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Perinatal Clinical Psychologist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Ellesmere Port
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are seeking a part time Psychologist to join CWP's Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team to work alongside our current Psychology team.

We are a friendly team who place the 6C's at the centre of our work and who value professional training and development.

Specialist supervision will be provided for the post and there will be opportunities for the development of clinical skills. . We have good links to the three training courses in the North West and offer clinical placements.

This post is part time 26.25 hours per week

Main duties of the job

Clinical Psychologists play an integrative role in the MDT and are valued and well supported by colleagues. While this post will be primarily focused on delivering support to individual families (both directly and by supervising and supporting MDT colleagues) there will also be scope for delivering training and consultation to partner agencies and to being involved with other aspects of service development.

We are looking for aclinician whois astrong team player and who has an understanding of the unique nature of the perinatal period and the need to balance the needs of mum, baby and the wider systems that surround them.

Practitioners will be closely integrated into and meet regularly with the MDT. The successful practitioner will be expected to work relatively autonomously within the wider CWP footprint. They will be joining a supportive and engaged Clinical Psychology team, MDT and wider service, and will receive regular supervision and CPD as well as informal support.

These posts aresubject toan enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Successful candidates will either have a valid DBS check with the Trust or will be required to pay for the cost of the DBS Disclosure which is £47.50 for an enhanced disclosure, the cost of which will be deducted from first salary.

About us

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

Visit our 'Working for us' pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for a full copy.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

To ensure that we continue to provide Outstanding for Care (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached Update Service Applicant Guide document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Professional registration with the HCPC
  • Training in a specialist therapeutic modality appropriate to the clinical population served and service requirements (e.g. DBT, CAT, CBT, EMDR, MBT)
  • Supervision qualification
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and mangement, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical & or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional groups.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to perinatal psychology and mental health.
  • Doctoral level knowledge (or its equivalent) of research design and methodology, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical/counselling psychology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in relation specifically to perinatal and infant mental health.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the perinatal service context.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client 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.
  • Experience of working with women with complex mental health difficulties in the perinatal period
  • Experience of working therapeutically with the relationship between parents and their infants.
  • Experience of delivering therapeutic group work.
  • Experience of teaching, training &/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.

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