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Parent Infant Psychotherapist / Child Psychotherapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year per annum pro rata Inc HCA
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Tower Hamlets Perinatal mental Health Team are expanding. We are looking for one Parent Infant Psycho-Therapist to join the team. The post holder will primarily be required to work as a specialist psycho-therapist providing evidence based interventions within the parent infant relationship. Your day to day activities will include working with Mothers, Babies and Families to enhance bonding, attachment and attunement to promote positive outcomes within this relationship and establishing safe foundations for the future.

About us: The Perinatal Mental Health Team is an established and rapidly expanding service which aims to support women during the perinatal period that live in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. We are a specialist team comprising: psychiatrists, Nurses, Social worker, OT, psychological therapists and nursery nurses and a bilingual support worker.

Supervision will be provided.

Main duties of the job

  • To formulate and devise psychotherapeutic treatment and management plans for referred clients and to provide psychotherapeutic treatment, using a range of specialist psychological methods and techniques appropriate to the service.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals, to assist in the formulation, diagnosis, management and treatment of clients.
  • To co-ordinate and manage a clinical caseload of complex cases (often with child safeguarding concerns)
  • To provide advice, assessment and treatment of parents and infants with attachment / bonding difficulties.
  • To provide psychotherapeutic assessments of the emotional development of the infant and the forming attachment relationship, including the impact of any psychological difficulties in the parent, with a view to providing either short or long term psychotherapeutic treatment to parents/infants 0-2 years old as appropriate.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Child Psychotherapy including the completion of a 2 year infant observation and personal psycho-analysis.
  • Registration with the Association of Child Psychotherapists
  • Further specialist training in parent-infant mental health
  • Evidence of CPD
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working psychologically with parents/infants with serious relationship difficulties and attachment difficulties.
  • At least two year's experience of work in the NHS (pre or post qualification).
  • Experience of planning and exercising clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of perinatal mental health services, i.e. working with infants under the age of 2
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of developing and delivering training programmes
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of newborns, early infancy and child development including knowledge of infant mental health.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures relating to child safeguarding.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based approaches for working with parents/infants.
  • Ability to formulate solutions and recommend the best course action/treatment
  • evidence of working with a multi-disciplinary team awareness of basic research procedures and capacity to conduct audit
  • ability to provide therapeutic setting for parents & infants together
  • ability to work effectively across organizational boundaries
  • ability to work autonomously
  • ability to communicate clearly & effectively about complex ideas both verbally & in writing
  • ability to monitor and assess risk and act accordingly
  • ability to plan & organize own workload
  • good keyboard & IT skills
  • Experience in group work
  • Ability to support carers and partners of women attending the service.

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