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Senior Perinatal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Psychotherapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year Per Annum Inc
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Perinatal Care
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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SLAM Perinatal Mental Health Services have a growing team of perinatal psychologists and psychotherapists who are committed to providing evidence-based interventions to women and their families that are accessible and acceptable to the diverse South London population.

We are looking to recruit to two permanent full time 8a posts, in the Community Perinatal Teams, one post in Lambeth and one in Lewisham.This post focuses primarily on delivery of perinatal psychological therapies for maternal mental health problems, as well as supervision of more junior psychologists in the team. It is open to psychologists and psychotherapists with training and proficiency in CBT (BABCP accredited), as per NICE guidelines for therapies in the perinatal period.

All interventions take account of the mother, the baby and the developing relationship between them. There is a focus on coproduction, quality, supervision and ongoing audit and evaluation, keeping the experience of service users at the heart.

The successful applicants will join a friendly and supportive psychological therapies service that offers excellent opportunities for research and continuing professional development.

Two roles available are respectively based in different locations, one in Lambeth and the other in Lewisham, please see location below :

Lambeth: Wooden Spoon House,5 Dugard Way, London,SE11 4TH

Lewisham: Old Town Hall, Catford, Lewisham, SE6 4RU

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist to provide psychological assessment and intervention to women and their families in the perinatal period, as well as contribute to the multi-disciplinary team.

We would like to hear from those who have experience delivering psychological therapies in secondary care or within a MDT setting, and are proficient in delivering NICE concordant interventions for depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and bipolar affective disorder.

You will ideally have experience of working with women and their families within the perinatal period and / or a keen interest to develop knowledge and skills in this area. Specialist perinatal supervision will be provided and you will join a friendly and supportive team of specialist perinatal psychologists and psychological therapists.

For these role, we offer ongoing training and development in different therapeutic modalities relevant to the area. Specialist perinatal psychology clinical and professional supervision will be provided from within the service, with additional modality specific supervision arranged as required.

About us

Perinatal Mental Health Teams (PMHTs) are secondary care mental health teams that specialise in supporting women in the perinatal period (pregnancy through until 12 months postnatal) who have severe and complex mental health difficulties. We assess and treat a range of difficulties including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, personality disorders and eating disorders.

The service is designed to provide timely input to women and their families to mitigate the impact of mental health disorder on the child. We are a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatry, psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, and nursery nursing. The service works closely with maternity/obstetric services as well as other agencies (e.g., health visiting and social services). We have close links with the Mother-Baby Unit (MBU) in-patient unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital.

Maudsley Hospital

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2) and is within walking distance from the beautiful green spaces of Ruskin park and the vibrant high-street that offers great shopping opportunities and with a wide range restaurants.

Bethlem Royal Hospital

Bethlem Royal Hospital is based in a beautiful setting in over 200 acres of green space in the London Borough of Bromley, South East London. The hospital has easy access to nearby main roads, offers free parking and is within walking distance from of Eden Park and West Wickham overland stations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description for further information.

This post is open to Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists who have the relevant professional registration and qualification/accreditation in one or more of the following: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Experience of working in a specialist perinatal mental health setting is desirable.

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 09:00 to 17:00, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Clinical psychologist: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent; OR Counselling psychologist: MSc and PG Diploma in Counselling Psychology; OR Postgraduate diploma in CBT and BABCP accredited as a CBT psychotherapist
  • Completed training course in clinical supervision
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC
  • Training in or experience of psychological interventions for complex presentations (DBT, schema therapy)
  • Training in or experience of providing family or couple interventions
  • Training in or experience of utilising video feedback to enhance mother-infant interactions.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions for women presenting with mental health difficulties in the perinatal period
  • Knowledge of the impact of maternal mental illness on the baby, including the impact on the mother-infant relationship
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care
  • Knowledge of the psychological and physical context of pregnancy and childbirth and the impact of these on mental health
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in secondary care mental health services
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists having completed the relevant training
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities
  • Experience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in the perinatal period
  • Pre or post qualification experience of working in a specialist perinatal mental health service
Skills Essential
  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate

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