessing and offering interventions around relationship difficulties, managing risk and working in a community setting. An interest in working in the area of infant mental health is required, however, previous experience in family and / or adult mental health settings will have provided the post holder with transferrable skills. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be a team player with good organisational skills who is able to manage a varied workload of clinical work, consultation and training.

Closing Date: 3rd July 2022

Interview Date: 7th July 2022

Main duties of the job

This is a unique opportunity for you to join a highly committed team to:
  • Work with families during pregnancy and up to a child's second birthday, supporting parent-infant relationships
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across maternity, family, mental health and voluntary services
  • Develop skills in consultation, training and leadership
  • Improve professional and public recognition of Infant Mental Health
  • Educate and train other professionals who work with infants and their families on effective strategies for promoting healthy social and emotional wellbeing in very young children

About us

Bradford District Care Trust is an award-winning Trust that provides a range of innovative services that have been recognised as best practice nationally. As a provider of care for people of all ages who have mental and/or community health needs we are dedicated to providing a high-quality service, close to where people live and as much as possible tailored to an individual's needs.

The Trust's purpose is to create connected communities and help people to feel as healthy as they can be at every point in their lives and our vision is to connect people to the best quality care, when and where they need it and be a national role model as an employer and provide our staff with the best place to work.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values:

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To work within a multi-disciplinary pathway delivering effective mental health care to mothers, fathers, carers and their infants from conception until a babys second birthday.
  • To support a caseload of individuals and families experiencing attachment, bonding, or parent-infant relationship issues across Bradford City, including the Better Start Bradford areas of Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • To support specialist training, consultation and supervision to the wider health visiting and early years workforce regarding parent-infant relationship issues.
  • To provide consultation, support and advice on best practice and recognised clinical practice supporting women and families with children 0-2 years.
  • To support the adherence to relevant national guidance and best practice on parent-infant relationships and Infant Mental Health.
  • To contribute to the Services on-going development, including evaluation, research, development activities and development of links with other key early years agencies.

Please see the job specification for further information

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, as accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Good relevant honours degree, or recognised equivalent.
  • Other related pre-training professional qualifications or equivalent.
  • Doctorate Level 6 year ACP accredited training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy which includes a minimum of 4 years' full time clinical training and one's own intensive analysis.
  • Full member of Association of Child Psychotherapists(ACP).
  • Completed a Masters qualifying level training course accredited by AFT
  • Be registered or eligible to register with UKCP
  • Leadership training and development
  • Previous experience of working with perinatal difficulties and parent infant work
  • Further post-graduate training and evidence of continued professional development.
  • Relevant specialist clinical courses / training.
Experience Essential
  • Experience working with parents / families.
  • Experience and understanding of working within safeguarding procedures, guidelines and processes.
  • Experience of working to address health inequalities
  • Experience of working collaboratively with other professionals within the health economy and from other organisations.
  • Experience of working with parent-infant relationships
  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice
  • Experience delivering therapeutic interventions to groups of clients.
  • Clinical leadership experience.
Knowledge Essential
  • Research awareness in the field of infant mental health.
  • Leadership and management awareness.
  • Knowledge and understanding of other supporting agencies and voluntary organisations.
  • Knowledge and experience of child development
  • Knowledge and understanding of child protection procedures
  • Knowledge of relevant government policy and professional issues.
  • Understanding of the determinants of health and health inequalities.
  • Involvement in clinical research programmes.
  • Doctoral / master's level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis.
  • Interventions to support parent-infant relationships.

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