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Clinical Psychologist - Perinatal Service

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
26 May 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and highly motivated Clinical Psychologist to join the South Staffordshire Community Perinatal Mental Health Team. We are looking for a dynamic, passionate, and creative clinician who wants to make a difference to the lives of mothers, babies, and their wider families, and who strives to provide the best care at all times. You will have a passion for supporting both Adult and Infant Mental Health and an understanding of how psychological interventions may be applied within this specialty.

The successful candidate will be closely integrated into and meet regularly with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). They will be joining a supportive and engaged Perinatal Clinical Psychology team, MDT and wider service, and will receive regular supervision and CPD as well as informal support. Across MPFT Perinatal Services there is a strong psychological structure in place comprising of 9 qualified clinical psychologists and 7 assistant psychologists. We are in the process of recruiting to a Consultant Clinical Psychologist post to support and lead the growing psychology provision.

Whilst we are seeking an experienced psychologist to fill this 8a position, if you are recently qualified or due to qualify in 2024, we will consider your application and have an established preceptorship process in place. Please state on your application if this is the case.

Main duties of the job

The South Staffordshire Community Perinatal Mental Health Team are a specialist service striving to deliver an excellent standard of care to expectant and new mothers who are experiencing moderate to severe and complex mental health problems.Our multidisciplinary team are innovative and have a patient centred approach at the heart of their delivery. The team have close working relationships with partners both within and outside of the Trust, with close links with Maternity Services, Health Visiting, NHS Talking Therapies, CAMHS Early Years Service and other secondary care mental health services.

Clinical Psychologists play an integrative role in the MDT and are valued and well supported by colleagues. While this post will be primarily focused on delivering psychological support to individual families (both directly and by supervising and supporting MDT colleagues) there will also be scope for delivering training and consultation to partner agencies and to being involved with other aspects of service development.

About us

Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) provides a range of support that can be accessed by their employees:
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity, and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) pro rota, and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health & Wellbeing support and resources
  • Mileage reimbursement for community teams
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rates
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage is paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all Trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The South Staffordshire Community Mental Health Team are a part of MPFT Perinatal Services which includes Brockington Parent and Baby Unit, Shropshire Community Perinatal Mental Health Team and the Lotus Service (Maternal Mental Health Service). There are close working relationships across perinatal services. The service has high staff retention rates supported by high workplace staff satisfaction from recent staff surveys.

Within our team, our collective agreed vision, towards which we all strive, is to improve the mental health of families in the antenatal and postnatal period. We aim to deliver on this vision by delivering:

1. A comprehensive assessment and tailored evidenced based interventions.

2. Ensuring all care delivered is person centered.

3. Educating wider systems and improving communication to reduce stigma.

4. Working with and across integrated care systems.

The South Staffordshire Community Perinatal Mental Health Team covers the entire geographical region. There is an expectation for the successful post holder to be able to travel to meet the service need. The team continue to have a base at Brockington Parent and Baby Unit on the St Georges Hospital site, however we have adapted to new ways of working following the COVID-19 pandemic, and blended working developments continue to be in place. We welcome applications for flexible and hybrid working.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level qualification in Clinical Psychology as recognized by the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Registered with the HCPC under a relevant practitioner psychologist title


  • Eligible for Chartership status with the British Psychological Society
  • Further training in a specific psychological model / interventions specific to the role remit/area of work



  • Experience 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.
  • Experience of providing specialist psychological assessment and intervention across a full range of settings.
  • Experience of work in multidisciplinary teams and with multi agency networks.
  • Experience of consultation with professionals from both within the Health Service and Partner Agencies.
  • Ability to work effectively within safeguarding procedures in the context of a therapeutic service


  • Experience working therapeutically with women and babies with significant emotional or mental health difficulties, and their families/carers.
  • Experience of perinatal mental health.
  • Experience of providing therapeutic intervention in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of leading and contributing to the development of services.
  • Experience of conducting research and/or audit in clinical settings.
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of role as CPA coordinator
  • Experience of working in community and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management.
  • Ability and knowledge relating to self-harm related risk assessment and care-planning.
  • An ability to formulate and provide treatment within at least two models of psychological therapy and the experience and a working knowledge of at least one other approach to psychological intervention.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Knowledge of research methodology
  • Knowledge of Attachment theory and its application to clinical work
  • A clear grasp of the concept of mental health recovery
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the service user group and mental health


  • Completion of formal training or courses in conducting specialist psychological assessments (incl. risk assessment and risk management).
  • Knowledge of the theory & practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups (e.g Personality disorders)
  • Skills in providing consultation/training to other professional and non-professional groups.

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Brockington Parent and Baby Unit

St George's Hospital, Corporation Street


ST16 3AG

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