Clinical Psychologist with £3K Welcome Bonus

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Band 7 to Band 8A Preceptorship is considered
Closing date
5 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

This is a wonderful opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist Band 8a (full time and part time opportunity) interested in perinatal mental health and wishing to develop specialist knowledge and practice in this rewarding field. We have recently been nominated for the NSFT 'Staff Excellence- Team of the Year' Award which we are very proud of and would love for you to come and join our dedicated and supportive team.

We welcome applicants from trainee clinical psychologists who are in their final year of training so we can offer as Band 7 Preceptorship post.

The team are a county wide service currently operating from a number of bases in the East and West of the county and involves some opportunities for remote working

What our team say:

I work within the Perinatal Mental Health Team and have been here from its infancy at around six months, when we were a Team of 4 (now nearly in double figures and expanding all the time). I cannot recommend this Team highly enough; I have seen real dedication and commitment from the Team over and above what is expected. The Team is extremely well led and we are proud of our Team Manager, and rightly proud of ourselves. We are supportive of each other and our service users at all times. The Perinatal Team make a real difference to the lives of our Service Users, their partners and their families. Do not hesitate to put yourself forward for interview; we would love to welcome you on board!

Main duties of the job

We are a countywide service, committed to improving the wellbeing of parents and their babies. We offer assessment and treatment to women with moderate to severe mental health difficulties who are either pregnant or within the first post-natal year (soon to be increasing to 24 months). You will be joining a newly established psychology team, consisting of two recently appointed 8b psychologists and an assistant psychologist that will soon be recruited. You will be supported to deliver formulation based and NICE recommended psychological interventions to women and their babies. This post would be suitable for anyone interested in models of adult mental health (such as CBT, systemic family therapy, IPT and CAT), transgenerational patterns of trauma, attachment, and infant mental health.

You shall contribute to the supervision, consultation and training of the MDT who consist of highly skilled and psychologically minded professionals and include perinatal mental health nurses, a psychiatrist, nursery nurses, peer support workers, a social worker, and an occupational therapist. Our team have very good working relationships with a wide range of primary and secondary care professionals, including midwives, health visitors, CAMHS and adult mental health services across Suffolk.

About us

The Long-Term Plan for Mental Health sets out national and local ambitions to improve care for people in pregnancy through the first stages of the baby's life who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, mental health difficulties.

One in five women experience post or ante natal depression, anxiety or in some cases psychosis, during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth. Perinatal community mental health services provide specialist care for women (and their babies) with moderate to severe mental illness, such as bipolar disorder or severe depression. Our team aim to provide specialist care and early help to parents and babies to help with a range of perinatal issues including parent infant bonding. Members of our team are also involved in shaping trauma informed care in the perinatal period and thinking across wider services.

Job description
Job responsibilities

You will be joining us at a very exciting time as you will provide support on the NHS long-term plan ambitions to expand the availability of psychological therapies in perinatal teams. You will also help to shape the future maternal metal health team which will start to be developed towards the end of the year. We are incredibly passionate and supportive and there are some fantastic opportunities for continued professional development. The team have recently been trained in EMDR, VIG and DBT and there are many other opportunities to expand your skills. There is currently a significant amount of funding being provided to perinatal teams nationally, meaning that we can invest in our clinicians in line with emerging evidence and standards for parental mental illness.

We are committed to keeping the family at the centre of care and normalising the experience of pregnancy and becoming a parent. We have a philosophy of early intervention and ensure that we capture the babies voice in the work that we do. Our aim is to reduce barriers to accessing services and aim to empower and build confidence in our service users.

Research and QI opportunities are available and encouraged. We have a close relationship with the doctoral training course at the University of East Anglia and our future aim is to offer a number of placements within our expanding team. We want to recruit psychologists who can join our Trust and bring with them fresh ideas and fresh ambition.

Person Specification
Qualifications and Experience
  • Most hold Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Supervisor training, to be a supervisor of doctoral programme clinical psychology trainees or willing to undertake training
  • Registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Experience of working with a wide variety and severity of client groups & clinical problems, in various settings, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Experience of working with a range of complex and challenging behaviours and exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological treatment.
  • Experience of supervision and teaching

  • Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post
  • Experience representing psychology in an MDT

  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Able to effectively communicate technical and clinically sensitive information to service users, families, carers and other professionals, within and outside NHS
  • Skills in consultation to professional and non - professional groups
  • Skills in training and supervision
  • Skills in creating and delivering Application Form / Interview / References Page | 10 Generic 2016 presentations and training programmes
  • Skills in neuropsychological assessment

  • Doctor level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation within specialist clinical context

  • Well-developed knowledge of theory and practice of specialised psychological intervention and assessment in specialist clinical settings and service user groups

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

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