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Clinical Psychologist / Family Therapist / Psychotherapist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
Clinical Psychologist / Family Therapist / Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Little Minds Matter: Bradford Infant Mental Health Service

Initially Fixed term until 31st March 2025. (A secondment would be considered at the discretion of the applicant's manager.).

Full time part time/job share may be considered.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the development and delivery of a specialist team supporting families experiencing difficulties with the parent-infant relationship.

'Little Minds Matter' is Bradford's Infant Mental Health Service. We are a Better Start Bradford project, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We also have additional funding through the Start for Life and 'Healthy Minds' programmes. This post will be funded through 'Healthy Minds' as part of Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership.

We would love to hear from you if you have a passion for early intervention and prevention and an enthusiasm for infant mental health. In this role, you will play a key part in working alongside a highly motivated team delivering innovative attachment-based services to families and practitioners alike.

Closing- 30th June 2024

Shortlisting- 1st July 2024

Interview- 11th July 2024

Main duties of the job

- To work within a multi-disciplinary pathway delivering effective mental health care to mothers, fathers,carers and their infants from conception until a baby's second birthday.- To support a caseload of individuals and families experiencing attachment, bonding, or parent-infant relationship issues across Bradford City and district, making autonomous clinical decisions about ownprofessional practice.- To support specialist training, consultation and supervision to the wider health visiting and early yearsworkforce regarding parent-infant relationship issues.- To provide consultation, support and advice on best practice and recognised clinical practice supporting women and families with children 0-2 years.- To support the adherence to relevant national guidance and best practice on parent-infant relationships and Infant Mental Health.- To contribute to the Service's on-going development, including evaluation, research, development activities and development of links with other key early years agencies.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

The Trust reserves the right to close this position early if a significant number of applications are received .

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Overview Continued-

This post would suit a psychologist, family therapist or psychotherapist who is interested in working with families. The post holder with have experience assessing and offering interventions around relationship difficulties, managing risk and working in a community setting. An interest in working in the area of infant mental health is required, however, previous experience in family and / or adult mental health settings will have provided the post holder with transferrable skills. You will haveexcellent interpersonal skills and be a team player with good organisational skills who is able to manage a varied workload of clinical work, consultation and training.

This is a unique opportunity for you to join a highly committed team to:

Work with families during pregnancy and up to a childs second birthday, supporting parent-infant relationships

Work collaboratively with colleagues across maternity, family, mental health and voluntary services

Develop skills in consultation, training and leadership

Improve professional and public recognition of Infant Mental Health

Educate and train other professionals who work with infants and their families on effective strategies for promoting healthy social and emotional wellbeing in very young children

Please read the attached Job description and person specification for more details about this role

Right to Work in the UK

Prior to your appointment you will be asked to provide confirmation of your right to work and reside in the UK. During your continued employment with the Trust, you have a personal responsibility to notify your manager as soon as possible should there be any changes to your right to work status.

Regrettably, if the role is not eligible for sponsorship under the Trusts eligibility criteria, the Trust are unable to extend your employment beyond the expiration of your current visa. The Trust is not responsible or liable for ensuring that your employment continues after this period.

As a condition of continuous employment, it is essential you maintain the legal right to work in the United Kingdom throughout the duration of your employment with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT). Any change in your right-to-work status, including but not limited to, visa expiration, revocation, or denial of renewal, may impact your eligibility for employment with the Trust. It is your responsibility to promptly inform your Line Manager of any changes in your right-to-work status immediately, and to provide necessary documentation for verification purposes. Failure to obtain or renew your visa in a timely manner is a breach of employment conditions and will result in termination of your employment. We appreciate your attention to this matter and your commitment to fulfilling this requirement promptly.

Person Specification



  • oPost-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, as accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • oRegistered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • oRelevant honours degree, or recognised equivalent.
  • oFull member of Association of Child Psychotherapists(ACP).
  • oCompleted a Masters qualifying level training course accredited by AFT


  • oSkills in group work.



  • oExperience working with parents / families.
  • oExperience and understanding of working within safeguarding procedures, guidelines and processes.
  • oExperience of working collaboratively with other professionals within the health economy and from other organisations.


  • oExperience of working with parent-infant relationships.
  • oInvolvement in innovative clinical practice.



  • oResearch awareness in the field of infant mental health.
  • oKnowledge and experience of child development.
  • oLeadership and management awareness.
  • oKnowledge of relevant government policy and professional issues.


  • oInterventions to support parent-infant relationships.
  • oInvolvement in clinical research programmes.



  • oAbility to work in a baby centred way.
  • oAble to make autonomous decisions using judgement and to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • oAble to contain explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with clients and families and indirectly via supervision, consultation or case reviews with other staff.
  • oRisk assessment and risk management.
  • oCase prioritisation and workload management or self and others.


  • oSkills in group work.



  • oPassion for infant mental health and working preventatively to promote long term health and mental health outcomes.
  • oAware of equalities and discrimination, and the importance of working with a culturally responsive approach.
  • oEnthusiasm and ability to work as part of a team and maintain positive working relationships.

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Woodroyd Medical Centre

Woodroyd Road



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