0 - 4 PIMHS Psychotherapist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Gross per annum
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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If you are passionate about parent infant relationships, then now is the time to come and work for NSFT 0-4 Parent Infant Mental Health service.

We are at the forefront of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services transformation in Norfolk and Waveney. With the National conversation increasingly focussed on infant mental health this is a hugely exciting time to be working in these services. With community awareness about the challenges families of infants and young children face, the 0-4 Parent Infant Mental Health team focus support on the development of healthy relationships which promote emotional health and resilience.

The 0-4 Parent Infant Mental Health team are currently redesigning treatment pathways and provision and are seeking a highly motivated and skilled psychotherapist to complement the team as we progress through the Children's Mental Health Transformation Strategy.

The post holder will work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team and partner organisations to improve the emotional health and development of infants and pre-school children who are experiencing emotional difficulties, through dyadic or family-based interventions.

Main duties of the job

  • Providing therapy for parents and babies and children under four years of age.
  • Providing consultation and training to a variety of professionals and agencies.

About us

Why work for us? We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.


Benefits included with this role are:-
  • NHS pension
  • A comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • Career progression
  • Starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • Staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Job description
Job responsibilities
  • Provide therapeutic interventions that aim to improve the relationship between infant and main caregiver.
  • Maintain clinical records of assessment and interventions, details of support provided, and evidence related to targets and produce reports as necessary.
  • Take responsibility for the general administration to support clinical matters.
  • Participate in the agreed performance management systems for a Clinical Therapist including appropriate clinical supervision.
  • Ensure that professional development needs are identified and that activities are undertaken including appropriate clinical supervision.
  • Liaison and consultation with professional colleagues both within and outside of NSFT.
  • Ensuring safeguarding of children and implement Local Safeguarding Board (LSCB) procedures where a child may be at risk.
  • Supporting and promoting the service aims and objectives, in particular an awareness of parent infant mental health.
  • Shared responsibility as member of the clinical team to develop training materials and resources.
  • Providing consultation and training to professional groups as needed.
  • Participate actively in regular supervision and clinical meetings.
  • Attend NSFT meetings as required.
  • To ensure that reasonable care is always taken for the health, safety and welfare of yourself and other persons, and to comply with policies and procedures relating to health and safety within NSFT.

Person Specification
  • Post graduate qualification in a relevant field of mental health or social care
  • To be registered with either UKCP/HPC/BABCP or an equivalent body.
  • minimum of four years or equivalent with respective discipline
  • Post graduate qualification in psychotherapy or equivalent

  • Doctoral degree in psychotherapy or closely related subject.
  • Masters level Qualification or working towards this.

  • Significant experience post qualification in Child & Family service
  • Experience of teaching and training in Family Therapy
  • Extensive experience of multi agency work
  • Extensive experience of delivering training, supervision and consultation.

  • Experience of other treatment approaches.
  • Experience of Research & Audit

  • Skills of working with children and families with mental health and social problems
  • using a variety of approaches coherent with a psychotherapy perspective. Ability to apply analytical skills to multi -layered complex cases
  • Ability to provide on going treatment in complex, often unstable and frequently changing circumstances..
  • Advanced communication skills, including ability to write high quality clinical reports for a variety of purposes.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • IT skills

  • Knowledge of the legislation relevant to children and young people and Mental Health
  • Knowledge of safeguarding children policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of current evidence base relating to child and adolescent Mental Health.

  • Ability to travel independently
  • Personal resilience as dealing with highly complex casework
  • Ability to act independently
  • Good awareness of quality and diversity issues and the ability to work with a culturally diverse service user group

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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