Perinatal Clinical Psychologist

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Perinatal Care
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Mother and Baby Unit in Greater Manchester (Andersen Ward) has a multidisciplinary and well-established team providing a range of tailored approaches to meet the mental health needs of woman and their families in the perinatal period.

Our core purpose is to work with expectant mothers and mothers to address their mental health needs and mitigate any impact on the unborn baby and infant.

We aim to improve the health outcomes for mothers with the provision of a timely, integrated, high quality, effective, multi-disciplinary service.

Main duties of the job

You will have the opportunity to undertake initial assessments and direct one to one and group based therapeutic work with women experiencing a wide range of mental health problems.

You will also have opportunity for indirect working, offering supervision, consultation, and training to both colleagues within the MDT and the wider maternity system.

We are keen to recruit people who enjoy working in multi-disciplinary teams and who are creative, adaptable, and responsive to the needs of the service. We are looking for someone who is passionate about working with women and their families and whose values and principles are aligned with the organisation.

The post offers an incredibly supportive team working environment. You will receive clinical and professional supervision and have opportunities to link in with established psychologists working within the perinatal service who meet regularly for ongoing CPD, discussion of clinical and professional issues and invaluable peer support.

There is also opportunity for professional development within a supportive department, with additional training being actively encouraged.

You will observe, and abide by, all relevant professional codes of conduct and practice including those of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).You will be fully registered with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist as a condition of employment.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description Job responsibilities

See attached detailed job description and person specification:

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • oProfessional qualification in Clinical Psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • oHCPC registration as a qualified Clinical Psychologist
  • oAccreditation in a relevant evidence-based parenting programme or training in an intervention relevant to this client group (e.g. mother-infant interaction or video interactive guidance or EMDR or CAT or other perinatal intervention)
Exeprience Essential
  • oExperience of working as a clinical psychologist.
  • oPrevious experience of delivering structured psychological interventions to clients with severe and complex mental health problems.
  • oExperience in risk assessment, formulation and management.
  • oExperience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • oExperience of working with a full range of severe mental health problems and across settings including community, outpatient/clinic and/or inpatient settings.
  • oExperience of multidisciplinary teamwork.
  • oExperience of consulting with other mental health care and other health care professionals.
  • oExperience of providing supervision and training.
  • oExperience in assessment and therapeutic work with mothers/parents and their infants.
  • oExperience of working with professional systems involved in work with parents and/or children and families, in specialist hospital/inpatient or community settings.
  • oExperience of working autonomously as part of a multi- agency team.
  • oExperience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
Knowledge Essential
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology as this pertains to clinical psychology.
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to clients with complex, severe and enduring mental health problems including Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.
  • oKnowledge of policies and procedures that relate to child protection and safeguarding
  • oEvidence of CPD
  • oFormal training in the supervision of other psychologists
  • oAwareness of perinatal mental health service development and priorities as outlined in the Long Term Plan (LTP).
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • oSkills in planning and delivering evidence-based interventions
  • oSkills in providing individual and group interventions
  • oAbility to integrate psychological theories and outcome data with clinical practice and service provision.
  • oWell-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management in working with mothers and their infants and possibly their wider family.
  • oAbility to provide rapid psychological assessment and brief psychological interventions. Especially in the management of risk.

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