Specialist Perinatal Service preceptorship clinical Psychologist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£38,890 to £44,503 a year £38,890 - £44,503 per annum. Band 8a after preceptorship.
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Perinatal Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a ambitious clinical psychologist to be part of an expanding Specialist Perinatal Service, working collaboratively to deliver the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan. We welcome applications from newly qualified clinicians with a strong interest in working within perinatal services and current Band 7's who are looking to further develop their expertise.

We welcome applications from under-represented groups and in particular LGBTQ+ and BAME applicants.

IMPORTANT:The role will involve regular travel across multiple sites in the Mid-Mersey catchment area (Warrington, Halton, St Helens and Knowsley). Therefore, the post holder must be able to meet the travel requirements of this post.

This post is subject to an enhanced with children's and adult's barred list Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Main duties of the job

The clinical psychologist will be a key member of the Specialist Perinatal Service. The role will be to provide specialist assessment, formulation, and intervention within a multi-disciplinary team to women experiencing mental health difficulties whilst pregnant and up to 2 years post-delivery, and the network around them.

They will provide advice, guidance, joint work, consultation, and training within the multi-disciplinary team under supervision. They will be a specialist resource and contribute the teams knowledge and skills via case reviews, joint work and clinical meetings.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

To work as part of the multi-disciplinary team at the SPS, providing a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to women and birthing people. Will provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy, offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers and work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the trusts and teams policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

Clinical:To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures,rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses where appropriate.To evaluate, monitor progress and make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based enhanced care plans.To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

To ensure that all members of the clinical team have access to a psychologically basedframework for understanding and care of service users, through the provision of adviceand consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.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.To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, highly complex information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of service users under their care wherethere may be conflicting views, high emotion and significant barriers to understanding and change, and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team.

Teaching, training, and supervisionTo receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical psychology over and above that provided within the principal service area where the post holder is employed.To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.To provide professional and clinical supervision to assistant psychologists and, as appropriate, to contribute to the supervision of individual cases for trainee clinical psychologists.To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of all relevant staff, as appropriate.To provide advice, consultation, supervision and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

Management, recruitment, policy and service developmentTo contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit, including managing the pathway to clinical psychology within the team.To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.To be involved in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant psychologists and other member of staff as appropriate.The post holder will be expected to make full use of IT packages available within the work area, for example, Microsoft office, email, Rio, internet and statistical packages.

Service GovernanceTo utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.To undertake research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research as appropriate.To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.To undertake a defined role in Divisional Service Governance structures as agreed.

Person Specification Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience during training of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience during training of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course, presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Experience working with people who have complex psychological difficulties/ disorders. o Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for people experiencing trauma, and complex difficulties o Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one specialised psychological therapy.
Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, or its approved equivalent accredited by the BPS o Registration with Health Professions Council as Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement o Accountability o Respectfulness o Enthusiasm o Support o High professional standards o Responsive to service users o Engaging leadership style o Strong customer service belief o Transparency and honesty o Discreet o Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Expertise in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration o Well developed and effective communication skills, oral and written, to communicate complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS o Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups. o Knowledge of IT systems including word processing, email and local electronic patient information systems o Interest and ability to contribute to service development. o Skills in the use of up to date IT packages, online platforms, Apps and NHS platforms.Ability to self-reflect, use clinical supervision appropriately and consider complex organisational and team dynamics
  • Interest and ability to contribute to service development. o Skills in the use of up to date IT packages, online platforms, Apps and NHS platforms.

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