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Clinical Psychologist /Psychological Practitioner

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We welcome applicants who are due to qualify from DClinPsych (or equivalent) training this year.

Recruitment to this post is part of a significant expansion in workforce within thePerinatal Mental Health Community Service (PMHCS) to meet the growing need for specialist perinatal mental health services in Kent and Medway. Increased access to psychological therapies with perinatal services has been identified as key target in the NHS Long Term plan.

The post-holder will contribute to the local service delivery of perinatal psychological therapies within PMHCS, with a focus on 'Trauma-Informed Care', which will bring exciting leadership and strategic opportunities working not only within KMPT but with partner agencies and providers.

The post-holder will contribute to the development of the NHS Long Term Ambitions such as 'Maternal Mental Health Clinics; Partner Assessments; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' in collaboration with Maternity Services, addressing the needs of women who experience mental health difficulties during the perinatal period.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for professionals with a doctorate in clinical/counselling psychology who are experienced at working with people with complex presentations to provide qualified specialist psychological services to mothers, infants and families during the perinatal period. Delivering specialist psychological assessment, therapy, advice, supervision and consultation as required. The role will include the active involvement in the multi-disciplinary development of the specialist community perinatal mental health service. The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures.

The post-holder may work in various settings including primary/secondary care community venues such as GP practices, maternity units, Children's Centres, clients homes and inpatient settings.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

The postholder is expected to work in an environment which may be highly emotive and mentally and physically demanding, particularly when working with parents/birthing people and babies. They must be able to work to the demands of a clinical therapeutic environment on an individual and group therapeutic basis. They are expected to maintain the highest degree of professionalism at all times.


To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary

  • Please see job description for full details.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Professional accreditation/registration with HCPC or BABCP or UKCP or BACP, or eligible for Chartered membership of British Psychological Society as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist .
    • Postgraduate level training in psychological theory and practice.
    • Specialist training in a core therapeutic approach.
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients.
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups that reflect the full range of clinical complexity and severity
    • Experience of working in NHS with clients with complex needs.
    • Experience of working with people with mental health problems.
    • Experience of working with women during the perinatal period.
    Knowledge and Skills Essential
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for people with complex needs. Ability to provide group and individual interventions.
    • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

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