Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Perinatal

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year PA
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Perinatal Care
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Community Service

Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - 8a - Working Pattern: full time/Part Time

Available posts:

2 posts in the Black Country Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Community Services (posts across two teams, one covering Walsall and Wolverhampton, the other covering Dudley & Sandwell)

Are you ready for a new challenge?! Due to recent expansion we have some exciting new posts available within our Perinatal Mental Health Service. There is a 0.8 wte post available, and flexible working and some remote working will be considered. We are committed to providing a full range of NICE approved psychological therapies and are in a fortunate position to be able to fund EMDR training and ongoing supervision for any successful candidates. Other training opportunities can also be available, including in infant mental health/bonding.

Main duties of the job

The Perinatal Mental Health Service provides a specialist multi-disciplinary service to treat mothers with mental health problems, both during pregnancy and in the first year post-partum. As part of the 5 year forward plan, Perinatal mental health services in the Black Country are currently expanding which has led to the creation of additional psychology posts. The successful candidates will enhance the psychology provision for the team and join a welcoming and psychologically minded MDT.

About us

About our Trust

At Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, we're building a high-calibre, diverse and inclusive mental health workforce. One that will give talented professionals like you the opportunity to shape an outstanding service that will transform community mental healthcare and deliver happier and healthier lives all across our communities.

The Trust is rated 'Good' from CQC (Care Quality Commission) and will become the lead provider for mental health services across The Black Country. We have recently invested in newly created clinical divisions and are currently developing new models of integrated primary and secondary care for adults and older adults, as well launching a far-reaching inpatient strategy, working to eradicate dormitories and building new facilities.

This ambitious model is multi-agency and multi-disciplinary, opening the door for you to work in a collaborative and flexible way with partners, service users, carers and their families.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are looking for highly motivated Clinical Psychologists with a keen interest in perinatal mental health. The main clinical work undertaken by the post-holder will be to provide specialist psychological assessment and intervention for mothers and their babies and families in the community. Being allied to the multi-disciplinary team in the Perinatal Service, the post holder will act as a member of the team by attending MDT meetings and offering supervision, advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to team colleagues. The role may also involve management and supervision of qualified and/or unqualified psychologists working in the community setting.

You will join a friendly and supportive Psychology Service that offers excellent opportunities for research, personal development and special interests. We are committed to providing training and supervision opportunities for our staff, and we support networking, exchange of good practice and peer support amongst Psychologists and other disciplines across the Trust. We have well-established links with Birmingham University and other academic institutions, and enjoy excellent relationships with our clinical and managerial colleagues within the Trust.

Applicants will need to have a genuine interest in perinatal mental health and psychological therapies, excellent communication skills, and a good knowledge of safeguarding. Experience of working in the perinatal mental health field and/or a keen interest in this specialist area is desirable.

We are committed to equal opportunities and the development of our staff and provide a robust induction programme. We also provide regular supervision and training for all our staff.

The Trust welcomes applications from all areas of the community who meet the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, gender, disability, religion/ belief or sexual orientation.

Please ensure you read the job description and person specification attached and that your supporting information reflects the relevant skills and experience you have, as your application will be shortlisted against these criteria.

Benefits of Working for the Trust

In return for your talent and dedication, you can look forward to an exciting and thorough induction programme, an outstanding rewards package, including access to a range of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) opportunities, professional development and career progression supported by a class leading Talent Management programme. Youll receive clinical and professional support from a diverse and growing multi-disciplinary team, a creative, learning and forward thinking environment, an extensive Health and Wellbeing offer from internal and external services, generous annual leave, an NHS pension, long service awards, our net deduction car lease scheme and our purchase white goods through salary scheme.

We are an inclusive employer, serving a diverse population across our region. We want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve and strive for the diversity and ability of our workforce to be able offer this. As a Trust, we have pledged to be an Anti-Racist organisation and pride ourselves on being able to support this.

Being part of Black Country Healthcare also means being part of the Black Country itself. Living here means you can enjoy the most of whatever you appreciate in life, from big city living to the slower pace of the impressive countryside. Across Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton and Walsall and the borders of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Birmingham, were seeing impressive investment in our areas to complement already excellent transport links, good schools and civic amenities and in 2022 the region is host to the Commonwealth Games 2022.

Please have a look at this video to get a feel for what working as a Psychologist in the Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is like: Working for us :: Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology
  • HCPC registration as Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of providing teaching/training
  • Perinatal experience

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