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Lead Parent Infant Psychotherapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£61,341 to £70,439 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS)

CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Services (PMHS) comprise of four community teams, a mother and baby unit (Coombe Wood) and the Maternal Trauma and Loss Care Service (MTLCS). We are looking for a Lead Perinatal Parent Infant Psychotherapist to join our team, keen to expand our MDT and continue with the development of our psychologically informed pathways.

Aligning to the Long Term Plan, our service is now offer a review at 12-months post natal for provisions of Extended Period of Care up until 24-months post-natal. Furthermore, we are also offering Partner's Assessment and screening for mental health needs in significant others.

The lead perinatal parent-infant psychotherapist will have a significant role in leading the specialist interventions for families offered extended period of care and promoting the quality of the relationship between the mother and her infant.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead the systematic provision of a high quality, highly specialist parent-infant psychotherapy service to clients of the CNWL perinatal service, across all sectors of care.
  • To provide clinical supervision to parent-infant psychotherapists
  • To supervise and support the parent-infant assessment and treatment of patients provided by the psychotherapists, which are adapted to the needs of perinatal patients.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service and teams.
  • To conduct, promote and facilitate audit and research within the perinatal field.
  • To act as a specialist resource to the wider Trust and across the National professional community.
  • To propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the team/service.

About us

CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Service

CNWL has established a high-quality multidisciplinary community and liaison perinatal mental health service across five London Boroughs,

CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS) comprises specialist multidisciplinary perinatal mental health teams five boroughs served by the trust (Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) enabling the delivery of evidence based perinatal mental health care through a coordinated multidisciplinary specialist approach across maternity, primary and secondary care, tertiary specialist services, social care and voluntary sector.

You will join a team that delivers specialist community perinatal mental health service (PMHS), which integrate maternity services, community and primary care services. We respond rapidly to presentations within the maternity context and address the risks to both mothers and infants of perinatal illness We focus on prevention, early detection with NICE guidelines and based in the community, close to mothers and babies.

The successful candidates will be highly motivated, energetic and passionate about delivering high quality care to patients acute and chronic psychiatric conditions in perinatal service, ensuring that assessment and interventions are provided in a sensitive, accessible and culturally appropriate way.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Professional accountability to the Chief Psychologist via the Consultant Perinatal Clinical Psychologist.
  • Operational accountability to the Perinatal clinical director via the Consultant Perinatal Psychologist and the Perinatal service manager.
  • Clinical accountability to the clinical leads within the team via the Consultant perinatal clinical psychologist.
  • Reports to the service manager.

  • The professional supervision of parent-infant psychotherapist and honoraries, trainees and others as relevant to this post.
  • Ensuring parent-infant psychotherapy referral and user contact data is properly collected, recorded and administered as directed by the Service manager.
  • Ensuring therapy outcome data is collected in a timely effective manner for the purposes of reporting and audit.
  • Ensuring the welfare of those to whom the post holder is considered as holding the duty of care in accordance with professional codes of conduct and Trust policies and procedures.
  • Overseeing the allocation of Material resources as test materials and equipment, books, stationery and IT equipment.
  • Overseeing the use of video feedback and storage of digital film data to ensure compliance with the relevant clinical governance and data protection purposes.


    This post necessitates working directly and indirectly with women who have vulnerable babies and are experiencing complex and severe mental health difficulties. Some clients/patients may be difficult to engage and their behaviour may significantly challenge the integrity and welfare of the post holder. The post also necessitates the post holder to travel regularly across inner and outer boroughs across the Trust and when necessary, to service users homes, local community amenities or independent sector establishments often transporting test materials, audio-visual and IT equipment. Working in a leadership role within a multidisciplinary context, the post holder may be required to address challenging team dynamics/conflicts of interest, restricted working environments and undertake generic roles and responsibilities.


  • To provide highly specialist psychotherapy assessments of the more complex clients referred to the teams, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing or overseeing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based care plans.
  • To provide highly specialist psychotherapeutic advice, guidance supervision and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To ensure that all members of the treating team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice, consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.
  • To undertake risk assessments and risk management for individual clients and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni - and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team.

  • Teaching, training and supervision:
  • To provide or oversee the provision of psychotherapy trainee / honorary placements that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.
  • To provide post-qualification training (CPD) and clinical professional supervision to recently qualified clinical and/or counselling psychologists attached to the team.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training and clinical supervision to other members of the team for their provision of psychological interventions to help improve clients well-being and functioning.
  • To provide pre- and post-qualification teaching of psychotherapy as appropriate.
  • To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional pre- and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate. Teaching, training and supervision.

  • Leadership, management, recruitment, policy and service development
  • To join the psychological therapies leads in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To join the psychological therapies leads in undertaking responsibility for the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical and service governance strategic objectives as relevant to this specialty.
  • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To support with the management of the workloads and activities of trainee and more junior psychotherapists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.
  • To exercise delegated responsibility for managing the psychological resources available to a team, whether in the form of additional qualified and unqualified graduate psychology staff, or in the form of psychological materials employed in the assessment and treatment of patients.
  • To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team.
  • To participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short-listing process and as a member of interview panels for assistant, trainees and qualified clinical psychologists.
  • To participate alongside other colleagues in any service development work involving experts by experience and ensuring the contribution is heard and their well -being is attended to and maintained.

  • IT responsibilities

    To use IT and hold responsibility for equipment thereof for the following:
  • Recording of client contact information.
  • Development and delivery of teaching/other material.
  • Data analysis, report writing and email communication.

  • Research and service evaluation
  • To support the psychological therapies leads in the evaluation, monitoring and development of the psychological therapies and wider perinatal services operational policies, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • Ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high-quality care.
  • To utilise psychological theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice within individual work and group work.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
  • To initiate project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services to clients and their families.

  • General:
  • To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.
  • To ensure the development and articulation of best practice in psychotherapy within the service area and contribute across the service by exercising the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of parent-infant psychotherapy and related disciplines.
  • To maintain and promulgate the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice as per the appropriate accrediting body (e.g. UKCP, the British Psychoanalytic Council, BPS) and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

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