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Perinatal Assistant Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum (pro-rata for part time)
Closing date
12 Jul 2024
The Mental Health Division of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust comprises of three directorates Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Services for Older People and Specialist Services. More than 2,800 dedicated staff provide vital and integral healthcare services for our patients in a variety of settings, ranging from community through to acute wards, covering a vast geographical area.

We're investing heavily in our staff, facilities and patient care. As we move into this new chapter, we need a strong, motivated and compassionate workforce to reflect our core values of Honesty, Compassion, Trust, Respect and Teamwork. There has never been a better time to join our growing team.

We have exciting opportunities across different specialities and services, with an emphasis on career development and progression. We want to help our staff reach their full potential, and are committed to providing the support, skills and development needed to succeed.

A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking an experienced Assistant Psychologist to support the Perinatal Mental Health Team and the Perinatal Trauma and Bereavement Team. This post would suit someone who is passionate about working with women and their families in the Perinatal Period (through pregnancy and up to two years postpartum).

The Perinatal Mental Health Team is a multi-disciplinary team working with women experiencing significant mental health difficulties linked with pregnancy or parenthood. Alongside this team the Perinatal Trauma and Bereavement Team offers psychological support to women experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder linked with birth trauma or the death of a baby in the perinatal period. This team also works with women who have an intense fear of childbirth. The post holder will be key in supporting service evaluation and audit within these teams. They will also have opportunity to co-facilitate therapeutic groups as well as offer some individual therapeutic work.

There are numerous CPD opportunities available, alongside different reflective practice spaces to support clinical work. We also have good links with local DClinPsy Training Courses.

About us

#TeamNottsHC comprises over 11,000 dedicated colleagues who #MakeADifference every day. We deliver intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic, and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, and South Yorkshire. Our care is provided from over 200 sites, spanning community locations, acute settings, and secure environments, including prisons.

We are one of the largest mental health and community Trusts in the East Midlands and one of Nottinghamshire's biggest employers. We also host national and regional services, such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We offer a variety of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) groups, the Green Champions network, the Freedom to Speak Up network, the Health and Wellbeing Champions network, and the Menopause Champions network. These networks play a vital role in supporting our diverse workforce and promoting a culture of inclusivity.

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues is a top priority. We invest significantly in this through our in-house occupational health and staff counselling services, supported by a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team.

The Trust is committed to reducing its carbon emissions, with a specialised Energy and Environmental team working to ensure compliance with environmental legislation, enhance our environmental performance, and achieve our net-zero commitment

Job description

Job responsibilities

To explicitly demonstrate a passion for perinatal mental health and be able to articulate why you are keen to take on this role and what you would bring to the team.

To support and carry out a range of psychometric and other assessments with women experiencing mental health problems in the perinatal period under the close supervision of the Senior Clinical Psychologist. These may include standardised assessments, observations, interviews, designing and analysing behaviour or other records completed by staff or carers.

Collation, scoring and analysis of information gathered for Neurodevelopmental assessments.

To support and carry out defined therapeutic interventions with women and their partners/carers under the close supervision of the Senior Clinical Psychologist. These could be in the patient home or in clinic

To support interventions with staff teams, such as consultation, groups, training, identifying resources, multi-disciplinary working, signposting staff to appropriate services.

To support data collection and analysis, for both clinical and service evaluation, as required and under the direction of the Senior Clinical Psychologist. This may include collecting and reviewing a variety of data such as psychometric scores, interview data, historical information, literature searches. It may also involve data analysis and report writing under supervision.

Supporting the service in designing, developing and evaluating its approach to service feedback including young persons and parent/carers views relating to service experience and the views of professionals.

To support the Team in addressing health inequalities present through analysis of available data, networking, hosting focus sessions and feeding back to MDT.

Person Specification

Contractual Requirement


  • A full UK driving licence and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010.



  • BA Psychology 2:1 or higher


  • Training in psychological interventions beyond that offered by degree course



  • Common mental health conditions of the perinatal period
  • Long Term Plan ambitions as they relate to Perinatal Mental Health
  • Research and analysis techniques
  • Psychological interventions that could be suitable for a person with perinatal onset of mental health need


  • Perinatal Community Care Quality Standards (CCQI)
  • Local and National drivers



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Standard Keyboard skills
  • Understanding and interpreting data and presenting this to others
  • Able to travel across Trust Sites
  • Research and evaluation skills
  • Able to use initiative and work independently under supervision
  • Plan & prioritise own workload & activities based on goals agreed supervision


  • Leading focus groups



  • Multi-Disciplinary Working
  • Work with adults in Health or Social Care sectors
  • Providing training sessions to a group with various levels of knowledge and experience


  • Work with adults or children with significant mental health needs
  • Working with people with perinatal mental health conditions
  • Providing brief psychological interventions in a group or on 1:1 basis

Values and Behaviours


  • oAll colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • oAll colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Greenhaven, Hopewood, Foster Drive



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