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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist - Parent Infant Mental Health

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate Clinical Psychologist with an interest in working with infants and their families. The post holder will have extensive clinical experience and demonstrable skills in service development.

The post holder will be based in the new Oldham Early Attachment service (EAS), a Parent Infant mental Health team working with infants and their families in the antenatal and postnatal period. The EAS is an under 2s service providing a clinical therapeutic offer, training, consultation, and supervision across the large multi-agency network of mixed professionals. The service has extensive links with Health Visiting, Maternity Services, Neonatal services, Children's Centers, Adult Mental Health, Voluntary sector and Children's Social Care, etc.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with the 'Right Start' service, providing monthly group supervision to the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), Health Visitors, Assistant Practitioners and Additional Educational Needs Advisors. The post holder will support the roll out of the supervision model across the Health Visiting service. You will work as a highly specialist practitioner developing and implementing a community based therapeutic service to parents to be, infants and their families with a particular focus on early intervention. You will provide assessment and treatment of parents/carers and infants and their families.

The training and strategic development aspect of the role involves acting as a specialist resource, contributing to training of Health Visitors and Early Years practitioners across Oldham. The post holder will be expected to offer consultation and clinical supervision to professional colleagues and help to develop the PIMH offer across the borough.

About us

The Early Attachment Service was launched in December 2021 and is a small multidisciplinary team which includes a Clinical Psychologist, a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, a Specialist Health Visitor, a Therapeutic Social Worker and a Team Administrator. You will be joining a passionate team who work closely with the wider network to support families in the antenatal and postnatal period. Supervision and joint working is prioritised and you will have opportunities to develop your clinical skills and interests with additional specialist training.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Delivery of Under 2s clinical psychology service provision within the parameters of child and adolescent mental health, in a multiagency context.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessment for Under 2s who may be experiencing severe, highly complex and persistent mental health difficulties and to make decisions about treatment options taking into account relevant evidence based research, theory, practice and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.
  • To formulate and implement plans for therapeutic intervention and management from the point of referral.
  • To develop specialist provision for the parents of infants and young children using models of practice employed within other Under 2s services.
  • To provide specialist expertise in psychological principles and techniques through advice and consultation to other members of the PIMH service and colleagues within the network.
  • Post-holder will be expected to hold and work their own caseload within the context of the PIMH service.
  • To be part of the PIMH advice line providing appropriate information, advice, support, consultation to a range of professionals, and families.
  • To actively participate in PIMH weekly presentation, referral, CPD and business meetings.
  • To attend and contribute as an independent clinician to multidisciplinary and multi-agency meetings as appropriate.
  • To ensure appropriate liaison with professionals from external agencies.
  • To participate in the audit and evaluation of clinical work and the service as a whole.
  • To contribute to the development of best evidence based practice within the service.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility based on the Code of Professional and Ethics of the HCPC.
  • To be involved in PIMH service development as required.
  • To work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team and communicate effectively regarding parents, infants and young children.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients and manage a caseload in line with the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics of the HCPC.
  • To assist in the management of the PIMH caseload, as required.
  • To produce reports on families, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of assessment, formulation and treatment outcome in a way which does justice to the complexity of the problems described; which takes account of confidentiality; and in a way which is understandable to the recipients of the reports.
  • To participate in regular line management supervision.

Service development
  • In collaboration with others, to contribute to the development of Under 2s PIMH service across Oldham.
  • Under the direction of the Oldham PIMH Clinical Lead contribute to development and planning of Under 2s service in PIMH and CAMHS Service.
  • To communicate and work with other staff and agencies including CAMHS, adult mental health, early years, education, children social services and voluntary sector agencies, to provide an integrated and accessible service for Under 2s.

Supervision and Training
  • To provide monthly supervision to the Family Nurse Partnership service.
  • To provide support the roll out of supervision across the Health visiting service.
  • To contribute to pre and post qualification training and supervision for clinical psychologists where appropriate.
  • To provide as appropriate specialist clinical supervision or case consultation for professional trainees of related professions and for professionally trained members of the service.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with parents, infants and young children across a range of agencies and settings where appropriate.

Continuing Professional Development
  • To receive regular clinical and service related supervision.
  • To gain additional highly specialist experience and training relevant to Clinical Psychology/PIMHS.
  • To fully participate in and contribute to, clinical supervision of staff in PIMH service.
  • To fully participate in, and contribute to, training events associated with PIMH service.
  • To attend regular case consultation meetings with senior colleagues.
  • To maintain and develop skills in post graduate teaching, training and supervision.
  • To participate in an annual KSF Review process.
  • To attend to CPD and training needs as identified in supervision and KSF Review.

Clinical Governance and Research
  • To participate in audit and evaluation of PIMH services.
  • To participate in evaluation of all clinical activity within the post and provide such information as required by the Clinical Lead of PIMH and operational manager for CAMHS for the purpose of service monitoring and evaluation.
  • To participate in all research activities associated with PIMH as appropriate to this role and as required by the Clinical Lead of PIMH.
  • To utilise theory evidence based literature and research to support effective practice.
  • To represent a professional view point in relation to nationally accepted good practice and to ensure a high level of ethical standards and professional conduct.
  • To participate in service evaluation and research in consultation with Clinical Lead of PIMH service.

  • To maintain records consistent with the current legislation.
  • To undertake the administrative duties appropriate to the tasks.
  • To be aware of the mechanisms of Clinical Governance, Quality Assurance and audit of PIMH

  • To act in accordance with the policies of the Trust (including child protection and resuscitation), Directorate, Department and Association of Child Psychotherapy/HCPC Professional Practice and Ethical Guidelines.
  • To comply with service standards and practices to ensure that safe practices are maintained at all times.
  • To comply with and promote safe working practices for yourself and others in accordance with Trust Health and Safety policies,
  • The post holder has a responsibility to ensure the preservation of NHS property and resources.
  • The post holder follows policies in their own role which are determined by others. The post holder is required to comment on policies, procedures and possible developments.
  • It is a requirement of all staff to comply with all infection control policies and procedures as set out in Trust Infection Control Manual.

This Job description is not exhaustive. The tasks described are representative of the duties it is expected to post holder will undertake within the grade range of their post. Job content will be reviewed as necessary in consultation with the post holder to reflect the changing nature of the post

Person Specification Education and qualification Essential
  • Doctorate level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS or BPS Statement of Equivalence AND Eligibility for Chartered Clinical Psychology Status & HCPC registered.
  • Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Training
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with patient groups presenting high levels of complexity, including infants, young children and families.
  • Experience in psychotherapy/psychological assessment and therapeutic work with infants and young children and their families/ parents/carers with a full range of presenting problems.
  • Experience of consulting with other professionals in Health, Education, Social Services and Local Authority.
  • Experience of representing child clinical psychology within the context of multidisciplinary and multi-agency treatment and care
  • Experience of working in CAMHS and/or with infants and young children, prior to training as a Clinical psychologist
  • Experience of Audit
  • Experience of research
  • Experience and knowledge of the developmental issues of under 2's
  • Experience of work or contact with adult mental health services.
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidence of awareness of parental mental health in relation to infant/child mental health matters. Evidence of clinical supervision.
  • Knowledge of legislation and national guidance in relation to the needs of infants and young children.
  • Doctoral level (or equivalent) knowledge of child and adolescent clinical psychology, including highly developed knowledge of psychological theories and models of development, psychopathology, family and institutional dynamics.
  • Working knowledge of professional systems involved in work with infant and young children, particularly in relation to the statutory framework around child protection
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the use of psychoanalytical methods of assessment, intervention and management in work with infants, and young children and families.
  • Skills in co-working, liaison and consultation with others, especially with regard to highly complex families.
  • Evidence of a capacity to work collaboratively and flexibly in a multi-disciplinary team context.
  • High level of skill in assessing risk in the context of parent infant mental health and with young children.
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds, cultures and ethnicity from one's own.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in all contact with disadvantaged groups.
  • High level of ability to communicate effectively (both written and verbal) complex, technical and clinically sensitive ? Application Form ? Interview A

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