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Perinatal Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (preceptorship option)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic, reflective and experienced Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to work with pregnant and postnatal women who have complex mental health needs. The countywide multidisciplinary team provide specialist care for women with moderate to severe mental illness during their pregnancy, and up to the age of 12 months. For newly qualifieds, we have a preceptorship process in place.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of a dedicated team and will support the delivery of high quality individual and group psychological interventions to women and their babies. They will also contribute to the provision of reflective spaces for the multi-disciplinary team to enhance patient care and staff wellbeing.

The team has recently undergone a review and are restructuring some of their processes. They are actively working to develop their treatment pathways and have good links with local IAPT services and parent-infant psychotherapy in CAMHS. We are looking to recruit someone who has experience of working within secondary mental health settings, working collaboratively with other professionals within a biopsychosocial model, and can demonstrate compassion and sensitivity to the challenges facing women with mental health difficulties during the perinatal period. An understanding of the impact of trauma in the perinatal period, and experience delivering trauma-focused therapy, is desirable. A car owner/driver is essential.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see JD (Job Description) and PS (Personal Specification) for full details of role requirements.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Post Graduate Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology or equivalent accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • have an NHS Core Profession (Nurse, Allied Health Profession, Medical Doctor, Social Worker) or demonstrable equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  • and Have completed a minimum of one year of recognised full-time (or equivalent part-time) psychological therapy or counselling training leading to a qualification, certification or accreditation recognised by a relevant professional or regulatory body plus relevant specialist short courses.
  • Or Have completed an equivalent training abroad as recognised by NARIC and written and oral English sufficient for their work
  • and Either: Recognized qualification or training in psychotherapy supervision
  • or Clinical supervision training for doctoral clinical /counselling psychology trainees.
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Or Registered by a body overseen or accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)
  • Post Qualification Training in DBT, CFT, EMDR, CBT for trauma.
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified Clinical or Counselling or Forensic psychologist at a specialist level or assessed experience of working as a qualified psychotherapist, including post qualification experience as an adult or parent-infantpsychotherapist, preferably in the NHS or similar public health provider.
  • Demonstrate further specialist experience through CPD including supervised practice supplemented with other activities such as training, self directed study and conferences relevant to perinatal mental health or parent-infant psychotherapy.
  • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group.
  • Experience of: (Clinical) : - The principles and implementation of the CPA process.
  • - Providing specialist psychological assessment, including cognitive and neurological assessment, and treatment of patients utilising at least two main models as appropriate across the full range of care settings and clinical severity including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient.
  • - Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • - Representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary and inter agency care.
  • - Providing teaching, training and clinical supervision.
  • - Providing teaching, training and clinical supervision in CBT, CFT or trauma informed therapies.
  • - The use of Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) such as Friends and Family Test
  • - The use of at least one Recovery measure (e.g. DIALOG, QPR, ReQoL) as part of a Recovery Approach
  • - The use of Cloud based mental health Apps or programs
  • - Supervision of MDT staff in Recovery Model approaches
  • - The use of QI or other improvement methodology in clinical settings
  • - The application of the Care Act (2015), Mental Capacity Act (2007), Mental Health Act (2007)
  • (Operational): - Routine use of teleconferencing (e.g. Skype, zoom, Facetime) in any 1:1 setting and group meetings including for supervision
  • - Routine use of any Electronic Patient Record system such as RiO, EMIS, PARIS, SystmOne, IAPTUS to include patient administration and clinical record management.
  • - The clinical use of databases; informatics systems and data visualisation
  • - The application of psychological principles across multiple environments and populations.
  • - Developing or managing staff
  • (Integrated Care and Community/Population Health): - Co produced clinical care, including goal setting, using a Recovery approach
  • - Community psychology approaches to population mental health
  • - Integrated physical and mental health pathways
  • - The application of psychologically informed interventions in different cultural contexts
  • - Facilitating groups
  • - Recruitment, selection and retention
  • - Working in a multidisciplinary team
  • - Partnership working with primary care, secondary care and other agencies
  • - Leading audit and research
  • - Investigation Officer Procedures
  • - Delivery of integrated care and community psychology approaches to population mental health
  • - Routine use of teleconferencing in 1:1 patient care.
  • - Assessing treatment options where expert opinion differs.
Knowledge Essential
  • (Clinical): - The theory and practice of psychological assessment and therapies in relation to treatment of a range of mental health disorders including CBT, CFT, and trauma informed therapies.
  • - Risk assessment practice and procedures
  • - Application of standardised assessments and outcome measures.
  • - The presentation of complex mental health problems and range of disorders
  • - The principles and implementation of the CPA process.
  • - The value of People participation in the delivery and development of services.
  • - Routine Outcome measures including PROMs, PREMs and CROMs.
  • - The Recovery Model including Recovery measures (one of DIALOG, QPR or ReQoL) and co production of clinical intervention and clinical services.
  • - The clinical use of Electronic Patient Records.
  • - Cloud based mental health Apps or programs scope and application.
  • - Sufficient knowledge of other modalities to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with service users.
  • (Operational): - Trust level NHS structures including clinical governance and information governance mechanisms.
  • - Legislation in relation to mental health problems and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group.
  • - Equal opportunities, confidentiality and consent issues
  • - Wide range of IT applications, including databases, word processing, presentation software and teleconferencing tools
  • - Research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • - The legal and ethical issues relating to health care
  • - The principles and practice of clinical governance, clinical audit and research methodology
  • - Integrated Care and Community/ Population Health
  • - Integrated care agenda
  • - Approaches to addressing population physical and mental health including Community psychology
  • (Clinical): - The presentation of complex mental health problems and range of disorders in the perinatal period.
  • (Management) : - The principles and practice of clinical governance, clinical audit and research methodology
  • - Sufficient knowledge of other modalities to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with service users
  • - Post graduate level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • - Current mental health legislation and initiatives, including NHS policies and procedures and Health & Safety issues.
  • - Understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspective of this client group.

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