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Professional Lead for Mother & Baby Unit (MBU) Clinical / Psychologist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata (30 hours per week)
Closing date
29 May 2024
Please note this role is 0.8WTE (30 hours per week).

This is an opportunity to work as part of an established and dynamic MDT on the MBU with the principal purpose of improving the psychological health and wellbeing of mothers who are admitted with complex mental health needs and their babies.

The post holder will co-ordinate and oversee the psychology offer to women admitted to the ward as well as in the MBU Outreach service.

The post holder with work as part of the senior leadership team and will lead - along with the community Psychologist - the ongoing development of the Perinatal Psychology and Psychological Therapies service to improve access to psychological therapies.

The post holder will ensure that this is an integrated part of all relevant clinical pathways, delivers high clinical standards and develops evidence based practice that meets the needs and choices of people using the service.

The role will form a key part of the ward senior leadership team and the post holder will work particularly closely with the Ward Manager, Consultant Psychiatrist and Service Manager in providing operational oversight of the service. Supporting the team in their ongoing development of reflective practice in the context of maintaining a psychologically safe environment for the team to work in will be a key aspect of the role.
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Main duties of the job

  • Work at a senior level to co-ordinate and oversee the Psychology offer to women using the service
  • Work closely with the leadership team so that there is joined up leadership and effective service governance both clinically and operationally across the MBU and MBU Outreach service
  • Offer supervision and guidance to more junior Psychology staff on the ward, including line management supervision and oversight of psychologically informed groups held as part of the therapeutic group programme
  • Offer clinical supervision to the Lead Nursery Nurses in both the MBU and MBU Outreach team as well as group supervision for Nursery Nurses on the ward. This is to support the ongoing work around Parent-Infant intervention and infant mental health
  • Offer Reflective Practice where required
  • Offer evidence based specialist perinatal psychological interventions based on NICE guidelines and latest research in accordance with professional registration as well as national strategic direction

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

Communication and Working Relationship Skills

Clients, Family and Carers:

To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner with clients who may have specific difficulties in understanding and/or communicating and who may be hostile, antagonistic or highly emotionally disturbed.

Able 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.

Multidisciplinary Team Colleagues:

To work closely with colleagues in the multi-professional service on a day to day basis.

To motivate and lead staff in developing and changing practice and communicate complex information and support staff who may be anxious or hostile about systems changes.

To ensure the team is knowledgeable about and has good lines of communication with key local services.

Health & Social Care Staff:

To communicate with a wide range of health & social care staff in hospital and in community settings in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, complex and sensitive information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under the services care. To provide support & guidance in the application of psychological principles and techniques, and to foster reflective practice.

Senior Managers & Professional Staff:

To maintain and build good working relationships with senior professional staff and managers across the Perinatal service, all clinical directorates and the organisation as a whole, to foster a positive approach to the perinatal service and to enable effective negotiation.

To be able to effectively collaborative working across different levels of the organisations, across staff groups and with other agencies.

Analytical and Judgemental Skills

To be a Professional Lead with responsibility for day to day management of staff and coordinating the smooth running of the MBU.

To provide specialist psychological expertise and advice.

To provide psychological therapies, develop specialist psychological formulations and assessments of clients, formulate plans for their psychological treatment and implement specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups.

To support the General Manager and Strategic Leads in Specialist Services by undertaking service development and redesign projects and coordinating the resulting work within the team.

Proposing and implementing policy changes within this domain and taking a lead in locality service redesign.

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment and Therapy

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 adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, infants, carers, families and groups, within and across teams.

To administer psychometric and neuropsychological tests requiring high levels of skill and accuracy in visual discrimination of client responses, manipulating test materials whilst observing and scoring client behaviour.

To work within the parameters and protocols of the service as an autonomous professional practitioner with responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients.

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

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 clinically lead on parent-infant interventions within the Perinatal Care Pathway.

Planning and Organisational Skills

The Perinatal Psychology Service:

To plan and organise the work of the Psychology Service within the service setting and to contribute to the development and improvement of provision of psychological services within the commissioned perinatal mental health service to best meet the organisations strategy and priorities.

The Multidisciplinary Service:

To provide psychology leadership to the multi-professional planning, development and marketing of perinatal mental health services.

The Directorate:

To work with Strategic Leads in Specialist Directorate to contribute to the planning and implementation of service developments across the Specialist Services Directorate.

Person Specification

Planning & Organisation Skills


  • Proven organisational, planning and time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with deadlines


  • Project management skills/experience



  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (D.Clin.Psychol. or equivalent), eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist Status in the British Psychological Society Or Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology as accredited by the HCPC (or equivalent qualifications as assessed by the HCPC).
  • Further training or equivalent experience in working with adults with complex mental health needs during the perinatal period.
  • Further training in parent-infant psychotherapy


  • Further training in working with people who have experienced complex trauma
  • Further training in at least one psychological therapy
  • IT Skills



  • Significant experience of working with adults and with adults and infants with serious relationship difficulties.
  • Substantial theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge in relation to the treatment of serious mental health disturbances (adults/children/infants) and clinical experience working with complex cases in adult or child mental health services.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience in undertaking leadership roles within clinical psychology/psychological therapy services in the NHS and in contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and clinical policies in multi-disciplinary, multi-agency contexts.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.



  • Highly skilled in specialist interventions with the client group.
  • Advanced psychological assessment and formulation skills including risk assessment.

Physical Skills


  • Presentable
  • Clear telephone voice
  • Calm, methodical approach, friendly but concise
  • Good communication skills when presenting / facilitating to varying groups of people

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Wonford House

Dryden Road




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