Perinatal Clinical Psychologist

Employer
Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Profession
Psychologist
Service
Perinatal Care
Grade
Band 8A
Hours
Part Time
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We are looking for motivated and committed psychological therapists who are passionate to lead the development of psychological therapies and the therapy pathways within our perinatal mental health services. For a Band 8a position we would be looking for a qualified Clinical Psychologist, a qualified EMDR practitioner who is accredited as an EMDR supervisor, an experienced qualified BABCP CBT practitioner with leadership experience and/or supervisor training/qualification and/or similarly qualified and experienced other therapist role. A training, qualification and accreditation in a second therapeutic model would also be considered as eligibility for a Band 8a position.

Main duties of the job

We are interested to receive applications from Clinical Psychologists, BABCP accredited CBT practitioners, EMDR qualified practitioners, Family Therapists, DBT therapists (with a professional qualification and clear evidence of full DBT model practice/experience) and Psychotherapists to form part of our Psychological Therapies Team.

Applicants must have a proven ability to formulate, document, implement and review plans for the psychological treatment and management of women with a full range of clinical presenting problems. They should demonstrate and ability to thoroughly assess risk, to formulate safe and effective risk management plans and document and communicate these clearly and effectively.

We are looking for well-rounded and experienced practitioner with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. They must be keen to work pro-actively and be confident and motivated as well as flexible and able to show initiative.They must be robust and resourceful and willing to work in an environment which can be demanding and challenging. Appropriate training, support and regular supervision will be provided by the Consultant Psychologist, the by the MDT and a Senior Perinatal Psychologist.

About us

CNWL Perinatal Mental Health service is comprised of four community Perinatal services in the London Boroughs of Brent and Harrow, Hillingdon, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea, the new Maternity Trauma and Loss Care Service and Coombe Wood Mother and Baby inpatient Unit which is a tertiary service. We are looking for qualified psychological therapists to join our teams, keen to expand our MDT and continue with the development of our psychologically informed pathways.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary
  • Providing psychological treatment for a caseload of clients with complex perinatal mental health needs during their pregnancy and up to one year post-natally. These may be longstanding mental health problems or those presenting for the first time.
  • To deliver interventions which provide support to mothers and their families in caring for their babies developmental needs, promoting infant mental health and wellbeing.
  • To work with service users in a variety of settings, including service user homes, antenatal clinics, Childrens centres and outpatient clinics.
  • To be involved in joint assessments including participating in a duty rota and telephone triage for referrals with support of experienced Perinatal Practitioners, Team Leader and other clinicians.
  • To ensure accurate and concise record keeping relating to both parents and babies as well as documenting interactions with external agencies where appropriate.
  • To provide written and verbal feedback relating to the mothers care of her baby and general feedback relating to the babys well-being at clinical and local authority meetings.
  • To communicate in a clear and professional manner with all parents, colleagues and extended agencies involved in safeguarding of the baby.
  • To have close working links with our designated Mother and Baby unit, Coombe Wood
  • To also work in partnership with local health visiting teams, maternity services, childrens centres, Childrens services and adult mental health services
  • To participate in the teaching programme, clinical supervision and staff support groups to develop own and teams professional expertise.
  • To ensure Trust Infection Prevention and Control procedures are adhered to relating to both the babies and their equipment.
  • Leadership and Service Development
    • To support with therapeutic leadership within the PMHS team
    • To support with the service development of psychological therapies within and across the PMHS team/s e.g. supporting with a working group.
    • To provide and support the service with capturing and disseminating data on the delivery of psychological therapies.
    • To lead and support with service evaluation and development initiatives to improve the effectiveness and quality of service delivery.
  • Clinical
    • To work creatively and sensitively to provide assessment and evidence based interventions for women with moderate to severe mental health problems including severe mental illnesses and personality disorders/complex trauma.
    • To provide a range of psychological interventions based on thorough clinical formulations of womens difficulties during the perinatal period.
    • To work as lead professional and co-ordinate and review care and treatment plans as appropriate to support and treat the client within her particular familial and social context.
    • To develop and apply specialist clinical knowledge relating to baby care and attachment models to promote infant mental health and well-being.
    • Supporting mothers to develop skills and awareness in the practical care of their baby.
    • To work independently and jointly with other professionals proving support to individuals in a variety of settings, including service user homes, antenatal clinics, Childrens centres and outpatient clinics.
    • To plan and participate in delivering group interventions based on evidence-based models of therapy.
    • To support treatment plans, along with other professionals i.e. breast feeding groups, play group, mother and infant attachment sessions etc.
    • To support service users and colleagues in ensuring care plans are developed with consideration of their babys well-being.
    • To be involved in joint assessments including participating in a duty rota and telephone triage for referrals with support of experienced Perinatal Practitioners, Team Leader and other clinicians.
    • To be vigilant and proactive in risk assessment & risk management strategies.
    • To be aware of and sensitive to the safeguarding needs of children and adults in their work, and knowledgeable both about potential indicators of abuse or neglect and about what to do if they had concerns about a child's or adult's welfare.
    • Work in partnership with the local authority in the assessment and review of children at risk.
    • To provide teaching/advice to other professionals within the team sharing professional expertise.
    • To recognise and promote all aspects of cultural diversity, devising baby care plans as guided by registered practitioner, that respond positively to ethnic awareness with sensitivity, where necessary
    • To carry out delegated clinical nursing procedures/techniques whenever required in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Trust, within an agreed and monitored supervisory framework
  • Communication
    • To aim to develop positive therapeutic relationships with service users, using warmth and empathy.
    • To demonstrate skills and resourcefulness in communication where there are barriers to understanding such as utilising interpreting resources.
    • To ensure accurate and concise clinical record keeping relating to both parents and babies as well as documenting interactions with external agencies where appropriate.
    • To provide written and verbal feedback relating to the mothers care of her baby and general feedback relating to the babys well-being at clinical meetings such as care reviews.
    • To act at all times in safeguarding the integrity, confidentiality and availability of sensitive information relating to mothers and staff
    • To treat colleagues and mothers with respect at all times, creating a positive role model and team player
    • Establishing communication networks with other professionals and agencies in order to ensure a comprehensive and consistent approach to client care is delivered.
    • To provide and receive complex, sensitive, condition related or distressing/unwelcome information to service users and carers demonstrating empathy and reassurance.
    • To attend and contribute to MDT clinical and business meetings.


    Person Specification Training & Qualifications Essential
    • Post-graduate Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), accredited by the BPS & HCPC
    Desirable
    • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice relevant to Perinatal mental health
    Skills & Experience Essential
    • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a substantial years( of which should be within this area/specialty)
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
    Desirable
    • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
    • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
    • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
    Knowledge and Skills Essential
    • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc). Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies. Assessed by application form, interview, and references. Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist JD Band 8a 2 design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
    • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
    Desirable
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies with people with severe and complex difficulties such as SMI and Personality Disorder..


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