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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist MMHS

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year pro rata incl of HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for two experienced and highly skilled community Clinical/Counselling Psychologists to work in our Maple Service, a new Maternal Mental Health Service (MMHS). This started as a Fast Follower pilot service for 1 year in April 2021, and is now being expanded. The service is designed to address some of the service gap in perinatal mental health services. Maple is supported by and works alongside specialist midwives and the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service, (SPMHS).

The Maple Service is for women whose trauma symptoms have a moderate to severe impact on their mental health. This may be due to a traumatic birth experience, pregnancy loss, neonatal death or the loss of a baby as a result of social care procedures due to safeguarding concerns. The trauma may also exist prior to conception, e.g. when tokophobia prevents a woman from achieving a wanted pregnancy. Although there may be overlap in service user population between Maple and SPMHS, women can be accepted by Maple without being pregnant or having their baby with them and fathers/partners are also eligible for the service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will carry a complex caseload and ensure the formulation of profession-specific, highly specialist care/treatment plans which provide specialist interventions and care to service users with complex trauma/mental health conditions. They will be supervised by the 8b Clinical Psychologist in the perinatal service. The post holder will ensure that Maple operates to the requirements of the service operational policy and service line strategy and that safe, evidence based, NICE concordant, effective, culturally competent care is delivered in a timely manner to service users.

The post holder will actively contribute to the planning, development and evaluation of the MMHS using advanced clinical leadership skills and knowledge to provide training and consultancy in clinical psychology within the trauma focussed specialty of perinatal mental health. Establishing and consolidating secure working relationships and pathways with other colleagues and services (e.g. IAPT and PIPS in addition to those mentioned above) is key. The Maple psychologists provide supervision to the specialist mental health midwives at the NMUH and junior members of the Maple team.

About us

Maple works alongside the North London Partners SPMHS, which is a community mental health service for pregnant and postnatal women with severe and complex mental illness. The aim of the team is to detect, prevent and treat perinatal mental health problems to improve the experience of pregnancy and the first 2 years postpartum for women and their families.The service has been running since 2017 and provides specialist perinatal mental health services across the boroughs of Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. The service divides into three sub-teams:-West Team (Barnet), East Team (Enfield & Haringey) and South Team (Camden & Islington).

The Maple Service is at present based with the East Team of SPMHS and the corresponding maternity sites, North Middlesex University Hospital and the Whittington Hospital, for women who live in Enfield and Haringey. This exciting next phase of development sees the service expand into Barnet and work with the West Team and the corresponding maternity sites, Barnet General Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital.
  • There is one 3 day/week role (22.5hours/week) in Maple East, working with service users who live in Enfield and Haringey. The team is based at N9 7HD.
  • There is one 3 day/week role (22.5hours/week) in Maple West, working with service users who live in Barnet. The team is based at N12 9RH.

Job description Job responsibilities

We have a combination of band 8a and band 7 psychology posts, along with a band 4 peer support worker across Maple East & Maple West.

The post holder will work as part of the larger perinatal psychology service alongside other Maple clinicians and have links with the Clinical Psychology team in the SPMHS, which comprises of one band 8b Clinical Psychologist, two band 8a Clinical Psychologists and three band 7 Clinical Psychologists and a full MDT. All psychology meetings will be open to the post holder. The role will also involve liaison and co-working with colleagues in the maternity pathway, (obstetricians/gynaecologists, midwives, health visitors).

We have externally facilitated EMDR group supervision and there are many opportunities of career development and further training.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified clinical/counselling psychologist
  • Evidence of relevant CPD
  • Training in a recognised trauma therapy, e.g. EMDR, CFT, NET
Experience Essential
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a wide range of care settings, including community, primary care, outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Significant post-qualification experience working with severe/complex trauma using specific trauma-informed interventions.
  • Experience of working with women in the perinatal period and with infant-parent attachment
Skills/knowledge Essential
  • Skills in the use of a range of methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presenting in perinatal mental health services.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

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