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Perinatal Mental Health Senior Clinical Psychologist

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Perinatal Care
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a fantastic and supportive development opportunity, and successful candidates will be provided with specialist support and training, and multiple CPD opportunities. You will be contributing to the development of psychological pathways in a new expanded psychological provision embedded in a well-established diverse perinatal MDT. The post holder will have the opportunity to provide evidence based psychological treatment to mums and their babies and receive support and supervision from experienced psychological practitioners. We are looking for a highly motivated Clinical Psychologist, previous experience of working in a perinatal mental health service is desirable but not essential, although applicants will need to demonstrate clear passion and enthusiasm for delivering person centred, compassionate and trauma informed care to individuals and their families. This is a fast-expanding provision line with national guidelines, significant investments, and growth to deliver the NHS long-term plan, specifically in relation to psychological interventions. The post holder will have opportunity to shape the future of perinatal mental health care. You will be joining a well-established and experienced multidisciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology/psychological therapy service to service users of the regional Perinatal Service. To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering highly specialised advice and consultation on service users' psychological care to psychologist/therapist colleagues, non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers. In common with all Clinical Psychologists/Psychological Therapists, to receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with good practice.

To provide clinical supervision to less experienced psychologists/therapists, counsellors, assistant(s), trainee(s) or other professionals. The postholder is responsible for the allocation of clinical work within their own team to less experienced psychologists/therapists, counsellors, assistant(s), trainee(s) or other professionals.

To take sole professional responsibility and exercise autonomous professional and clinical judgement within the overall framework of Trust, HCPC, BPS, or BABCP policies/guidelines/standards. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team and service.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us in Sheffield.

Job description Job responsibilities

The role will involve working closely within the MDT to contribute towards developing psychological formulations to inform and provide direct and indirect psychological support to individuals with perinatal mental health needs. The role will involve a mix direct and indirect working within a trauma Informed framework. The teams work closely with Maternity Services, Health Visiting, IAPT, Mother and Baby units, and many other mental health teams. The teams also have good links with local and national networks and providers to promote best practice and ongoing research and developments.

Please see job description and person specification for more information, or contact us for a conversation if it might be helpful to talk things through and find out more.

Person Specification Knowledge and skills Essential
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oWell-developed, high-level skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology, including use of computerised statistical packages (eg SPSS)
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC/BABCP.
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific complex groups e.g., Perinatal mental health.
  • oHigh level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • oKnowledge of relevant legislation
training and qualifications Essential
  • oPost-graduate, doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the HCPC and/or BPS
  • oRegistration with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist
  • oFormal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • oPre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology/psychological therapy.
  • oAdditional, post-qualification short courses.
  • oPerinatal mental health experience
Experience Essential
  • oSignificant experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of service users across a range of care settings.
  • oAbility to work with service users presenting with complex psychological difficulties. Ability to work with the potential of individuals or their carers becoming abusive and aggressive
  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of service user 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, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • oEvidence of being able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary settings and teams
  • oDemonstrates further training/experience normally through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a clinical psychologist.
  • oExperience of teaching and/or training
  • oExperience of providing supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology/psychological therapy in different cultural contexts.
other Essential
  • oAbility to plan, prioritise and organise own workload and that of others
  • oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials including PowerPoint suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain own clinical practice and to contribute to that of others
  • oAbility to deal with exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances.
  • oAbility to maintain intense concentration on a frequent basis
  • oAbility to exercise judgement when presented with highly complex facts or situations requiring the analysis, interpretation, and comparison of a range of options
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

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