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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Pennine Care NHS FT
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Part Time
We are pleased to invite applications for a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist (Band 8a) to join our team. The post holder will be based in the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Early Attachment service which is a Parent Infant Mental Health Service located in Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, CAMH Service. The post holder 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 and prevention for high risk and vulnerable families as part of the Best Start for Life programme.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a highly motivated professional who is keen to extend and develop their clinical skills within the field of parent infant mental health. The role will involve providing therapeutic assessment and treatment for parents and their babies who are experiencing challenges within the parent-infant relationship.

In addition to the direct clinical work, the post holder will provide clinical supervision and consultation to colleagues within the team and across the wider PIMH workforce. The role will also include contributing to multi-agency training and offering reflective practice to Getting more help services.

About us

The postholder will be a member the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Early Attachment Service, a multi- disciplinary parent-infant mental health (PIMH) service for under 2s. We provide a clinical service, training, consultation, and supervision across the large multi-agency network of professionals. We have good links with Health Visiting, Maternity Services, Children's Centres, Adult Mental Health, Voluntary sector, Children's Social Care and Early Help.

The team has regular face-to-face team meetings, individual supervisions and line management. There are regular opportunities for support and CPD.

We are a supportive team with a strong belief in the value of relationships at the core of our work. We are committed to the Trust values of kindness, fairness, ingenuity and determination.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification which can be found in the documents to download section below.

Use your supporting information section to give examples of how you demonstrate each of the essential criteria, and where possible as many of the desirable criteria, as this is ultimately what you'll be shortlisted against.

Person Specification

Education/ qualifications


  • 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


  • Further qualifications/ training in Parent Infant Mental Health/ Perinatal Mental Health.



  • Experience of working with patient groups presenting high levels of complexity, including infants, young children and families.
  • Experience in 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.
  • Experience of Audit experience of research
  • Experience and knowledge of the developmental issues of 0-2s.
  • Experience of work or contact with adult mental health services/ social care/ maternity services.



  • Evidence of awareness of parental mental health in relation to infant/child mental health matters. Evidence of clinical supervision.
  • Experience in psychological assessment and therapeutic work with infants and young children and their families/ parents/carers with a full range of presenting problems.
  • Doctoral level (or equivalent) knowledge of clinical psychology, including highly developed knowledge of psychoanalytical/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


  • Skills in the use of psychoanalytical/psychological 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
  • 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 information to children, parents and carers and a wide range of professionals.
  • Ability to cope with stressful interpersonal situations, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Early Attachment Service,

2 Argyle Parade


OL10 3RY

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