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Clinical Psychologist

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Full Time
Maternity Cover

We are a growing psychology team, who are passionate about the care we provide to the people we work with and the support we provide to each other and the wider team.

The opening is for a Band 7/8a Clinical Psychologist (1.0 WTE) to cover maternity leave within our Perinatal / Maternal Mental Health Services. We are happy for the successful applicant to work remotely. The role involves providing individual and systemic support to women/birthing people and their families within the community and the Mother and Baby inpatient unit.

Within the perinatal/maternal mental health speciality we work with mental health difficulties around the transition to motherhood, including attachment difficulties, trauma and loss, tokophobia, puerperal psychosis as well as mood and anxiety presentations.

There will be opportunities to provide supervision and consultancy, deliver training, attend workshops and annual forums, and develop an area of specialist interest and one's own style of working.

All candidates should be registered with the HCPC, eligible for BPS Chartered Status, meet the travel requirements, and have an interest in trauma, grief work and perinatal psychology. A welcoming team and glorious countryside awaits.

Main duties of the job

If appointed, you will join a passionate and experienced MDT and be responsible for the provision of community based specialist clinical psychology services for women/birthing people who are pregnant, postnatal, or have experienced a loss and are presenting with a wide range of complex and severe mental health problems, as well as systemic support for their partners.

The role involves helping to formalise referral pathways, assessment and treatment protocols as well as attending community MDT meetings, triaging referrals, assessing and signposting to other services, and liaising with midwifes, obstetricians, as well as primary, secondary and third sector care providers.

There will be a strong focus on supporting the continued development of a psychologically informed trauma focus of care within maternity services, providing supervision/training, and utilising research skills for audits, evaluations, and service development.

About us

The service consists of a 6-bed inpatient unit, a community team with bases in Derby and Chesterfield, and a new maternal mental health service across Derbyshire (MMHS).

The inpatient and community services are accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, highlighting the excellent and specialized care provided by the service. The MMHS sits within the perinatal service and has close links with maternity services.

The team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, CPNs, nursery nurses, OTs, team leads, specialist midwives, peer support workers, a social worker, and a service manager, who all possess great enthusiasm and a strong passion for working with women and their families during the perinatal period.

The Trust psychology department facilitates specialized supervision (dissociation, EMDR, CFT) and training (trauma, CBT), supports CPD, and has good links with university training courses in terms of teaching opportunities, trainee selection and placements. DHCFT goes above and beyond to ensure staff are looked after and feel supported.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

It is Trust policy that for posts that are for a time limited period, applicants who are currently employed by an NHS organisation will only be appointed on a secondment basis and should have approval from their line manager this is possible before applying. Applicants who are not employed by an NHS organisation, will receive a fixed term contract.

Band 7 development post / Band 8a

Responsible for the provision of community specialist psychological services, in collaboration with an MDT, for women/birthing people who are experiencing mental health difficulties during pregnancy, the first two years postnatal or following loss (miscarriage, termination, still birth, neonatal death) .

Provision of psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment based upon the interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.

Providing a systemic approach to working with partners and the wider family and signposting where appropriate.

Supporting the development of psychological and trauma informed services around maternal mental health and perinatal loss, gap analysis in treatment provision, as well as the audit and evaluation of referral pathways and treatment outcomes to ensure equality of service provision.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in clinical psychology
  • Good undergraduate degree (2.1 or above)

Professional registration


  • Registered with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Eligible for registration with British Psychological Society (BPS)



  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the job
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for perinatal work
  • Demonstrates compassion and warmth

Skills and Experience


  • Skills developed through formal training in supervision of other psychologists (Band 8a)
  • Assessment and therapeutic skills relevant to complex and severe mental health presentations
  • Demonstrates further specialist training / experience through having received substantial supervision while working as a clinical psychologist
  • Specialist knowledge of current legislation and guidance for clinical practice and professional management in relation to perinatal / maternal mental health


  • Assessment and therapeutic skills related to perinatal / maternal mental health
  • Experience of working with attachment trauma, birth trauma and loss
  • Trained in EMDR, CFT, trauma focused CBT
  • Experience of working in perinatal services
  • Experience of working within inpatient settings

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


The Beeches, Radbourne Unit, Royal Derby Hospital

Uttoxeter Road


DE22 3WQ

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